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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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Autistic youngsters helped by cord blood

We have the inside scoop from Duke University about a trial using cord blood infusions to improve the lives of very young autistic children. The Duke study wanted to find out if cord blood infusions were able to improve cognitive abilities in the children. Those tested received two infusions of cord blood in a six…

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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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Sibling cord blood to the rescue

Sibling cord blood to the rescue    Although Leyla’s brain injury was diagnosed before she was born, no-one told her parents about cord blood banking. But when her baby sister Ela was born in 2018, they not only collected her cord blood but also enrolled in a new trial at Duke University Medical Centre –…

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New cord blood trial for spinal injury

New cord blood trial for spinal injury      A clinical trial, using cord blood, lithium and physical therapy to treat the most severe forms of spinal cord injury has been given the green light from the FDA. The experimental treatment does not cure paralysis but is the first to help people with complete chronic…

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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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