Umbilical Cord Blood Gives Hope to a Man with Myelodysplastic Syndrome

In a world-first, a Pakistani man is set to receive an umbilical cord blood transplant in China to treat his Myelodysplastic Syndrome.  It is the first time that a foreigner has received this type of umbilical cord blood transplant in China.

Myelodysplastic syndrome is a group of disorders caused when something disrupts the production of healthy blood cells.  In most cases, some blood cells are malformed or the body does not produce enough blood cells.  The symptoms of myelodysplastic syndrome include shortness of breath, fatigue, anaemia, easy bruising, and frequency infections.

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Tips to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Every year, thousands of women develop stretch marks as a result of pregnancy – and many of them feel self-conscious about them after they have given birth. The marks are completely harmless – but lots of women desperately seek ways they can reduce the appearance of their stretch marks, or prevent them from appearing altogether! Check out our top tips for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy.

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10 Simple & Fun Summer Vacation Activities to Try with Your Kids

The summer holidays can often stretch on endlessly and can drive some parents mad. Without school filling the majority of their day, children turn to their parents for entertainment and activities to keep them from feeling bored. So what activities can you try out to keep everyone happy?

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June is Scleroderma Awareness Month! 7 Facts You Should Know

As part of scleroderma awareness month, we’ve put together this article which covers 7 facts you should know about this uncommon condition and how cord blood stem cells are being used to treat it. But first, what is it?

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New Treatment Using Half-Matched Stem Cells for Sickle Cell Anaemia

Many researchers have attempted to use stem cells for sickle cell anaemia treatments in recent years.  Details of a new stem cell treatment protocol that may finally cure the condition have just been released.  The research was published in the journal Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation earlier this month.

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Guide to Gestational Diabetes Screening During Pregnancy

We’ve all heard of diabetes before – it’s the condition whereby the amount of glucose in the blood is at a dangerously high level. But did you know that you can develop a form of diabetes that is specific to pregnancy?

Gestational diabetes can occur at any time during pregnancy, but it’s most likely to develop in the last three-four months of carrying your baby. It happens because your body isn’t producing enough insulin, and it can cause significant problems for you and your baby if it’s not addressed properly.

Luckily, the vast majority of pregnant women undergo a gestational diabetes screening during pregnancy. Here’s a little more about the condition, the screening process, and some tips on how to reduce your risk of gestational diabetes.

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Guide to Newborn Care During the Summer Season for First-Time Mums

Congratulations on your new baby! It can be a daunting prospect to suddenly be responsible for this tiny human and so it’s important to ensure you have an appropriate support network around you. Understanding how to care for your baby will also make your job a lot easier and take away some of that anxiety. Here we’re going to look at how first-time parents can care for their newborns during the summer season.

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June is Cataract Awareness Month! 7 Facts You Should Know

As the world’s leading cause of blindness, cataracts are responsible for approximately 42% of blindness. Primarily affecting those over the age of 65, cataracts can be found in people of all ages, and as part of cataract awareness month, we’re going to look at 7 facts you should know.

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Stem Cell Treatment Aids Regeneration of Heart Cells Post Heart Attack

A recent study published in The Journal of Physiology suggests that a stem cell treatment may be able to help heart cells regenerate after a heart attack.  This new stem cell treatment works by regenerating heart muscle cells.

Stem cells are the building blocks of the human body.  They are unspecialised cells that can change to become specialised cells, including skin cells, heart cells, or nerve cells.

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Effective Ways to Prevent Heartburn During Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, your body is undergoing incredible changes every single day – and it’s natural to experience some side-effects as a result. One of the most common sensations that you might experience during pregnancy is heartburn – in fact, it’s estimated that 8 out of 10 women will have heartburn while carrying a child.

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6 Safety Rules to Keep in Mind when Swimming with Kids for the First Time

The number of children that drown every year is astonishingly high and so it’s more important than ever to encourage your child’s confidence in the water. Swimming for the first time can be terrifying, and not everyone takes to it so easily, leaving some children struggling to come to terms with how to swim.

Whether your child is 6 months or 6 years, here are 6 safety rules that will keep your child safe when you go swimming with them for the first time.

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Using Umbilical Cord Stem Cells to Treat Alzheimer’s & Brain Injury

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month.  It is an annual event that aims to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. This event is also used to support the caregivers who are looking after people with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Anaemia Using Haematopoietic Stem Cells

Gene therapy has been often mentioned in the media in recent years.  It is an experimental technique that treats genetic diseases by altering a person’s genes.  It either alters a disease causing gene or adds a healthy gene to replace it.  The first gene therapy was approved by the FDA in 2017 and aims to treat a rare genetic form of blindness.

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The Unconventional Guide to Losing Weight After Pregnancy

Many women start to research ways to lose their baby weight before they even deliver baby. Some women even avoid getting pregnant because of the weight gain. This is a concern among many and sometimes an emotional topic for a pregnant woman. We have created an unconventional guide to losing weight after pregnancy.

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8 Car Safety Tips for Kids During Summer You Should Know

Summer is probably one of the most favoured seasons of the year. Families have the chance to spend time together, children get a break from school, and everyone gets to enjoy the sunshine. Whilst it’s likely you’ll be keen to make the most of it, there are some important car safety tips that you need to keep in mind when traveling with kids:

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How Umbilical Cord Stem Cells are Saving the Lives of Cancer Patients

National Cancer Survivor’s Day is an annual celebration of cancer survivors held on the first Sunday in June.  It serves as a source of inspiration for people recently diagnosed with cancer and helps to raise money for cancer research.  The event also provides support to the families of cancer sufferers as well as community outreach.

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Using Cord Blood’s Unique Properties for Safer, More Efficient Allografting

A team of researchers from the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal in Canada have been using cord blood stem cells to improve cancer treatments. They recently published details of the 10-patient cohort study showing how stem cells may help patients with multiple myeloma.

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