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20 Cord Blood Myths & 20 Facts That Could Save Your Baby’s Life

‘Cord Blood Myths and Facts’ by the Cord Blood Association (CBA) offers a useful guide to the accuracy of popularly held views about cord blood banking. Through their piece, the CBA hopes to counter some of the conjecture heard by health professionals with medical fact. Here are 20 myths that...

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Why Cord Blood Is Doctors’ First Choice in Treating Hurler’s Syndrome (MPS I)

Umbilical cord blood saved Lyla Edgington’s life when she was diagnosed with the progressive genetic disease Hurler’s Syndrome (a mucopolysaccharide storage disease, MPS I). In an interview for World Cord Blood Day 2018, Lyla’s parents Steve and Helen Edgington shared Lyla’s story. “It all started when Lyla was 5...

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Biovault CEO Kate Sneddon Takes Her Place Amongst Plymouth’s 400Women in Stem

In 2016-17 just 25% of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) graduates were women, a statistic that Biovault has turned on its head. Here not only the Chief Executive Officer but the Chief Financial Officer, Medical Director and a large proportion of the biotech company’s scientists, administrators and advisors are...

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Cleft Palate Mended with Umbilical Stem Cells Avoids Complex Surgery

Cleft Palate affects 1 in 700 babies and may now be treated with stem cells from the umbilical cord. What is Cleft Palate? The NHS explains that “the gap is there because parts of the baby’s face didn’t join together properly during development in the womb.”  Babies can be born with...

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Doctors Lobby for Cord Blood Education to be Legally Required

Cord blood Education has been a legal requirement in some parts of the USA for a decade. As doctors push for increased awareness, we ask: Why is the UK being left behind? Cord Blood Education in the United States Medical experts are lobbying Washington to make sure that pregnant...

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First Ever Cord Blood Transplant: 30 Year Celebration

Cord Blood Connect 2018 provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the world’s first cord blood stem cell transplant. Everyone involved, including Matthew Farrow himself who was 5 years old at the time, came together in Miami to share the latest advances in cord blood transplantation....

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Free Tickets for The Baby Show, London Olympia, October 2018

We can’t wait to meet you at The Baby Show in London this October So we’re offering 10 pairs of free tickets to our readers, followers and friends as well as a 35% discount on Baby Show tickets to all our followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To enter the competition and...

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Children with Leukaemia to Receive CAR-T Therapy on the NHS

Fantastic news today as children with leukaemia will be able to access CAR-T therapy on the NHS. The CAR-T cells in this pilot have been derived from peripheral blood. Groups are working on the same process using CAR-T cells from umbilical cord blood, a non-invasive source of therapeutic cells....

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10 Essentials for Cord Blood Banking

How can we expect parents to trust cord blood banking if banks care for stem cells so poorly that they cannot be used for treatment? Earlier this year, Joanne Kurtzberg, a pioneer of cord blood banking and one of the world’s most respected specialists in umbilical stem cell therapy,...

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What will you do with the afterbirth? Bin, Bank, Donate or Sell?

You’re likely to start hearing this question more often. As the UK wakes up to the fact that umbilical cord blood and tissue contain billions of life-giving stem cells, expectant parents have yet another decision to make, and this one might be the most important of them all. Bin...