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How Maia’s cord blood changed her life and the lives of her family

How Maia’s cord blood changed her life and the lives of her family   Maia Friedlander was the first NZ child to be successfully treated with her own cord blood after suffering brain damage at birth. Thankfully her parents, Jillian and Daniel, had this option because they had saved Maia’s cord blood stem cells with…

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Keeping Shai’s memory alive

Keeping Shai’s memory alive   Frances Verter gave up a career at NASA to dedicate her life to telling expectant parents about the importance of cord blood banking. When her daughter Shai was born, Frances did not know cord blood banking was an option and had no idea of how life-changing these stem cells could…

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Saving Frances’ cord blood saved her life

Saving Frances’ cord blood saved her life   This is a cord blood story that is both heart-wrenching and inspirational. When Frances Everall’s family banked her cord blood with CordBank in 2002, they never dreamed it would be needed so soon and so dramatically. But at four years old their daughter was diagnosed with a…

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What Laura McGoldrick discovered about cord blood banking

  What Laura McGoldrick discovered about cord blood banking   When the multi-talented Laura McGoldrick discovered she was pregnant with her first child, her journalist persona took over. To sort through the overwhelming amount of advice for new mums, Laura started asking questions. One of the things she wanted to find out more about was…

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Pandemic baby bonus

Singapore is planning to give couples around NZ$3200 for any baby born in the next two years.   It’s a response to Covid-19 as surveys have shown around a third of couples there are planning to delay starting or extending their families as a result of the pandemic.   The one-off payment is designed to…

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Why friend networks are so important

If your friends are friends you are likely to feel more supported.  A study done by Ohio State University has found people whose friends and family know and like each other feel they have more social support. The study author, David Lee, says the more cohesive and dense your network of friends and family is,…

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The power of parents’ love

While it is well understood parents often put their own relationship to the side to meet their children’s needs, it turns out that might not be the best approach.   Using unique data from Nepal, researchers from the University of Michigan and McGill University in Quebec has found the affection between parents shapes their children’s…

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Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery

A six month old baby is smarter than you might think and can understand when adults imitate them.   A new study from Lund University in Sweden has found six month old infants perceive imitators as more friendly.    The babies in the study looked and smiled longer at an adult who imitated them as…

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Blood test could diagnose baby brain damage just hours after birth

Scientists in London have developed a blood test which can detect which babies deprived of oxygen at birth are at risk of serious disabilities. The Imperial College team working with groups in India, Italy and the USA say the prototype test looks for certain genes being switched on and off that are linked to long…

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How does cord blood help autism?

Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy of Umbilical Cord Blood to Improve Outcomes for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder 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.  Joanne Kurtzberg is an internationally renowned expert in pediatric…

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