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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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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 trial at Duke University in North Carolina, have given hope to parents of children with autism, including one young Canadian boy. Noah Barcolos was two years old when he was diagnosed…

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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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New hope in the shadow of multiple sclerosis

MS isn’t strictly a hereditary disease but it is linked to genetics and that’s why MS sufferer Georgia Woods preserved her sons’ cord blood. she’s planning to protect their future from the debilitating effects of MS.

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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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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 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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