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  The answer is indefinitely. Cord blood stem cells don’t have an expiry date and the chance of needing to use them increases with age. According to Frances Verter,  the founder of the international independent site – Parents Guide to Cord Blood Banking it doesn’t make sense to invest in the up-front collection and processing fees and then…

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WHAT IS CORD BLOOD? Cord blood is the blood remaining in your baby’s umbilical cord following birth. These stem cells can repair damaged tissues and are being used right now for thousands of patients. Everyday lives are being saved with a cord blood transplant. WHY IS CORD BLOOD SO PRECIOUS? Your baby’s cord blood provides a rich source of stem cells that…

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New study lifts the lid on multi-tasking mothers                   Turns out mums aren’t naturally good at multitasking – they have no choice but to get good at it! New research debunks the suggestion women are innately better at it than men, finding both men and women’s brains…

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McMaster University researchers have found cord blood that has been stored through freezing for long periods of time has the potential to be used as a treatment for breast cancer. The research comes as McMaster health scientists seek additional medical opportunities for frozen, or cryopreserved, cord blood currently in storage around the world, since this…

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A new study in Royal Society Open Science found that moods spread across friend groups like a “social contagion.” Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 middle and high school students in the USA over  a period of six months to a year.  As part of the check-ins, depression screenings were administered to identify any common thread among the moods, feelings, and levels of…

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For expectant parents in Finland, their “bundle of joy” isn’t just the baby. Since 1938, new mothers and fathers have received a cardboard box, often used as the baby’s first crib filled with a small mattress, blankets, infant clothes, outerwear, toiletries, and more.  The Finnish government supplies the boxes, saying the gift encourages good parenting…

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New research, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found women who have a child after the age of 35 have better memories in middle age than those who complete their family earlier. The reason is believed to be the surge of hormones which flood the body in pregnancy, which affect the brain’s…

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The answer is a resounding yes, according to a study from the University of Essex. It showed that girls who have mothers who “nag” them were more likely to go to university, get better jobs and avoid teen pregnancy than those with mothers who were more relaxed. The study, led by researcher Ericka Rascon-Ramirez, followed…

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Baby brain, the pregnancy-induced fog which many women experience, may have a very real purpose.   Researchers at the University of London found that pregnant women show increased activity in the area of the brain related to emotional skills.   During pregnancy, women use the right side of their brain more than new mothers do,…

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A new study published in Evolution and Human Behaviour, reported that grandparents who babysit their grandchildren live significantly longer lives. The study used data from the Berlin Aging Study and analysed 20 years worth of data from 500 seniors aged 70 and older. Grandparents who provided some form of care to their grandchildren had a 37…

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