Protect your family’s future with WideCells larger than life services

Protect your family’s future with WideCells larger than life services  Why WideCells?   WideCells is leading a transformation in stem cell services and stem cell treatments with the aim of making stem cell storage more accessible and affordable, on a global basis, for you.   WideCells is committed to making a difference in the world of family protection and as part of this commitment, they are actively seeking ways to educate families and provide the best stem cell service.   Their Institute of Stem Cell Technology (ISCT), in Manchester, UK,…

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What are stem cells? Learn all about it!

What are stem cells? Stem cells are naïve, undifferentiated cells, that are able to divide and mature into specialised cell types. Stem cells are essential for the development, maintenance and renewal of all tissues and organs in the body. Thus, stem cells have huge potential for the treatment of various diseases and conditions, as they can facilitate regeneration of damaged tissues, and provide nourishment to other cells in the surrounding environment.   What is cord blood? Cord blood refers to the blood remaining in the placenta and the attached umbilical cord following child birth. This blood…

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Pregnant at Christmas? No Problem. Top Tips for a Perfect Pregnant Christmas

pregnant Christmas

If you are pregnant for the first time this Christmas you are likely to be making a few sacrifices right now. It might be a glass of prosecco or dancing in heels, extra visits to in-laws or missing a ski trip. Whatever the sacrifice, being pregnant at Christmas is the first time many women really feel like mothers. This is natural enough, given that birth and family are at the heart of the festive season, but it’s also down to the fact that at Christmas, more than at any other…

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“Cord blood is my baby,” says Dr Eliane Gluckman, and there is so much it can do

Cord Blood Day

Last month CellPlan joined an international community of cord blood charities and storage facilities in celebrating the inaugural World Cord Blood Day. The aim of the day was to raise awareness about the therapeutic properties of cord-blood and to challenge the routine disposal of umbilical cord blood when a baby is born. One of the highlights of the programme, organised by Save the Cord Foundation and hosted by Charis Ober, was an interview with Dr Eliane Gluckman, the world’s first doctor to perform a cord blood transplant. “Today we are…

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Cord Blood Offers a Cure for Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell

One of the greatest success stories of cord blood transplantation to date is its unrivalled ability to treat sickle cell disease (SCD).   “Expectant mothers who have a child with SCD should be counselled and informed about the importance of saving their baby’s cord blood for potential transplant of the child with SCD… SCD patients and parents of children with SCD should know about the ability of stem cell transplants to cure this affliction.” Dr. Naynesh Kamani, AABB   SCD is the most common inherited blood disorder in the UK,…

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The World’s First Cord Blood Recipient Delivers Life-Saving Cord Blood to 2-year-old Leukaemia Patient

First Cord Blood

Matthew Farrow, the world’s first ever umbilical cord blood recipient, has personally delivered a life-saving cord blood sample to a 2-year-old leukaemia patient from Orlando, Florida.   Matthew’s receives the world’s first cord blood transplant Matthew was five years old when his parents made the brave decision to allow an international team of medics to use a cord blood stem cell transplant to treat their son’s Fanconi Anaemia, a life limiting inherited bone marrow failure syndrome (IBMFS). Children with Fanconi Anaemia suffer from a range of symptoms including bleeding and…

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How this week’s cord blood breakthrough could help your child

cord blood breakthrough

In one of the most exciting breakthroughs for umbilical cord blood to date, Doctors at Duke University in North Carolina have received permission to offer cord blood stem cell therapy for a range of acquired neurological disorders including cerebral palsy and autism. Following the success of a series of trials at the leading medical university using cord blood to treat cerebral palsy, this expanded access trial will enable more children than ever before to receive a treatment proven to improve day to day functioning. “The registration of this clinical trial…

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CellPlan Celebrates World Cord Blood Day

World Cord Blood Day

We want to turn your baby into a super-hero! An umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant can be used to rebuild an individual’s blood and repair their immune system by replacing diseased cells. So far, there have been approximately 35,000 cord blood stem cell transplants, and stem cells from the umbilical cord have been successfully used to treat more than 80 diseases. As an alternative to bone marrow, cord blood stem cells are especially adaptable and multi-potent, this means that the donor and recipient don’t have to be a perfect…

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Umbilical cord blood infusion used to improve motor skills in children with cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy – cord blood stem cell infusion - cellplan

The NHS defines cerebral palsy as: “a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and coordination, caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during or soon after birth.” Up until now, there has been no cure for cerebral palsy, but an exciting new study by leading stem cell scientists at Duke University, North Carolina, has successfully used umbilical cord blood to improve motor skills in some children with the condition, leaving specialists optimistic that cord blood stem cells will improve the lives of sufferers in the future. …

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Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth


Yoga offers a workout for the body and the mind, making it a great form of exercise for mums-to-be. Pregnancy is the perfect time to get in touch with your body, and there’s no better way to do this that with a class that allows time for relaxation and reflection, as well as some serious stretching and strengthening, preparing both the mind and the body for birth and beyond.   Yoga in Pregnancy: Medical Advice Yoga is a recommended form of antenatal exercise according to the NHS[1], National Childbirth Trust…

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