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2009-09-23 07:27:35

Private cord blood banking is not cost-effective because it costs an additional $1,374,246 per life-year gained, according to a new analysis by UCSF researchers.  The research team also concluded that private cord blood banking is cost-effective only for families with a child with a very high likelihood of needing a stem cell transplant. The researchers used a technique called decision analysis that tracks hypothetical groups of people and allows comparison of expected costs and health...

2009-09-04 13:52:00

COVINA, Calif., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- StemCyte, Inc., one of the world's preeminent cord blood banks, today announced that Shannon Miller, a 7-time Olympic Medalist and 9-time World Medalist, has signed an endorsement partnership agreement and will appear in a series of advertising and public awareness campaigns for the company. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090528/NY23885LOGO ) Considered "The Most Decorated American Gymnast" by having won more Olympic and World...

2009-01-09 16:00:00

National Cord Blood Program Provides Stem Cells NEW YORK, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A two year old child from Florida is free of signs of juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), a very rare form of pediatric leukemia, seventeen months after receiving a transplant with cord blood from the National Cord Blood Program (NCBP) of the New York Blood Center's Howard P. Milstein National Cord Blood Center. Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia generally affects children under the age of five...

2008-10-13 12:00:42

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC), serving New York City, Long Island, Hudson Valley and New Jersey, is reporting slipping blood reserves due to increased September demand from hospitals and current economic strife. "Businesses are among our most dedicated supporters," said NYBC President and CEO Dr. Robert Jones. "Some of their scheduled corporate drives have understandably been cut back or canceled, and at the same time, demand has been going up."...

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2004-11-25 00:00:00

Umbilical-cord blood, now used mostly to treat children with leukemia, could save thousands of adults with the disease each year who cannot find bone marrow donors, two big studies indicate. A European study found that those who got cord blood were just as likely to be free of leukemia two years later as those who got marrow. A U.S. study looking at three-year survival yielded results almost as promising. To Dr. Mary Horowitz of the Medical College of Wisconsin, senior author of the U.S....


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'