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Doctors studying regenerative powers of umbilical cord blood

At Children’s Memorial Hermann, pediatric trauma expert Dr. Charles Cox is studying cord blood to see if it can regenerate damaged brain tissues. “Cord blood is one piece of that puzzle,” Cox said. “There aren’t any good restorative therapies for brain injury, which is why we got into this years and years ago.” So far, cord…

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Medical potential of IPS stem cells exaggerated says world authority

From The Times February 17, 2010 Mark Henderson, Science Editor The medical potential of reprogrammed stem cells that do not require the destruction of embryos has been exaggerated, according to the head of one of the world’s leading regenerative medicine companies. Thomas Okarma, the chief executive of Geron Corporation, told The Times that while so-called…

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Winners of our December Competition

Congratulations to our December promotion winners – Claire Boocock and Dougall Cameron – who are expecting their first baby next month. They entered the ‘register by 31 December’ draw and won a CordBank collection kit worth $750. “We decided to register with CordBank due to Dougall’s history of Leukaemia. We wanted the security of knowing…

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CordBank Collects From All Over The World…

 We have received queries from prospective parents all over the world about collecting their new born’s cord blood from an international location and transporting it back to our laboratory in Auckland. Recently we collected the cord blood for baby Olivia from Malaysia. Proud parents Jon & Olivia wrote: “Dear Kate, Kylie and everyone at CordBank,…

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Helping Our Haiti Earthquake family

The Haiti earthquake was a terrible tragedy that made headlines around the world, but for one New Zealand family, it was a particularly heart wrenching event. Emily Sanson-Réjouis from Nelson lost her husband Emmanuel and daughters Kofie-Jade and Zenzie in the earthquake. Fortunately daughter Alyahna survived, and Emily and Alyahna have since returned to Nelson…

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Two new trials using cord blood for cerebral palsy…

In February 2010 the Medical College of Georgia (USA) confirmed their principal investigator, James Carroll, MD, Chief of Pediatric Neurology at MCG had received FDA approval to determine whether an infusion of cord blood stem cells can improve the quality of life for children with cerebral palsy. As at the end 2009, 124 children had received their own…

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CordBanking… the gift that lasts a lifetime…

When Nikki Dines was expecting her first baby, her mum Linda offered to meet the costs of cord blood banking for her newest grandchild. It was an offer Nikki was delighted to accept. A good friend of Linda’s had recently done the same for her first grandchild and the idea made sense to her. “So…

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Toddler improves in leaps and bounds

Chloe Levine was born seemingly perfect — she was the happy and healthy baby her parents had dreamed of. But by the time she was 9 months old, Chloe was not reaching the milestones her older sister Shayla had met at that age. Chloe’s right hand was constantly clenched in a tight fist – she…

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An egg-citing opportunity for mums to be

We’re delighted to be partnering with EGG – the stylish maternity clothing brand – to give CordBank customers-to-be an exclusive offer. From 10th December 2009 until 31 March 2010, enter EGG as your code when you register online with CordBank and you’ll receive a $100.00 EGG gift voucher to use at any one of their three Auckland stores (Albany,…

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New study uses cord blood to treat newborn brain injury

Oxygen deprived newborns are the focus of a new study underway at Duke University in North Carolina. The pilot programme is being led by Dr Joanne Kurtzberg, who succesfully reinfused New Zealander Maia Friedlander with her own cord blood last year. The purpose of the pilot study is to evaluate the safety and feasibility of infusions…

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