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4 Your Health: Meditation is good medicine; benefits of cord blood

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Tucson- The use of public cord blood banks has declined in recent years but they still provide important benefits.

That's according to a new study from the rand corporation that looked at the 19 public cord blood banks in the U.S. The banks collect and store umbilical cord blood used to treat patients with leukemia and other disorders.

Researchers estimate the annual value of the cord blood system tops a billion dollars, which is far more than the cost. But they say there is also a need to increase the diversity of the cord blood collected.

At the heart of meditation

Meditation could help reduce some risk factors for heart disease.

Researchers with the American Heart Association, found meditation may decrease stress, depression and blood pressure. The practice may also improve sleep and help people stop smoking.

But it's not yet clear if meditation lowers the risk of a heart attack. 

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