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Blood in Umbilical Cord May Improve Our Memories

Older mice injected with it performed better on maze tests

(Newser) - Oh, the proverbial fountain of youth. As we age, can we somehow tap into it? Researchers are exploring this in a literal way as they study the effects of blood from human umbilical cords—which is about as young as it gets—on aging mice. Reporting in the journal Nature... More »

Doctors Cut Umbilical Cord Too Quickly, Study Says

Waiting at least 1 minute may mean healthier babies

(Newser) - Doctors who deliver babies usually cut the umbilical cord within the first minute of birth, but researchers involved in a major new study think that's too hasty, reports Medical Xpress . They urge doctors to wait at least a full minute, the result being babies with healthier levels of blood... More »

Brits Think Umbilical Cord Is a Musical Note

Twenty percent of 18- to 25-year-olds do, at least

(Newser) - More than 20% of young British adults made it all the way to somewhere between the ages of 18 and 25 … without learning how long a pregnancy lasts. They believe it lasts a year, the Guardian reports. That’s just one surprising finding among many from a recent survey... More »

Moms Donate Umbilical Cord Blood With New Kits

Pilot program gets it into public donor banks

(Newser) - A new movement is afoot to save and store potentially life-saving umbilical cord blood and make it available to the public, Time reports. Under a pilot program in Texas and North Carolina, new moms bring a kit to the hospital that doctors use to collect the blood and send it... More »

Cord Blood Breakthrough Offers Leukemia Hope

Multiplying umbilical stem cells could overcome need for donor matching

(Newser) - A pioneering technique for multiplying umbilical cord cells has placed the long-elusive "holy grail" of leukemia research in sight, offering new hope for bone marrow transplant recipients. Researchers have manipulated a "signaling pathway" in umbilical cord cells to create more stem cells—thus overcoming the longstanding problem of... More »

Teen Gives Birth, Jogs to ER

'This baby is fine,' says doc

(Newser) - A terrified California teenager hid her pregnancy from her parents, gave birth alone in the shower—then walked and jogged four blocks to the hospital cradling her wrapped infant still attached by the umbilical cord. The mother of the teen, who said she was "just a little nervous,"... More »

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