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Results of US study – using cord blood to treat autism – due early 2014

A leading US paediatric neurologist, who is conducting an FDA approved trial using cord blood to treat autism expects to have the results by early 2014. Dr Michael Chez, director of paediatric neurology at Sutter Neuroscience Institute in Sacramento, Calif., began the FDA approved trial in August 2012 and said they have high hopes it will…

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Joy after sorrow for family after Doha fire tragedy

A year after tragically losing their two-year-old triplets in a fire in a Doha mall, local family Martin and Jane Weekes welcomed their new babies into the world. Born on July 30, the twins were a very special addition to the family and their arrival was celebrated by us all. Proud father Martin described their…

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New baby boy for Emily Sanson-Rejouis – three years after Haitian earthquake devastation

In 2010, New Zealander Emily Sanson-Rejouis and her husband Emmanuel were in Haiti working for the UN peace-keeping mission when they faced incomprehensible tragedy. A massive earthquake claimed the lives of over 300,000 people including Emily’s husband and two of their three young daughters, Kofie-Jade (5yrs) and Zenzie (3yrs). Thankfully little Alyahna (who was only one year old at the time)…

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Little girl writes her name for the first time after cord blood reinfusion

Grace was a happy, healthy little girl – until complications during oral surgery at two years old caused a major brain injury. She was diagnosed with hypertonic cerebral palsy, which left her weak and barely able to move. Fortunately, Grace’s cord blood was stored at birth, so she was able to receive life-changing cord blood…

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The Healing Cell – an exciting new book about the power of stem cells

This week at CordBank we are very excited about ‘The Healing Cell: How the Greatest Revolution in Medical History is Changing your Life’ – a new book about the incredible powers of stem cells. Its is written by Dr. Robin L Smith, Msgr. Tomasz Trafny and Dr. Max, all incredibly important people in the stem…

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Nathan’s life-changing cord blood treatment

Just like New Zealander Maia Friedlander, a little boy from Tucson, Arizona is seeing the incredible benefits of cord blood therapy. Nathan suffers from cerebral palsy, a condition caused by brain injury during birth that affects 1 in 278 children. It affects brain function, concentration and coordination – in Nathan’s case leaving him barely able…

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It’s a girl!

Congratulations to new parents Ali and Casey Williams, who welcomed their little girl into the world just last week! Little Jessica Harriet Williams was born on the 2nd of April weighing exactly seven pounds. Mum and baby are doing very well according to Blue’s captain Ali, and Jessica’s cord blood is already safely stored here…

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Groundbreaking diabetes clinical trial launches in Sydney

A new Australian study will examine whether umbilical cord blood could prevent or delay Type 1 diabetes in high risk children. The study, announced at the end of last year, will focus on children aged one to 12 years who have a close relative with Type 1 diabetes and access to their own stored cord…

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Why Saving Cord Blood for Every Child Matters

Why Saving Cord Blood for Every Child Matters As a nurse at a hospital in Arizona, Rachel Fryar first learned about the benefits of cord blood banking at work. When she and her husband, Colby, became pregnant with their first son, Jacob, they banked for the same reasons many families do – to be prepared…

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