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Healthy Living: Umbilical Cord Treatment

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Blood stem cell transplants is a standard way to treat children with leukemia and other blood disorders.

But has been limited for only small children.

Today in Healthy Living, doctors are saving older children by using umbilical cords.

Dr. Godder says the treatment is proving to be an effective alternative for older children with blood diseases.

There is no added risk to using two umbilical cords.

The risks are much the same as you would get with the unrelated cord blood which is the risk of rejection.