CNN: Cord Blood Stem Cells Offer Hope for Autism

CNN: Cord Blood Stem Cells Offer Hope for Autism

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 4/6/2017 4:09:01 PM

Duke University has just now officially released the findings from its preliminary, phase I study on the safety of treating autistic children with an intravenous infusion of their own umbilical cord blood stem cells. Following this news, CNN posted a video of one family that took part in this clinical trial and saw encouraging outcomes in their young daughter.


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When Childbirth Cost $100

When Childbirth Cost $100

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 4/5/2017 4:47:27 PM

The cost of childbirth varies greatly depending on location, any complications that occur, and whether its a normal delivery or a cesarean section, but today, the average expectant couple can anticipate the doctor and hospital's charges on their insurance statements to be anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000. Comparing this to the cost of giving birth more than half of a century ago, and many may wish they were born in a different era:


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Could stem cells wake the (brain) dead?

Could stem cells wake the (brain) dead?

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 3/13/2017 12:08:29 PM

It may sound like the plot of a campy zombie thriller, such as the 1985 cult-classic Re-Animator, but scientists say they are still looking to move ahead with a clinical trial to see if stem cells can awaken neural activity in people whose brains have stopped functioning. While the trial would not lead us to an apocalyptic, zombie-filled, Walking Dead–type world, it could help patients come out of and recover from vegetative comas.


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Cord Blood & Tissue Banking for Twins

Cord Blood & Tissue Banking for Twins

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 2/3/2017 11:09:11 AM

You’re having twins! Whether you see it as double the fun or biting off more than you can chew, you definitely have your hands full. You know you have to double up on the diapers and double the food, but do you also have to double the cord blood and tissue that you bank, too?


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What's in your Collection Kit?

What's in your Collection Kit?

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 1/27/2017 4:59:06 PM

You did everything right: You were thinking ahead and took the right steps to ensure you stored your baby’s cord blood. You got your kit early, took it to the hospital with the greatest of care and even told the doctor to fill the collection bag like a balloon. Then you’re struck with a double whammy of bad news. You could blame luck or even medical science, but it may actually come down to the type of collection kit your cord blood bank had provided.


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6 New Ways People Are Doing Things in the Delivery Room

6 New Ways People Are Doing Things in the Delivery Room

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 1/19/2017 1:29:48 PM

As old as time itself, labor and delivery isn't oft the place for new developments, but here are six new ways people are doing things in the delivery room.


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Health Insurance, Taxes and Cord Blood Banking

Health Insurance, Taxes and Cord Blood Banking

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 1/9/2017 9:31:05 AM

Many expectant parents wonder if cord blood banking is covered by their health insurance or can be deducted from their taxes as a medical expense. There are, in fact, times when cord blood banking is considered an eligible medical expense covered by a family's HSA, FSA, HRA or health insurance plan and can qualify as a tax deduction. Let’s explore.


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Trial Using Cord Blood to Treat Strokes Recruiting Soon

Trial Using Cord Blood to Treat Strokes Recruiting Soon

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 1/3/2017 10:04:13 AM
A Duke University Medical Center phase two study will be looking for 100 adults who recently suffered a stroke to test the efficacy of cord blood infusions as a treatment. Participants will then be followed for one year to determine the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

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Now We're Talking: Videos Show Promise for Treating Autism with Cord Blood

Now We're Talking: Videos Show Promise for Treating Autism with Cord Blood

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 11/28/2016 11:01:59 AM
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center are bringing new hope to the treatment of autism. They recently concluded a preliminary clinical trial with 25 autistic children ages two through six who were infused with their own cord blood and followed for a year. The results are exciting, enabling them to move to a full-blown phase two study. If the results follow what they have been seeing so far, it will spawn a better, new way to treat autism.

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Watch: Big Steps with Cerebral Palsy & Cord Blood

Watch: Big Steps with Cerebral Palsy & Cord Blood

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 11/21/2016 9:45:08 AM
One of our favorite cord blood researchers is once again making headway. Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg and a team of researches at Duke University Medical Center are testing the ability for cord blood stem cells to help the brain heal after injury. The accompanying video shows how much of an impact cord blood could have on the treatment of cerebral palsy.

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