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Cord blood joins the fight against Covid-19

Researchers are piloting the use of an umbilical cord blood therapy to help Covid patients battling pneumonia. The trial team at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne is currently working with confirmed Covid patients who have moderate to severe pneumonia, until the end of the year. They are trying to find out if the cord blood…

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What does a pandemic smell like?

  Apparently Covid-19 has a particular odour and sniffer dogs are being worked with in a number of trials around the world, showing huge early promise in sniffing out people with the virus.   Germany is just one of the countries trialling sniffer dogs, the idea being dogs can be trained to pick up Covid…

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Cord blood helps brain and motor function in children with CP

An infusion of cells from a child’s own umbilical cord blood appears to improve brain connectivity and motor function in children with spastic cerebral palsy. The results of the randomized clinical trial were recently published by Stem Cells Translational Medicine. The placebo-controlled, phase two trial included 63 children with varied types and severities of spastic cerebral palsy, a condition usually…

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