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Krabbe Disease: Twins Find Cord Blood Match

Krabbe Disease: Twins Find Cord Blood Match

Leicestershire twins Luis and Kian King have found a stem cell match. Juvenile-onset Krabbe Disease The boys from Sileby were diagnosed with the rare condition Juvenile-onset Krabbe Disease which causes loss of motor skills and severely shortens life expectancy.  In Krabbe Disease the body is missing an important enzyme which breaks down certain types of fat-based(…)

Caesarean Sections and Cord Blood

Caesarean Sections and Cord Blood

April is Caesarean Awareness Month and the perfect opportunity to debunk a common misconception about umbilical cord blood stem cell collection and cesarean births. There are 4 kinds of caesarean birth; elective, unplanned, urgent and emergency. Elective Caesarean Births An elective cesarean birth is planned in advance, often when the mother (or baby) has an underlying(…)

Scleroderma: In The Spotlight

Scleroderma: In The Spotlight

February is Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Awareness Month.  This week we’re asking “what is scleroderma?” and “can stem cells help?” Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Raynaud’s is a condition which is commonly associated with scleroderma although the two aren’t exclusive to one another; Raynaud’s can be present with other conditions.  Most commonly affecting the extremities of the body(…)

Your Birth Plan And Cord Blood Banking

Your Birth Plan And Cord Blood Banking

“Is my birth plan and cord blood banking compatible?” It’s something that we encounter quite often at cord blood aware, women often say “I didn’t think banking my baby’s cord blood was possible because of the type of birth I had”, there seems to be many misunderstandings surrounding birth and cord blood banking.  Cord blood banking(…)

HLA Matching: What is Tissue Typing?

HLA Matching: What is Tissue Typing?

What is Tissue Typing? Tissue typing is the process whereby Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) is matched to between two people.  Tissue typing tends to be specific to ethnic heritage, for example black people are most likely to find a suitable HLA match with another black person.  In the case of people with mixed ethnic ancestry, finding(…)

Cord Blood Protects Baby’s Brain From Hurler Syndrome

Cord Blood Protects Baby’s Brain From Hurler Syndrome

Hurler Syndrome; A Need For Screening Babies with a rare inherited disease may be spared from permanent brain damage if they receive an umbilical cord blood transplantat before they are 9 months old. Experts say the findings emphasize the need for early diagnosis of the condition, called Hurler syndrome, preferably through newborn screening programs. Hurler(…)