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Cord Blood Uused to treat 12-year-old with Hurler

Maddy Wigglesworth was diagnosed with the deadly Hurler’s disease when she was just a toddler. Her mother did not expect the young child to live to see her 10th birthday but today, she is 12-years-old and living a normal life, thanks to a cord blood transplant.

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So how long can you store cord blood?

That is a question we frequently get asked and it is a great question!  If an expectant parent is considering banking their child’s cord blood then they should feel confident that if, and when, they need to use that cord blood, it will be a healthy and useful sample.

Theoretically, cryogenic scientists have estimated that living cells stored in liquid nitrogen could survive for centuries.  Obviously, however, this has not yet been tested with real cells!

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The Value of a Direct Drive Medical Courier

Insception Lifebank’s aim to ensure availability of cord blood banking to parents across the nation, requires a strong transportation resource. It also requires a partner that understands how precious this cargo is. Our partner First International Courier is just that.

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Why use a Direct Drive Medical Courier

Cord Blood Programs and Banks have different philosophies on sample transport and as such each offers different options to prospective clients. Insception Lifebank’s position on transport follows 3 major principles:

1) make it easy for the client

2) ensure timely delivery

3) ensure full traceability

The cord blood is a “one shot” sample collection. If a cord blood sample is lost in transit, there is no option for a second collection.

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Application of Cord Blood in Regenerative Medicine – The Diabetes Trial

There is a growing interest in the therapeutic potential of cord blood to modulate autoimmune disease. Type 1 diabetes, also referred to as juvenile diabetes, is an autoimmune disease resulting in the destruction of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Dr. Michael Haller, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Florida, is currently conducting a second clinical trial to determine whether autologous cord blood stem cell transfusions can

improve glucose control in children with Type 1 diabetes by restoring immune tolerance.

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Application of Cord Blood in Regenerative Medicine – Cerebral Palsy

Cord blood stem cells have been shown to give rise to hematopoietic, epithelial, endothelial and neural tissues both in vitro and in vivo1. As such, the application of cord blood in regenerative medicine is being investigated in a number of diseases including cardiovascular, ophthalmic, orthopaedic, neurological and endocrine diseases.

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Exciting time for Dads

For sure it is an exciting time for Mom’s when the first baby is expected.  For Dads however we may feel left out a bit – but it sure is fun when we get to choose all the fun stuff. Sure, while my wife decided on nursery themes and paint colours, I got to decide on the Car seats, stroller and of course the toy inventory.

Part 1 – The stroller

Ladies, leave the mechanical to us, we love it. We may even get to talk shop with the guys who build this stuff and assemble axles and wheels and brakes.

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Our Commitment – From the CEO

The Insception Lifebank Cord Blood Program has been operating since 1996 when it was started at the Toronto Hospital moving shortly thereafter to Mount Sinai Hospital where it stayed until 2004. Growth in the cord blood program and a shortage of space in Mount Sinai necessitated a move to our current location in Mississauga where we have a state of the art facility. Throughout this period of 15 years our values have become ingrained in our people and our ways of doing things.

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