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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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Parenting adds two years to your life

New research out of Sweden, has found that having children adds as much as two years to your life expectancy. Author of the study, Dr Karin Modig from the Karolinska Institutet, calls the years “payback time”. The research, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, showed that men and women with at least one…

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Just in case…

The ongoing evolution and advancement in scientific research provides compelling reason to consider banking a newborn baby’s cord blood.   Amidst all the hype and anticipation that surrounds the decision to embark upon starting a family is quite possibly one of life’s scariest realisations. For it was not until my husband and I made the…

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Children helping children on Purple Cake Day

Emily Sanson is a mother, humanitarian and CordBank member. She understands the importance of hope for the future which is why she founded the Purple Cake Day children’s charity. a charity that encourages children to help other children.

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Cord blood better than bone marrow

Every day, six New Zealanders are diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Increasingly. stem cells from cord blood are being used to treat blood cancer instead of bone marrow transplants.

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