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Blood cancer made visible by London installation

Make Blood Cancer Visible is an installation by Paul Cocksedge that gathers 104 three-dimensional letterform sculptures forming a typographic forest of names. The installation represents the 104 individuals that are diagnosed with blood cancer every day,1 raising awareness and shining a light on their experiences by exposing their individual stories....

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Could stem cells cure Parkinson’s disease?

Around one in 500 people are affected by Parkinson’s disease, which means there are an estimated 127,000 people in the UK with the condition. Most people with Parkinson’s start to develop symptoms when they are over 50, although one in 20 people with the condition first experience symptoms when...

Why Our Babies Need Us To Take Umbilical Cord Blood More Seriously

Babies are born with a life-line that we in the UK throw away all too easily. Here are three good reasons to give umbilical cord blood banking some serious thought: 1: It could save their life Umbilical cord blood transplantation can cure 82 diseases – and that number is...

Biovault Family Become the World’s First CellPlan Excel Bank

CellPlan launched this summer with a mission to make world-leading stem cell transplantation available to every family. Stem cell treatments can be expensive, especially when travel and accommodation are required to access the best care. CellPlan insurance covers up to £1 million in medical and travel expenses and offers its members consultations...

Leukaemia and Cord Blood Transplantation

  Keegan’s story Keegan Doheney was just 2 years old when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. Fortunately, Keegan’s doctors were able to get the leukaemia into remission, but his parents knew that there was always a chance of a relapse. Keegan’s mum, Wendy, found out about cord blood banking...

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Expert Insight: Delayed Cord Clamping and Umbilical Cord Blood Collection

Delayed cord clamping has been linked to health benefits for both mother and baby. But what does this mean for umbilical cord blood collection and transplantation? Is it possible to enjoy the best of both worlds? Stem Cell Scientists from Biovault and University College London as well as the Parents’ Guide to Cord Blood...

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Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease Sickle cell disease is the name for a group of conditions that affect red blood cells. The most serious of these conditions is called sickle cell anaemia.Healthy red blood cells are disc shaped, but in sickle cell disease these cells have a crescent or “sickle” shape. Sickle...

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Cord blood stem cell trial finds improvements in autism symptoms

Parents of 25 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) report that their children showed reduced signs of ASD after a recent stem cell treatment. The children received infusions of their own stem cells from banked umbilical cord blood as part of a clinical trial. ASD-related behaviour reduction The children (aged between two and five years)...

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UF Health diabetes researchers discover a way to expand potent regulatory cells

For parents, storing their newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood is a way to preserve potentially lifesaving cells. Now, a group of University of Florida Health researchers has found a way to expand and preserve certain cord-blood cells as a potential treatment for Type 1 diabetes. The findings involve thymic...

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Cellular-Based Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints for which pain management is the most common treatment. Researchers are investigating using bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) as a cellular-based method of regenerating damaged tissue and treating osteoarthritis. Patients with osteoarthritis (OA) suffer from painful inflammation in their joints and...