Umbilical Cord Blood Helping Children with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a life-long congenital disorder that affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. In a phase II trial, Duke University Medical Center researched the use of stem cells derived from …

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Cord Blood Proven to Help Children Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy, normally caused by brain damage or abnormal brain development, is a disorder that affects motor function, balance, and more. Currently there is no cure for cerebral palsy, however, in a study from Duke University Medical Center children who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy showed significant improvements in both brain connectivity and motor function …

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Prenatal Blood Tests – What to Expect

Navigating through the many different pre-natal blood tests can be confusing. Names like Sequential Screening, NIPT, and Carrier Screening meant nothing to me before being pregnant. As my doctor explained the different blood tests, I found myself being even more confused. I just wanted to know which blood test was the best option for my …

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Advanced Cell Therapy Rapid Growth

Advanced Cell Therapy is defined as “all therapies in which cells are more than minimally manipulated”, for the treatment of a variety of diseases. Data shows that the number of cell therapies from 2016 – 2017 is rapidly growing.  In 2016, the number of trials registered was 582 worldwide. We are only in the first …

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The Benefits of Working Out While Pregnant

When you’re pregnant the last thing you are thinking about is working out. However pre-natal exercise not only helps reduce the amount of weight you gain during pregnancy but helps alleviate some of the symptoms you suffer during it. And let’s face it, if you’re in your first trimester you may be willing to do …

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Stem cells to treat heart failure

Currently over 6.5 million people in the US are affected by heart failure. This number is “expected to rise by 46 percent by the year 2030.” Heart failure is a chronic condition where the heart’s muscles weaken and it doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. “Half of all heart failure patients are expected …

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How long can cord blood be stored?

This common question comes up often when researching cord blood banking. Why do some banks only offer, 18, 20 or 25 years when other banks offer lifetime banking? Here’s what we know: Cord blood is rich in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). These cord blood stem cells produce the cellular ingredients necessary for the blood and …

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