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Researchers in Melbourne could be on the verge of a medical breakthrough after pinpointing three types of stem cells in umbilical cord blood, which could be the key to preventing cerebral palsy. As part of a trial to prevent the disorder, babies in Victoria will be given back their own umbilical blood, reported The Herald Sun. Cerebral palsy is a physical condition affecting posture and movement, due to damage to the developing brain during pregnancy or shortly after birth. One Australian child every 15 hours is born with cerebral palsy according to Cerebrapalsy. Often caused by oxygen deprivation around the time of birth, about 700 Australian babies are born with cerebral palsy each year, making it the most common childhood physical disability.