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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(…)

Fanconi Anaemia: Appeal For More Cord Blood Donors

Fanconi Anaemia: Appeal For More Cord Blood Donors

Fanconi Anaemia: Sam Fletcher of Whalley, Lancashire is appealing for more women to come forward and donate their baby’s umbilical cords after his son’s life was saved by a stem cell transplant using umbilical cord blood. When Sam Fletcher’s son, Charlie, fell ill with rare genetic disease Fanconi Anaemia he described it as the “most(…)

Cord Blood Donation FAQs

Cord Blood Donation FAQs

Unfortunately, cord blood donation is neither widely available nor widely known about in the UK. While awareness surrounding the area is growing, for some, cord blood donation remains a bit of a mystery, with misconceptions around the subject common.  Here we take a look at common cord blood donation FAQs. Common cord blood donation FAQs.(…)

Stem Cell Injections To Beat Tennis Elbow?

Stem Cell Injections To Beat Tennis Elbow?

Stem Cell Injections For Tendon Injuries? Patients are receiving stem cell injections in an attempt to heal hard-to-treat tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow. The treatment, which has previously been used on injured racehorses, uses a patient’s stem cells to super-charge the body’s natural repair mechanisms. Millions of Britons suffer tendon injuries. Tendons are the tough(…)

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 200,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer each year worldwide, unfortunately 30% of children diagnosed will lose their battle with the illness[1].  There are many forms of childhood cancer, however the most common forms are leukaemia which accounts for approximately a third of all childhood cancers, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, lymphoma(…)

Umbilical Cord Blood Banking: 3 Myths Debunked

Umbilical Cord Blood Banking: 3 Myths Debunked

Umbilical Cord Blood Banking Myths. While umbilical cord blood awareness and banking is steadily increasing in the UK, there are still many misconceptions surrounding cord blood banking and umbilical cord tissue storage.  Here we will take a look at 3 common misconceptions and debunk those cord blood myths. Myth #1: I can’t store my baby’s(…)