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How does cord blood help autism?

In this interview, Dr Joanne Kurtzberg explains how cord blood is being used in a Stage 2 clinical trial for autism and her hopes for the future.  Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy of Umbilical Cord Blood to Improve Outcomes for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Joanne Kurtzberg is an internationally renowned expert in pediatric…

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The secret to good parenting

Everyone knows that parenting matters. But which behaviours have the most impact when it comes to the success and happiness of children?  Author of the “Life Project”  Helen Pearson says the answer can be found in cohort studies, which monitored the lives of British people since 1946. The research showed that it comes down to…

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Behind the scenes at the CordBank lab

Behind the scenes at the CordBank lab To maintain security, our lab is a closed site – which means expectant parents and current clients aren’t able to see what goes on when their baby’s cord blood arrives. So we’ve created this short video to provide a behind the scenes look at the process followed on…

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$150 million for stem cell research

Stem cell medicine will transform and save lives – said the Aussie Minister of Health – announcing a $150 million infusion into the sector last month. That’s according to Australian Federal Minister of Health, Greg Hunt who recently announced a government infusion of $150 million into the sector. Hunt believes stem cells medicine will  transform and save the…

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Hoping for a life time free of limitations

                As a toddler, Samantha was found face-down in a swimming pool, and she nearly died. Carrie and her husband, Steven, knew Samantha had brain damage, and that meant a lifetime of limitations. Now she’s 5 and is taking part in a study that could change her future. …

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New parents face up to 6 years of lost sleep

    Everyone expects sleepless nights with the arrival of a new baby. Now new research says parental yawns might go on for 6 years. Researchers tracking the sleep of thousands of men and women as their family size increased have found that shuteye hits a low about three months after birth – with the…

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Can cord blood help cleft palate?

    This new technique, using cord blood stem cells, is being performed in Colombia as part of reconstructive surgery when the child is a few months old. It’s already showing good results in growing new bone, potentially avoiding the need for later bone graft surgery. A case report, written by  Dr Alejandro Garcia Botero, MD,…

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Skills Dads need to know

Skills Dads need to know

    Being a modern dad isn’t easy, as it turns out the job requires a wide array of different skills, according to a new survey. The research, commissioned by Braun ahead of Father’s Day, found that modern dads must know a multitude of information and topics – including how to navigate social media and the…

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The age of ‘the grands’.

The age of ‘the grands’.

The age of ‘the grands’. You can’t miss them. Grandparents are everywhere: on the school run, in the playground, waiting in the doctor’s surgery, reading to children in school, manoeuvring buggies onto trains and buses, standing loyally in goal. As hands-on providers of childcare, “the grands” have never been more visible or more indispensable to working parents. It’s…

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Can hearing loss in children be treated with stem cells?

Can hearing loss in children be treated with stem cells?

A study by a local husband and wife team is showing promising results for the use of umbilical cord blood to treat children with hearing loss. In their clinical trial, Linda Baumgartner, a listening and spoken language specialist at Clarke School for Hearing and Speech, and her husband, Dr. James Baumgartner, surgical director of Comprehensive…

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