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Shocking things mums know about their children – that their children think are a secret

Sneaking out past curfew or spending your lunch money on chocolate – most of us will pull the wool over our parents’ eyes once or twice growing up. But, as the UK’s family stem cell bank has seen, some mums are wise to their offsprings’ secrets – even those which are shocking and surprising.

  1. Some are on the tamer end of the scale – with one mum noticing that her son wasn’t eating his lovingly-made packed lunches at school. Finding that he’d forget what fillings he’d been given that day, she put two and two together when his pocket money went missing – presumably spent on more exciting (or sugary) snacks.
  • However, more worryingly, one mother said she was well aware of her teenage daughter’s drinking, adding that while her wily teen thought she was being subtle upon her return home, the swaying and slurred speech had given her away. The exasperated mother added: “I don’t want to confront her because at least I know she’s coming home – if she tried to start hiding it more by staying over at a friend’s, I’d be more concerned.”
  • One sweet tale was shared by a mother who said she knew her son was gay – but was giving him the space he needed to come out. “I couldn’t be happier,” she added, but said that she wanted to ensure there was no pressure on him to talk to her about it if he didn’t want to.
  • A sneaky fourteen-year-old who think she’s pulled the wool over her mother’s eyes would have a shock if she knew that her secret boyfriend was not so secret. “I’ve spotted them out and about together – but she would be so embarrassed if I knew,” the mother of the lovestruck teen laughed.
  • Think your parents don’t know about your hidden ink? Think again! One disapproving mother has caught a glimpse of the tattoo her son has valiantly attempted to hide from her, but says she ‘wouldn’t want to cause an argument’ by bringing it up.
  • A thought that would strike fear into the hearts of many a young person – their parents having access to their internet habits. But for one unlucky teen, her mother knows exactly what she’s up to, after glimpsing her username on a popular forum. “I try not to check it because I believe in trusting her,” her mum confessed, “but sometimes the curiosity gets the best of me!”
  • One wily teenage girl may think she’s managed to hide her expensive habit of taking taxis to school when it’s raining from her mum – but mum knows best, thanks to the taxi firm’s app being linked to her bank card.
  • Even the most attentive parent might admit to relying on YouTube for a little peace and quiet occasionally – but one amused mum says she knows all about her toddler’s secret browsing. “She thinks I don’t know she’s sneaking my phone off the bedside table when she comes for a cuddle in the morning – but of course, she’s too little to realise I can hear her singing along to nursery rhyme videos!”
  • Many parents would be disappointed to find out their offspring had taken up smoking – and a crestfallen mum found out the hard way, by finding a lighter in her son’s laundry basket. “He thinks he’s managed to cover the smell with cheap aftershave, but it’s obvious,” she added.
  1. One worried mum has kept quiet about finding her daughter’s fake ID used for getting into nightclubs – despite only being fifteen years old. “It concerns me, of course – but the forgery is so bad I think it’s only a matter of time before she’s caught and learns a hard lesson.”

Anna Edwards, spokesperson the for reliable & affordable stem cell storage company, said:

“Children often think they’re pulling the wool over their parents’ eyes when, in reality, their parents are painfully aware of what their little ones are up to. It can be quite shocking for parents to learn that their once sweet youngster is now almost an adult – and it’s natural to worry about their safety and health.

“But most of us will also remember being a child or teen ourselves, and the things that we in turn hoped our parents didn’t know; a little discretion can go a long way and avoid your child becoming defensive or secretive. Encouraging honesty and openness in your family will make a huge difference when your child needs a listening ear or some parental advice – but unless your child is in danger, turning a blind eye can often give them room to learn as they navigate the world.”

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‘Less than a third’ of children are brushing their teeth twice a day

Just 30% of children are brushing their teeth the recommended twice a day – leaving them at risk for serious dental problems later in life.

A study undertaken by, which offers the most comprehensive stem cell banking service in the UK, has shown that an alarming number of youngsters were failing to stick to the current guidelines for their dental health.

The study, which was conducted with 600 families, showed:

60% of 2- to 4-year olds brush once a day
70% of 4- to 8-year olds brush once a day
80% of parents did not know how long their children brushed their teeth for
3% of parents used a timer to check how long their children were brushing

Responses to the survey, which was conducted with 600 families, showed that of 2 – 4 year olds, 60% brush once a day, despite the NHS guidelines that teeth should be brushed twice a day, including once before sleeping. Interestingly, the report showed that in 4 – 8 year olds that number rose to 70% – perhaps suggesting that as children grow older, parents tend to let them take responsibility for their own dental hygiene, with worrying results.

Anna Edwards, spokesperson for, pointed out that as well as potentially costly fillings and abscesses, parents could be causing long-term damage for their children’s teeth.

“Younger children tend to be more resistant to tooth brushing, but caring for your teeth is a lifelong job. Not brushing regularly can lead to gum disease, which has been proven to have a number of serious health risks associated, including cardiovascular disease. Parents may think their children will look after their own oral hygiene once they’re old enough to brush, but it’s not worth leaving to chance.”

NHS guidelines show that, as well as an increased risk of heart attacks, gum disease has been linked to complication with strokes, diabetes and even rheumatoid arthritis – but it is easily avoided with proper dental hygiene. Dentists recommend brushing for a full two minutes, twice a day to prevent gum disease – but StemProtect’s study showed that 80% of parents failed to monitor the length of time their children were brushing for and that just 3% used a timer.

Official guidelines suggest that parents should monitor or assist with their children’s brushing until they are ten years old to instill good brushing habits and check that technique is correct.

Edwards continued:

“Parents can help their children get into good habits with brushing quite easily; using a 2-minute timer in the bathroom and reward charts for younger children are both very effective at creating a familiar routine that they will be less likely to forget as they gain independence.

“While it doesn’t seem like a life or death situation while they are younger and have their milk teeth, encouraging good dental hygiene and keeping their gums healthy will have long-lasting effects well into their adult life and can help to avoid the very real consequences of gum disease.”

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Tooth fairy payouts vary from 50p to £20 – but which area has the best going rate?

Wobbly teeth are an exciting rite of passage for children anticipating a visit from the Tooth Fairy – but the going rate varies wildly around the UK, have found.

In a study undertaken by, the UKs stem cell and tooth storage bank, families were asked about the going rate for the Tooth Fairy – a tradition where parents leave money, usually coins, for their children in exchange for a lost baby tooth.

The Tooth Fairy is thought to be traceable back to early Norse and Northern European traditions, where children were paid a ‘tooth fee’ for losing their first pearly white. Despite its ancient roots, the tradition continues today, with the vast majority of parents reporting that their own version of this nocturnal visitor leaves just a few coins under the child’s pillow – a token to celebrate a childhood rite of passage.

However,’s research showed a variety in the amount that children received for this exciting ritual across the country.

The study, which looked at 2,000 families across the UK, showed the following ‘going rates’ for the Tooth Fairy:

Bradford – 50 pence
Edinburgh – 75 pence
Nottingham – £1.00
Manchester – £1.20
Bristol – £1.25
London – £1.50
Leeds – £1.50
Harrogate – £2.50

Children in Bradford were found to have the lowest haul from the Tooth Fairy on average at just 50 pence.

Manchester’s youngsters receive £1.20 on average, beating Edinburgh’s more modest 75 pence – and Nottingham sits squarely in the middle at £1 exactly. While London, where you might expect that the Tooth Fairy’s payouts might be higher to match the cost of living, children receive £1.50 on average – a significant percentage lower than the earnings of the lucky children living in Harrogate.

Children in the leafy North Yorkshire town were found to receive an average of £2.50 per tooth, making it the most lucrative area for losing a tooth – however, there were some isolated instances where it seemed that Tooth Fairy had really splashed the cash.

Harvey, 41, from Leeds, admitted that he eschewed the tradition of leaving coins for his child when they lost their first tooth, instead slipping a £20 note under the pillow instead. He told researchers:

“To be honest, it was a bit excessive, I’ve set a high bar for myself. I really wish I’d given less – or should that be the Tooth Fairy had given less! – but it was the first tooth and it’s a tradition.”

Anna Edwards, spokesperson for, noted:

“It’s clear there’s no set rate for the Tooth Fairy across the UK but many parents may be relieved to see that 50 pence is still acceptable. However, it’s also lovely to see that the tradition continues for a new generation, and it can often be a good way to talk to your children about their dental hygiene – for example, telling them that the Tooth Fairy will only leave a gift for clean teeth is usually a great motivator when it comes to the bedtime tooth brushing routine!”

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Ilkley Town AFC under-5 and under-6 teams win corporate sponsorship

Ilkey Town AFC’s under-5 and under-6 teams will get a boost with their new corporate sponsorships, announced today.

The community-run football team is now sponsored by, a leading waste management firm who operate nationwide, and, a stem cell storage facility with 75,000 families entrusting their precious stem cells to its protection.

Budding sports stars train on at Ben Rhydding on Sundays at 8:45am – come rain or shine, its dedicated local coaches put young athletes through their paces in a fun and motivating environment which aims to enrich the surrounding community.

The newly-announced sponsors agree that supporting the initiative was an easy decision.

Mark Hall, spokesperson for, said:

“Grassroots sports teams are so vital to local communities around the UK and we were delighted to have a chance to help support that. Promoting health and happiness for young people is an excellent cause, and it’s clear that Ilkley Town AFC and its coaches put a huge amount of time and passion into what they do.

“Coach Andy and his team deserve so much praise for the work they do, not only in creating opportunities for local children to thrive, but also for helping to build confidence and teach new skills, which are key for young people. We’re very pleased to be a sponsor for your team!”

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10 reasons why you should store your family’s stem cells

Stem cell collection and storage may not seem like a family essential in the same way as home or travel insurance, but in fact is it a form of insurance policy which could protect your entire family for decades to come.

As stem cell research continues to flourish, the collection and cryopreservation of yours and your family’s stem cells for future use could have a huge number of benefits – and here are ten to get you thinking.

A life saver – literally

First and foremost – stem cells are special types of cell which hold the key to many life-saving and advanced medical treatments, including for blood and immune diseases such as leukaemia, treating severe burns, sight-saving eye regeneration treatments and many others – with medical science continually advancing to include new therapies.

Peace of mind

Like ‘traditional’ insurance policies – stem cell storage offers you peace of mind, knowing you have taken steps to allow your family members all possible medical options in future.

Giving your family a choice

One form of stem cell collection is by taking cells from the umbilical cord at birth. A safe and painless procedure, it ensures that – should your child develop a disease where stem cell therapies are an option in future – you have given medical professionals an extra choice when it comes to treatment.

Your own health

Stem cell storage isn’t just a choice which protects the younger members of your family. By banking your own stem cells – using stem cells from healthy adult teeth – you also have the chance to preserve something which could help to keep all members of your family healthy…

Sharing is caring

…as well as your close family members. Should a family member ever require a stem cell transplant, doctors will first look to close genetic matches (i.e. you!) for donations, meaning that your choice to store your stem cells could be the gift of life for someone else.

Avoid the donor list

While amazing and life-saving work is done by stem cell donors, having healthy stem cells safely and securely stored can avoid the need to search for a donor should one be needed – and save precious time.

Join a growing revolution

More and more families are choosing to protect themselves by banking stem cells – with over 75,000 families using already.

It’s affordable

Despite being at the cutting edge of science, stem cell storage is affordable, with interest-free prices available – meaning that finances need not hold you back.

Future proof your family

Medical science is moving at an ever-increasing rate. While stem cell therapies are already available for a wide range of conditions, research continues to advance to include new treatments all the time – meaning that the choice to bank your stem cells now could open many more doors in future.

No risk – find out more

Best of all, you can get a free consultation from – so there’s no risk before you find out exactly how stem cell storage could be the best choice you make for your family.


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Can stem cells prevent Acute leukaemia?

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Stem cell research offers hope for those with ‘untreatable’ STDs

Stem cell research has advanced significant research which could offer hope to people suffering from previously incurable sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes.

The UK’s Stem Cell bank, has analysed the latest in clinical trials of stem cell treatments and seen real positive steps towards helping those with difficult to treat STDs.

Some sexually transmitted diseases, like herpes, have no cure. While treatment is available to sufferers to alleviate the symptoms of the disease, it is often a cause of distress and shame to those who live with a long-term, incurable disease. Herpes is the third most common STD and 10% of the population are thought to carry HSV type 2, the form of the virus which can cause sores on the genitals[1] – although there are more dangerous long-term risks associated with the virus, such as encephalitis and pregnancy complications.

However, has noted that in recent years, scientists have turned to more radical techniques to help tackle such diseases, with early attempts to use stem cell technology to treat STDs. Studies into the efficacy of gene editing, which works alongside stem cell research, has been shown promising results in tackling a variety of sexually transmitted diseases, from chlamydia to HIV.

While stem cell researchers have been looking closely at therapies to treat HIV since the 1980s, research has recently begun to make leaps and bounds in this area. In recent years, two men being treated for cancer at a hospital in Boston were found to have no traces of HIV in their bodies following stem cell therapy[2] – opening the door to further research and ultimately, clinical trials.

While a quick fix for these life-changing diseases isn’t yet available, it remains hugely encouraging that STDs are amongst the illnesses which respond to stem cell therapy, giving a beacon of hope for those who are looking for cures. However, stem cell therapy relies heavily on the ability to safely store and retrieve stem cells – which is where’s expertise is invaluable.

Mark Hall, spokesperson for, commented:

“It really is incredible to see the breadth of research focusing on using stem cells for life-changing treatments, and it is heartening to see that there is hope for those with previously incurable sexually transmitted diseases.

“Of course, we also advocate for better sex education, both at schools and in the wider public, to help curb the spread of STDs. There are a generation of people who remember the fear surrounding the AIDS epidemic in the Eighties and had these messages drilled into them, but there are plenty of younger people who don’t have the same cultural reference point. We need to ensure that – while stem cell research is promising and an exciting leap for medicine – young people are given the education to make informed decisions about safer sex.”

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Stem cell clone storage

If you bank stem cells now they could  be of use in cutting-edge cloning technologies which could dramatically improve lives.

However this is not in existence and is maybe 50 years away!

Recent breakthroughs in genetic science saw scientists develop a process known as ‘therapeutic cloning’ – using a person’s own cells to create stem cells, which could be used for a number of applications including growing tissues and organs to repair damage to the body.

The opportunity will one day arise to store these stem cells to ensure these breakthroughs are available should the person fall ill or require stem cell treatment in future. Therapeutic cloning reduces the risk of rejection when using stem cells in a patient, as the associated problems with using cells with different DNA are eliminated – meaning that, while stem cell cloning is a new and growing field, the future possibilities could be endless.

Medical applications, such as organ cloning, could offer relief to people with organ failure or other life-limiting conditions. Future advances in stem cell cloning, which has shown promise in a wide variety of applications, could even see the possibility of lab-growing limbs.

While the potential medical use of lab-grown limbs is evident, there are also cosmetic uses which could become incredibly popular as the ‘Instagram generation’ continues to strive for physical perfection. When surveyed by StemProtect.,, a number of young people came up with an unsurprising list of physical attributes they would love to have cloned for them.

Sophie, 27, from Blackburn, said, “Who wouldn’t clone themselves some Kardashian-style body parts? If I could use science to look perfect, I wouldn’t need bum implants – I could make my own designer body!”, while several men interviewed admitted they would use cloning technologies to give themselves the feet of a footballing star.

Limb cloning could have a more dramatic impact than just the perfect selfie, however. John, 46, commented: “My eldest son’s a keen rugby player but unfortunately, due to injury, he had to drop out of trials and his career ended before it had even started. If I could clone him a new leg, I would.”

Mark Hall, spokesperson for, commented:

“The science behind stem cell cloning continues to come on in leaps and bounds – and for many people, the possibility of having a securely stored back-up of their own stem cells would be a welcome idea.

“Of course, there are dozens of reasons why someone might want to look into cloning technologies in the future. It is certainly possible that, as science progresses, we see a greater number of people utilising new methods of attaining physical perfection – like an addition to their beauty routine, but at the cutting edge of technological advances!

“Ultimately, stem cell banking is about peace of mind – whether cloning technology could help a sick child, create an organ transplant instead of waiting on a list, or to achieve your physical goals, it will only be possible with safe, reliable and affordable stem cell storage, and that is what are providing.”

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Mind your manners! Over half of pre-school children cant use a knife and fork

Mind your manners! Over half of pre-school children cant use a knife and fork

Over half (54%) of the UK’s 2-5 year olds don’t regularly use knives and forks when eating at home – with 46% of parents not even providing utensils as an option.

The surprising statistic comes from a survey undertaken by, the UKs stem cell bank. The survey covered parents of 3,000 children between two and four years old across the UK and highlighted regional disparities – with York and Bristol coming out top for cutlery use, while Bradford came bottom in the UK.

While many parents will be able to sympathise with the struggle of getting their toddlers to eat their food rather than decorate with it, the survey revealed differing attitudes towards encouraging little ones to use cutlery.

The survey conducted by who spoke to 3000 parents through out the UK

When asked does your child (aged 2-5) use a knife and fork to eat

Yes – 46%
No – 54%

Top areas that children used knife and fork reside in
York – 62%
Bristol – 54%
Plymouth – 48%

Bottom areas for children who didn’t use a knife and fork
Bradford – 23%
Birmingham – 27%
Leicester – 30%

Some parents, such as Malcolm, 37 from London, were determined to instill good table manners into their children – despite the usual messy drawbacks of mealtimes with youngsters. Malcolm said:

“I’m normally at work when the kids eat, but we do all have breakfast together, which includes the occasional boiled egg. At the weekends we all eat together though – and although it’s normally its cold by the time they have finished and half of it’s on the floor, they do have to use a knife and fork to eat their meals!”

Others found that looking up to older siblings encouraged reluctant cutlery users, with Anna, 34, saying “It helps that our four year old uses a fork as the two year old loves to copy – although I’m not giving her a knife just yet!”.

However, some parents were less rigorous when it comes to mealtime etiquette – and fussy eaters were revealed as a problem. Mercedes, 23, from Bradford, admitted that her child only opted for food which didn’t require cutlery, such as toast or crisps, adding: “I’ve tried giving him chicken nuggets, but he’s just not interested.”

However, warned that not teaching your children to use cutlery correctly would be a hindrance once they reached school age.

Anna Edwards, spokesperson for, added:
“It’s important that children learn life skills early on. Schools expect that a child without any additional difficulties would be able to use a knife and fork by the time they start Reception and parents cannot expect teachers to be cutting up their children’s food for them.”

The NHS offers plenty of free advice for parents looking to help teach their children this important life skill, such as ensuring the table is at the right height and clear from clutter or distractions like the TV to encourage concentration.

The guidance also notes that while progress can be slow – and, as respondents to the survey agreed, messy – “it is important for them to learn the sequence and movements required for feeding”. The fine motor skills gained by putting these movements into practice also help your children’s brains develop as they grow.

Anna Edwards concluded:

“It might seem quicker and easier to help mealtimes along by assisting your child in eating – but this is a skill that they need to learn for themselves. By cutting up food for your child, you’re not giving them the chance to practice and many children will abandon their cutlery altogether in response, reverting back to using their fingers.”

“Independence at school lunchtimes is just one of many reasons why this is important for children. By encouraging them to be present and engaged at mealtimes, you will help foster healthier attitudes to food, mindfulness about what they are eating – which can lead to healthier food choices – and, of course, give them impeccable table manners for life!”

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Newborn stem cell collection kits: safeguarding your newborn’s future

Stem cells are truly amazing. They are incredibly flexible cells that can be utilised to cure a vast range of diseases and cancers. What most people don’t realise is that umbilical cord blood stem cells are younger and more versatile than adult stem cells, meaning that they are potentially life-changing for you and your family.

New uses for stem cells

The unique quality of newborn stem cells is expansive. They reduce complications when it comes to organ transplants and cure various blood cancers, just to name a few uses. Research by the NHS [] has also found that stem cells are regenerative and can help combat disease that causes muscle wastage. New uses for the stem cells are being discovered every day, so who knows what stem cells will be capable of curing when your child is fully grown?

The birth of your child is one of the best days of your life and a stem cell collection kit is likely the last thing on your extensive birth plan. However, it is really something you should consider for the benefit of your family in the long run. When you invest in our newborn stem cell collection kit, we guarantee that stem cell collection will be seamless and not interfere with the labour process.

Our newborn stem cell collection kits

The core blood collection kit is non-invasive and completely ethical. Cord blood is usually considered a waste product that is discarded after labour; so why not use our cord blood collection kit to put the stem cells in the cord to a more positive use in regards to the future health of your child?

Our newborn stem cell collection kit is the easiest and most reliable way to transport these life-saving stem cells. The kit is specifically designed to be as durable as possible so that your baby’s sample is protected on its journey to our laboratory. There’s a monitoring probe within the kit to ensure that your sample has remained at the optimum temperature during its transition.

The newborn stem cell collection kit allows you to invest in the health of your child from the second they are born. They are free as part of your package and can be delivered to hospitals, private midwives, phlebotomists, or even to your home. Don’t hesitate, call today for more information about how the stem cells in your newborn’s umbilical cord can make a significant positive impact on your family’s future.

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Stem Cells Can Give Us Bigger Penises, Breasts or Bottoms


The UK’s stem cell bank say cosmetic surgery could be dramatically improved with the use of stem cells.

Experts say that penis enlargement, along with a host of other cosmetic surgical procedures, can be significantly aided by using tissue grown from stem cells, which is the same as the body’s own natural material.

This new age of ‘plastic’ surgery will, say the UK’s stem cell bank, use no synthetic or harmful materials at all, and will instead be done using exclusively cells grown from the cells people can store in stem cell banks.

A combination of fat collected via liposuction, and healthy stem cells from a patient’s own body, can provide a new form of penis, breast and bottom augmentation that far surpasses any kind of enhancement surgery available before.

The benefits for patients are many. As it’s taken from the patients themselves, the body is far less likely to reject the material used for the enhancements. This makes surgery a much less risky procedure for patients, and could improve recovery times as well as making the results look much more natural than alternatives.

And in addition, the augmented parts will age better than synthetic materials and are less likely to need correcting at any point in the future.

In previous years, some patients who have undergone breast augmentation have hit the headlines when their implants have leaked or even exploded, causing health problems as well as a great deal of distress.

A spokesperson for said: “We’re entering a new age of cosmetic surgery, one which is striving to not only look more natural than ever before, but which is also seeking to use more and more natural materials and procedures to achieve the finished look.

“People are now very aware that natural is better, but at the same time they want to improve their appearance wherever they can. The result is something that stem cells can really help with, growing tissue from a person’s own cells so that it’s not rejected by the body.

“Nowhere is this more useful than in complicated and sensitive surgeries such as penis enlargement. Anything other than natural tissue is always a big risk, but with stem cells you can effectively just improve on nature using all the original materials.”

The same process can also be used to make breasts and bottoms bigger, both procedures that are increasingly becoming commonplace as people take advantage of the falling cost of cosmetic surgery.

In a survey carried out by, 95% of those surveyed said they would consider stem cell procedures over traditional plastic surgery if they were to choose one of the two in the future.

Sarah, 29, is currently considering a breast augmentation and is researching her options. She said: “I’m being really careful and not rushing into booking anything just yet. Your health is really important, so even though I do want the procedure I want it to be as safe as possible.

“The idea that I could use my own cells instead of adding anything else into my body is really appealing and I’m tempted to wait for that option before I actually get it done.”

Sarah and those like her may not have long to wait. With stem cells being hailed as the potential answer to health problems from ageing to hereditary disease, it’s no wonder they’re also now being explored as an alternative to cosmetic procedures too.