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Fetuses more vulnerable to some environmental contaminants penetrating into cord blood

Toxic environmental contaminants are increasingly known to cause a number of severe health problems, in particular in fetuses, including heart failure, low cognitive ability, delayed development, and neurobehavioral disorders. New research featured in Environmental Science and Technology published by the American Chemical Society suggests that the fetus is more vulnerable to some pollutants with certain [...]

In pediatric umbilical cord transplants, survival rates may indicate a new standard of care

A new standard of care for children facing acute myeloid leukemia (AML) may be clear, following a multi-year study published in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The research, led by John Wagner, Jr., M.D., director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation program at the University of Minnesota and a [...]

Growing umbilical cord blood stem cells in lab before transplant boosts leukemia, lymphoma survival

Donated umbilical cord blood contains stem cells that can save the lives of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. Now a study lead by a Loyola University Medical Center oncologist has found that growing cord blood stem cells in a laboratory before transplanting them into patients significantly improves survival. The cell-expansion technology potentially [...]

High Polyunsaturated Fat Levels In Cord Blood Increases Risk Of Respiratory, Skin Allergies

Children with high proportions of poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in cord blood at birth are more likely to develop respiratory and skin allergies in their early teens, according to research published in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Malin Barman and colleagues from the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The researchers followed nearly 800 [...]

New Freezing Procedure Increases Availability Of Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplants For Patients

A large enough number of stem cells are needed to ensure the success of a cord blood transplant. However, the quantity of stem cells isolated from umbilical cord blood is not always sufficient to meet that requirement. Researchers from the Etablissement Fran├žais du Sang, Aquitaine-Limousin (France) have established a method to multiply cord blood stem [...]