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When Melissa Segal of Studio City became pregnant with her first child, she got lots of advice. But she says one of the most useful tips came from a girlfriend who suggested she bank her newborn's umbilical cord blood. Cord blood is high in stem cells, which are capable of developing into red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
February 21, 2009 | Shari Roan
Walking, smiling and fidgeting, 3-year-old Dallas Hextell has become a poster child for the promise of stem cell therapy, a cutting-edge treatment approach that may one day heal diseases such as diabetes, brain injury and Parkinson's. But he has also become a symbol, researchers say, of the worst side of experimental medicine: jumping to conclusions.
January 2, 1994
OB Tech Inc., which is developing a unique disposable system called Cordguard for sampling blood from umbilical cords, has been sold to a Utah medical device manufacturer for $2.5 million. The Huntington Beach company's deal with Utah Medical Products, announced in August, was completed after Utah Medical studied the effectiveness and profit potential of Cordguard. The device allows doctors to stop the flow of blood from newly cut umbilical cords and take sterile samples for laboratory analysis.
November 27, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Blood taken from newborns' umbilical cords appears to offer a good source of lifesaving tissue for cancer victims and others who likely would die without bone marrow transplants and do not have related donors. The largest study yet of transplants using cord blood for patients who have no related donors shows a lessened risk of potentially fatal reactions that can result when people get marrow from donors whose tissue types are not closely matched.
June 17, 1998
Four newborn sea lions, said to be residual victims of El Nino, are under 24-hour care at San Pedro's Marine Mammal Care Center, officials said. "Luckily, they have each other," said Jackie Ott, center director. "They're mother-dependent for up to a year, so we'll be tied up for a while here." The pups were abandoned on local beaches and brought to the nonprofit treatment facility by animal control agencies two weeks ago, when they were just two days old.
January 27, 2009 | Jeff Gottlieb and Sam Quinones
A team of 46 doctors, nurses and surgical assistants at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center meticulously planned the births for weeks. As the date approached, they held two practice runs. They didn't want any surprises. But they got one anyway Monday morning when it came time for the delivery. "We had plans for seven babies. Then we found baby H," Dr. Karen Maples said. "My eyes got to be the size of saucers." It took only five minutes -- from 10:43 a.m. to 10:48 a.m.
August 26, 1989 | From Associated Press
A judge on Friday imposed 15 years of probation on a cocaine-addicted mother convicted of delivering drugs to two of her children through their umbilical cords at birth.
June 1, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A farm worker was found guilty of second-degree murder for the July, 1991, death of her newborn son in a portable toilet in a Saticoy onion field. But the Ventura County Superior Court jury found Francisca Maria Sanchez Jimenez not guilty of attempting to murder another son, who was rescued from a flush toilet at her Oxnard residence two years ago. With her second-degree murder conviction, Jimenez, 23, must face another jury trial to determine whether she is innocent by reason of insanity.
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