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When 9-year-old Barrett Ross was born, his parents chose to save the blood from his umbilical cord – ignoring the genetic counselor who told them there was no need for the expense. There was nothing in the family’s background to indicate potential disease for the newborn, the counselor told the new parents. (Uninformed advice that…

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A leading stem cell biologist has urged Irish parents who are refused the right to collect their babies’ umbilical cord blood for storage as future medical use, to sue the hospitals if their children later develop diseases such as cerebral palsy, stroke, and type 1 diabetes which can be treated with cord blood. Professor Colin…

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The second stage of an innovative trial using cord blood to treat children with Type 1 diabetes is now underway at the University of Florida College of Medicine. In this phase 2 study the investigators are trying to see if a single intravenous infusion of autologous (self) cord blood cells followed by 1 year of…

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Expectant parents can now sign up with CordBank for $750.00 and receive their baby’s special cord blood collection kit within 3 working days. Families with one or more children registered with CordBank can get their collection kit for the discounted sibling rate of $550.00.  Parents (or grandparents)  can choose to pay the $2,000 balance,  which covers the medical testing, processing and 1st year’s…

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To make it even easier for midwives and doctors to collect your family’s cord blood, we recently made the training video – that shows them the steps to follow – available online. It’s been a big hit – here are some of the comments they sent in “A brilliant video. It is useful having the…

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From Medical News Today: Stem cells from umbilical cord blood may provide the raw material to repair the hearts of thousands of babies born each year with defective heart valves, according to data presented at the recent American Heart Association annual meeting. Cardiologists from the University Hospital of Munich report they are about five years…

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