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Choosing a cord blood bank

Choosing a cord blood bank

As parents there are so many decisions to make, from choosing the perfect buggy to the best brand of nappies. Fortunately, help is at hand quick search on google will bring up a plethora of reviews and forums all packed with advice for the family to be. But what about cord blood banking? In the(…)

HTA launches guide for expectant parents.

HTA launches guide for expectant parents.

The Human Tissue Authority have published a cord blood banking guide for parents in the UK. But who are the HTA and why have they created this guide? The Human Tissue Authority The HTA regulate organisations in the UK that remove, store and use human tissue for research, medical treatment, post-mortem examination, education and training,(…)

Childhood Cancer and Cord Blood

Childhood Cancer and Cord Blood

Childhood cancer is a parent’s worst nightmare, however, childhood cancer is rare.  Additionally, the days where any diagnosis of childhood cancer is a terminal diagnosis are long gone.  Today the vast majority of children survive as a result of an improvement in diagnosis and treatments.  Especially relevant is the introduction of stem cell transplants.  Cord(…)

The History of Cord Blood

The History of Cord Blood

The history of cord blood in medicine is relatively brief.  However, since its inception in medicine, cord blood has developed into approved therapy in the treatment of over 80 illnesses.  Cord blood is increasingly important in regenerative therapies. Despite this many parents are still unaware of its importance and are unable to make an informed choice(…)

Stem Cells: What Are They?

Stem Cells: What Are They?

For several years now stem cells have been hitting the headlines. It seems every week a new breakthrough, discovery or treatment has been found with these amazing cells. But where do they come from? And what do they do? What are they? Stem cells are the body’s master cells and they’re the very first cells(…)