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FAQ: What are the chances that we will use the banked cord blood?

The popularity of cord blood banking has dramatically increased in recent years. This has been caused by parents becoming more aware of the benefits that preserving cord blood provides. Cord blood banking allows parents to hold onto the powerful stem cells in cord blood which can be used to treat over 80 different conditions.

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9 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy for First Time Mums-to-Be

If you’re in the early stages of carrying your first baby, here are our top tips for a happy and healthy pregnancy.

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Stem Cells Show Promise as a Drug Delivery Tool for Childhood Brain Cancer

Researchers from the UNC School of Medicine, University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy have teamed up to develop a stem cell treatment for childhood brain cancer.  The researchers are using stem cells as a delivery mechanism that propels anti-cancer drugs to the site of the cancer cells.

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5 Basic Tips for Raising a Happy Toddler

All parents want a healthy and happy child. Sometimes this can be a challenge and there is always the self-doubt that makes you question every decision you’ve ever made. Is my child happy? Will my child grow up to be a happy person? Is there anything I can do better? Here are our top tips for raising a happy toddler.

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FAQ: What is Allogenic and Autologous cord blood transplant?

Stem cell research has been advancing at a rapid pace for decades. Researchers are regularly discovering new uses for cord blood stem cells and improving the techniques for delivering stem cell transplants.

While the advances in stem cell research are very exciting, it can sometimes be difficult to understand what the scientists are talking about. It can seem like they are talking in a different language when discussing stem cell therapies.

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Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects

Giving birth to a healthy baby is likely to be a top priority for almost every new parent out there. The risk of causing or inheriting birth defects can not only be quite stressful for parents but also very unpredictable. This article is going to look at how you can minimise risks and make healthier choices to prevent birth defects.

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Intervertebral Disc Degeneration could be Treated Using Mesenchymal Stem Cells

A team of researchers from universities in Portugal have showcased a new stem cell treatment for Intervertebral Disc (IVD) Degeneration.  The treatment uses Mesenchymal Stem Cells to regenerate tissue in the spine.

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8 Annoying Toddler Habits and How to Deal with Them

Ah, the toddler years. These are some of the most cute and adventurous years of your parenting career.

Toddlers have huge emotions that they don't know how to deal with. They are amused at the tiniest things and can even start to be more affectionate and lovable, but also very angry or sad. For this reason, toddlers should come with a warning label. Along with the fun and giggles come some annoying habits that your kid may start to exhibit on a daily basis.

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FAQ: How long should we store the umbilical cord blood?

One of the greatest advantages of storing your child’s umbilical cord blood in a private cord blood bank is that it can be preserved for many years. This means your child or another family member can access this valuable and potentially life-saving medical resource long into the future.

But how long can cord blood be preserved? This article will answer this question and identify the main advantages of being able to store cord blood for long periods.

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What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know about Prenatal Ultrasound


Every pregnant women is likely to be offered an ultrasound scan and many look forward to them with glee. For those who are unsure, this blog post is going take a look at what a prenatal ultrasound is and what it means for you.

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UNC Researchers Aim to Make Stem Cell Transplants Safer for Leukemia Patients

Researchers from the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have developed a new software which identifies potential immunotherapies in leukaemia patients having stem cell transplants.  This breakthrough will help doctors formulate personalised immune therapies that activate leukaemia specific donor cells while leaving the patient’s healthy cells unharmed.  The study was recently published in the journal Blood Advances.

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4 Common Fears of Every New Parent & How to Overcome Them

Becoming a parent is a life-changing event and one of the most eye-opening experiences a person is ever likely to encounter in life. Being a new parent is not an easy task though. You will try to do your best to take care of your newborn but at some point, you will start to wonder if you are doing everything the right way.

Here are some of the most common fears of every new parent and how to overcome them:

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FAQ: Why HLA matching is important before a cord blood transplant?

HLA matching is an important process that occurs before a cord blood transplant can be performed. This article will explain what HLA matching is and why it is so important.

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Tips to Reduce Blood Sugar during Pregnancy

Hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy can bring about gestational diabetes. There are a number of external factors – other than pregnancy hormones – that can contribute to gestational diabetes such as being older then 25, being overweight before the pregnancy, a family history of diabetes, a family history of large babies or a family history of stillborn babies. This article is going to take a look at some tips that can help to reduce blood sugar during pregnancy.

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Stem Cell Transplantation Feasible in Elderly Patients with Myeloma

New research indicates that it is safe for elderly patients to receive autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). These findings contradict the conventional belief that it was unsafe for older people to receive ASCT.

The research team was led by Dr. Andrew Pecora, president of Physician Services at Hackensack Meridian Health. He found that patient with comorbidities like diabetes or renal insufficiency could still receive a stem cell transplant safely.

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Guide to Choosing the Best Pet for Your Child

Owning a pet can be a very positive experience for your child. Taking care of a pet can also teach your child how to care for others and helps them learn how to be responsible.

However, a poorly chosen pet may become ignored by your child and ends up being your responsibility. It is important to choose a pet that matches your child’s age, preferences, favourite activities and personality. Here are a few tips for choosing the best pet that matches your child and brings them many years of joy!

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10 Facts You Should Know About Down Syndrome

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, where we celebrate the achievements of people with Down Syndrome. This annual event is also used to raise funds for Down Syndrome research and to share information to raise awareness about the condition with the general public.

Hundreds of events are held around the world to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month including fundraising events, the Buddy Walk®, awareness seminars, and meet-ups for the carers of people with Down Syndrome.

To help you learn more about Down Syndrome, this article will share 10 facts that you should know.

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