“The results have changed Leyla’s life and ours” When Angelika and her husband Sami were expecting their second child, they received news that shook their world – their baby had suffered a brain bleed in utero and there was a high likelihood that their child would be born with cerebral palsy. When Leyla came into… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Medical Research
When Nosheen’s first child, Armaan, was born, there were complications during birth causing severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy due to the lack of oxygen. The prognosis for Armaan was dire. “We didn’t expect to be able to take him home,” says Nosheen. “We were told that his care was palliative and that eventually his brain may… Read more »
Umbilical cord blood is being investigated globally as a potential treatment for cerebral palsy. The Cell Care Group, consisting of Cell Care in Australia and Cells for Life & Insception Lifebank in Canada, is collaborating with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance to fund a Phase 1 safety trial, led by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI)…. Read more »
New research investigating the use of a child’s own (autologous) umbilical cord blood in the treatment of hearing loss has yielded positive results, as reported in the Journal of Audiology and Otology. Over 2,000 babies are born in Canada every year with hearing loss making it one of the most common defects at birth1…. Read more »
As specialists in cord banking, we get a lot of expecting parents asking us whether or not you can safely delay the clamping of the umbilical cord if you plan on storing your baby’s cord blood. The answer is a resounding yes! Not only is it safe, but choosing to both delay clamping your baby’s… Read more »
In honour of World Bone Marrow Donor Day on September 17th, we explore the future of stem cell research, and application, in Canada.
Stem cells and the potential power to heal! Thanks to scientific breakthroughs, advancements in technology and positive reports patients seeking stem cell treatments now more than ever!
Seven boys and two girls have been cured of sickle cell anemia thanks to an improved treatment pioneered by the Alberta Children’s Hospital! Historically, sickle cell anemia has required a high-risk treatment plan leading up to a stem cell transplant. For many patients, the medication used throughout treatment was either unsuccessful or fatal – that… Read more »
Cells for Life launches cord tissue! * But what is cord tissue, and why should you care? For years, we’ve been telling you about the importance of banking your baby’s umbilical cord blood. Used in the treatment of over 80 diseases including leukemia and lymphoma, it is a way to insure and safeguard your family’s… Read more »
In 1988, Matthew Farrow, of North Carolina, became the first person to ever receive a transplant using umbilical cord blood. At the time, Matthew was 5 years old and living with Fanconi anemia, a rare, inherited blood disorder that leads to bone marrow failure. Pregnant with Matthew’s little sister, Matthew’s mother had her amniotic fluid… Read more »