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Cord blood helps brain and motor function in children with CP

An infusion of cells from a child’s own umbilical cord blood appears to improve brain connectivity and motor function in children with spastic cerebral palsy. The results of the randomized clinical trial were recently published by Stem Cells Translational Medicine. The placebo-controlled, phase two trial included 63 children with varied types and severities of spastic cerebral palsy, a condition usually…

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Cord blood helps after heart failure

Umbilical cord blood could provide a lifesaving treatment for heart failure patients, a new study has found. The report from the American Heart Association, published in September 2017, revealed that stem cells from cord blood boosted patients’ heart function when administered. Experts are hopeful that the study could improve the lives of the 37 million…

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Baby Jack rescued by life-changing cord blood

When he was born at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Jack was not breathing and was non-responsive.  Doctors whisked him away from his mother and started efforts to resuscitate him. They managed to save his life but soon had to deliver some bad news to his parents, Stephen Pankratz and Kim Kucher.  Their son had…

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Want to add years to your life? Do more housework..

Everyone knows that being active adds years to your life. But who knew that house cleaning counted?   A new study, involving 130,000 men and women showed that the participants who were healthiest and lived the longest were active for about 30 minutes most days, but they weren’t necessarily “working out.” In fact, the most common…

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Big gains after using cord blood for autism

Over 70% of children showed impressive improvements in autism symptoms and behaviours after re-infusion with their own stored cord blood. These results, from a Phase 1 trial at Duke University in North Carolina, have given hope to parents of children with autism, including one young Canadian boy. Click here to read the full study, published…

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15th birthday makeover for CordBank

We’re delighted to official reveal our 15th birthday CordBank brand make-over. Thanks to Liv Kirkpatrick, photographer and CordBank mother of two for these gorgeous packaging shots.

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Sporting couple bank on the future with CordBank

Like all mums to be, broadcaster Laura McGoldrick was overwhelmed by the many choices to be made. So she set about finding the answers for herself. See more The decision to bank cord blood for her new baby was an easy one. She explained more in her blog

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Toddler uses cord blood to prevent diabetes

An Australian toddler is the youngest person in the world to receive an infusion of her own umbilical cord blood in the hope of preventing diabetes. Since her birth, doctors have routinely tested Lucy’s blood for an antibody indicating she was on the path to develop type-1 diabetes. When her sister Ava (now 7) was…

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Will cord blood bring back memory?

Dementia patients have been offered hope that their memory could be repaired after scientists showed that cord blood restores brain function. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in the US discovered that cord blood contains an important protein which vanishes as humans get older. It is believed the protein encourages neuroplasticity in the brain,…

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