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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...

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Mum Hopes Baby’s Stem Cells Will Help End Son’s Cancer Nightmare

Elijah is three. He likes dens, jigsaws and PAW Patrol. He is also 1 of the 95 children to be diagnosed with Neuroblastoma each year in the UK and 1 in 10 million to suffer from OMS (‘Dancing Eye Syndrome’). After five rounds of chemotherapy and harrowing surgical experiences, Lauren...

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Founder of UEA Genetic Disease Association Encourages Families to Bank Cord Blood

You may not have heard of Dr Maryam Matar,  Founder of the United Arab Emirates (UEA) Genetic Disease Association (GDA), but her achievement in genetic science is quite breathtaking. A pioneer in the field of genetic disorder studies, Dr Matar is also a multi-award winning geneticist and businesswoman; a...

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Cord Blood Successfully Expanded in Groundbreaking Cancer Trial

Cord blood and its healing potential have been dramatically expanded by researchers in Canada. Stem cells collected from the umbilical cord and placenta are younger, healthier and more flexible than those sourced from bone marrow or peripheral blood. So naturally, these are these cells are favoured by doctors; cord blood transplants...

How is Cord Blood Like an Umbrella? Save the Cord Foundation Explains

When you store stem cells, it’s like carrying an umbrella on a day that starts out fine. You don’t think you’ll need it, you hope you won’t need it, but there’s no predicting some rain showers. Save the Cord Foundation was established to help parents to prepare for those...

Poldark: Would Baby Sarah Survive Her Heart Condition Today?

Poldark fans felt the weight of Dwight’s grief this week as the doctor watched on helplessly as his daughter, Sarah died of a congenital heart condition unsuspected by Sarah’s (secretly) doting mother Caroline. (1) Poldark heartbreak as baby Sarah dies Poldark is a guilty pleasure for many of our...