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Why parents should save their baby's cord blood--and give it away

By: Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications The blood left over in the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born has special cells in it that can treat and even cure some serious diseases. The blood can be collected and stored ó and thatís what many private cord blood banking companies encourage parents to do, in case their child (or someone else in the family) develops one of those diseases…

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