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Your 2020 Guide to Cord Blood Awareness Month

July is our favourite time of the year. Why? Because its Cord Blood Awareness Month which aims to raise awareness of the importance of umbilical cord blood and the amazing powers of newborn stem cells. We’ve put together some common questions about umbilical cord blood and saving our newborn baby’s stem cells.  If you’d like […]

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Hot weather advice while pregnant from Biovault Family

With this week’s temperatures set to soar above 30°c in some parts of the UK, we’ve put together some tips to help you stay cool and safe We know how uncomfortable it can be if you’re pregnant during a heat wave, with high temperatures putting you at risk of dangers like dehydration and sunstroke. With […]

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Stem cells hold huge promise for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

Stem cells offer the greatest potential in any area of medicine to treat some of humanity’s most devastating and debilitating conditions.  These include; Parkinson’s disease; spinal cord injury; heart attack; diabetes; blindness; multiple sclerosis; Alzheimer’s; stroke; organ transplantation; arthritis and osteoporosis; bone, tendon and cartilage damage; and sports injuries. This year Black Sabbath frontman’s Ossie […]

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The Power List 2020 includes Professor Qasim Rafiq with whom Biovault is collaborating on two research projects

As the Medicine Maker states in its Power List, “2020 has proven to be a challenging year for humanity,” but at Biovault we are so pleased to be rising to the challenge with our collaborator from University College London’s Biochemical Engineering Department, Associate Professor Qasim Rafiq. Qasim was “humbled and honoured to be named as […]

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Umbilical cord cells to be used in breakthrough treatment for Covid-19

Blood derived from umbilical cord cells are being used to treat patients with serious forms of coronavirus. In a world first, discovered by Australian researchers, patients at a Melbourne Hospital will be infused with the treatment to check its safety. The trial will recruit up to 24 patients with moderate to severe pneumonia, which develops […]

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Healing the heart of baby Thorben

Heart break to healthy, Thorben has fully recovered from major heart surgery, his condition prompting parents to chose cord blood banking Thorben Olsen is just like any other five month old baby – gorgeous, squidgy and adorable – with his devoted mum Joanne, dad Kjell and older sisters Teagan and Thea plying him with love […]

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Healing the heart of baby Thorben

Joanne and Kjell Olsen’s son Thorben was born with a serious heart defect. Now a fully healthy four month old baby, Joanne describes what it was like finding out how her son would die if he didn’t have major heart surgery, and how her medical research led her to safe guarding his future with umbilical […]

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An update from Biovault

Our team at Biovault Family are giving the best support possible as we settle in to the ‘new normal.’ As lockdown continues in the UK, the Biovault team are settling into the “new normal” of life at a social distance. We are fortunate that the South West of England, where Biovault is based, continues to […]

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Answers to questions about the Coronavirus pandemic 
and the banking of cord blood and birthing tissues

Source: The Cord Blood Association The coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the banking of umbilical cord blood and birthing tissues. Are the cord blood units previously stored in public and private banks safe from contamination? Cord blood inventories are not at risk for COVID-19 contamination. Most units were collected well before the current pandemic […]

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