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First child treated with cord blood in Aussie diabetes trial

When Rachel Weldon, mother of 4 year old Isla, was asked why she banked cord blood she said – it just seemed like a good insurance policy. “Now being involved in this trial we feel so grateful” Researchers at Westmead’s Children’s Hospital hope that the cord blood, which is rich in immune cells, will help…

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Will the young live forever?

The life saving power of cord blood stem cells is well known. But now thanks to a 115 year old woman, their power to rejuvenate aging bodies and lengthen lifespan has been revealed. Born in 1890, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper was at one point the oldest woman in the world. She was also remarkable for her health, with…

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How long should you keep your child’s cord blood stored?

The answer is indefinitely. Cord blood stem cells don’t have an expiry date and the chance of needing to use them increases with age. According to Frances Verter,  the founder of the international independent site – Parents Guide to Cord Blood Banking it doesn’t make sense to invest in the up-front collection and processing fees and then throw…

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New baby on the way?

If you’re expecting another baby, we have a special welcome gift for you both. All you need to do is register by 30 September 2015 and you’ll get the first year of cord blood storage for free. You’ll get peace of mind knowing you’re ready for the arrival of your new baby and save $225.00…

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Mini pig cartilage trial brings new hope

  With over a million knee and hip replacement operations carried out every year in the US –  the need to find a way to replace worn cartilage is vital. The result of a new study involving mini pigs, treated with cord blood,  has good news for sufferers. In a study carried out at the…

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Cord blood saves baby after drowning

Summer is fast approaching… and sadly, drowning remains one of the leading causes of death for children. But one family’s decision to bank their daughters cord blood at birth gave her a second chance after drowning. After falling into her family swimming pool Sparrow Morris was without oxygen for 45 minutes, the outlook for one year…

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Win free cord blood banking this month – celebrating Frances’ survival

Kiwi families have the chance to win free cord blood banking for their babies this month – thanks to a special promotion celebrating the 7th anniversary of Frances Everall’s life saving cord blood re-infusion. Diagnosed with a stage 4 cancer when she was only 4, Frances’ outlook was very grim. But thank to the foresight…

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Cord Blood Cure for Autism?

The worlds leading cord blood specialist, Dr Joanne Kurtzberg has started a study using a child’s own cord blood to treat autism. The $15 million project, at Duke University, has already enrolled 20 children. Read more about this exciting study which brings new hope to families worldwide http://corporate.dukemedicine.org/news_and_publications/news_office/news/15-million-award-to-go-toward-exploring-new-treatments-for-autism-other-brain-disorders

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FDA-approved trial in the US to treat hearing loss with cord blood stem cells

Florida Childrens Hospital in Orlando is launching a trial that will use children’s stem cells to treat acquired sensorineural hearing loss. This groundbreaking phase 1 trial will be assesing whether a childs own cord blood can improve inner ear function, speech and language development. Sensioneural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss, with up…

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