November 9, 1998 |
Kathie DeLoreto's twins saved her life while still in her womb. By preserving the precious stem cells from their umbilical cords shortly after their birth, she may someday be able to return the favor. That's the theory behind the removal and storage of umbilical cord blood, which contains stem cells - unspecialized, life-giving blood cells that produce all other cells. The relatively new procedure is not covered by insurance but is being offered by CorCell, a Camden company, to clients of such local health-care giants as Independence Blue Cross.
July 21, 2003 |
In 1988 in Paris, a boy with a life-threatening form of anemia was saved by a new, experimental therapy - a few ounces of blood from his newborn sister's umbilical cord. Soon, what had been just a waste product of childbirth was being hailed as a therapeutic miracle. Facilities for freezing and storing umbilical cord blood began to spring up around the world. Now, 15 years after that first "cord blood transplant," it is clear the procedure has several advantages over a bone marrow transplant, the older, more common way of rebuilding damaged blood and immune systems.
October 18, 2012 |
A mother apparently gave birth on a busy SEPTA Broad Street Line train yesterday afternoon, and walked off with the baby still attached to the umbilical cord. The mother disembarked the northbound train, climbed a set of stairs at the Olney Transportation Center, and then approached a SEPTA police officer, according to Heather Redfern, a SEPTA spokeswoman. Officer Loyd Rodgers discovered that not only was the woman holding a baby, but that the umbilical cord was attached. Rodgers and others scrambled to get the woman and baby a blanket and provide comfort.
April 30, 2001 |
In an effort to educate African Americans and other minority groups about genetic research, the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority National Education Foundation is offering programs and forums on topics such as the Human Genome Project and the importance of minority participation. The foundation has received $115,000 in grants from private organizations and research hospitals to disseminate information about gene research and to explore its ethical, legal and social implications so that minorities will be able to make informed health decisions.
October 23, 2011
Police are searching for the mother of a newborn baby who was found dead and wrapped in a blanket on a porch in North Philadelphia on Saturday morning. The baby girl was found shortly before 9:30 a.m. on the porch of a house on the 4900 block of North Marvine Street, in the city's Logan section. The umbilical cord was still attached to the infant, police said. There was no initial word on the cause of death, and police did not yet know the circumstances surrounding the child's being left there.
August 25, 2011 |
A newborn baby abducted from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has been located in Southwest Philadelphia. Police found the boy, two-days-old and in need of medical attention, at a home on the 6000 block of Kingsessing Ave. The child's mother, Tanya Dixon, took the child from the hospital about noon without permission, police said. Investigators were questioning Dixon, 39, this afternoon. The child was wearing a diaper, a one-piece outfit, and an alarm sensor attached to his umbilical cord.
October 17, 2000 |
Police in South Philadelphia are trying to solve the mystery of a placenta and an umbilical cord that someone found in a playground on Friday. After three days of canvassing the neighborhood and hospitals, cops can find neither a baby nor a woman who recently gave birth. "In most instances, people in the neighborhood are aware if someone had a baby or goes to the hospital to have one," said Capt. Bill Colarulo, commander of the South Detective Division. "That didn't happen and we can't find anyone who remembers someone even being pregnant.
December 5, 1986 |
The remains of a newborn girl with the umbilical cord still attached were found yesterday in a dumpster behind a pizza parlor on the Black Horse Pike in Washington Township, Gloucester County, police said. The body was stuffed in a plastic trash bag and was lying at the top of the full dumpster. Police said the baby appeared to have been born within the previous 24 hours. Dr. Claus Speth, assistant state medical examiner, concluded that it had been a full-term live birth. Gloucester County Prosecutor Richard E. Hickey said late last night that the infant died of asphyxiation.
July 13, 1989 |
In theory, as the doctor held the newborn girl for the first minute of her life, Jennifer Johnson was feeding her daughter cocaine through the umbilical cord that still joined them. That is what a prosecutor argued yesterday during the first day of a trial in which Johnson, 23, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., faces drug delivery charges normally reserved for drug pushers. She gave birth to a daughter in January and a son in 1987; both had traces of the illegal drug in their bodies.
March 13, 1995 |
LOS ANGELES BABIES WASH ASHORE ON TWO BEACHES For the second time in 24 hours, a dead baby has washed ashore on a southern California beach with its umbilical cord still attached. A beachcomber discovered the newborn girl lying in a pile of debris yesterday morning at Sunset Beach near the city of Huntington Beach, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The discovery follows a similar incident Saturday in which a newborn baby girl, umbilical cord attached, was found at Newport Beach, a few miles south of Sunset Beach.