January 22, 2016

The decision to bank your child’s umbilical cord blood is not one that should be taken lightly. If there is a history of hereditary disease in your family, you will want to be sure that your child’s stem cells collected from the umbilical cord are of the utmost quality and readily available. Thus, when choosing a family cord banking service, quality should be the primary consideration. Don’t be fooled by prices so low they seem “too good to be true.” There is no substitution for quality, which CariCord offers in abundance.

Cord blood banking is a relatively new medical field. Though it has been shown over the last two decades to treat more than 80 diseases, parents should be cautious of cord blood banks that lack the experience necessary to properly process and store cord blood. Reliability is also critical. If you need to access your child’s stem cells, you want to be sure they are actually there. This is why you should trust an established company such as CariCord over a new cord blood bank that lacks experience.

CariCord’s laboratory, ClinImmune Labs, has been collecting and processing cord blood for more than 18 years and manufacturing cord blood under a federal contract since 2006. Our public cord blood banking service, the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank, has supplied more than 720 units of cord blood for transplants in 120 treatment centers world-wide. Many of these treatments have been life-saving as a result of the decision to store cord blood.

Our lab was the second to receive FDA BLA approval to manufacture public cord blood units as an FDA-licensed pharmaceutical drug. We use the same processing methods and quality controls for your child’s cord blood stored in our private cord banking service as are required by the FDA for our public bank. No other family cord bank can offer you and your family this high level of quality.

Experience, reliability, and quality are the most important factors when choosing a cord blood bank. While it may be tempting to go with a cord blood bank that offers these “too good to be true” bargains, not all umbilical cord blood banking services are created equal. When considering the future health and well-being of your child, a slightly higher price tag is well worth the peace of mind that comes with it, because the price is reflective of CariCord’s wealth of experience and impeccable quality. However, for a limited time CariCord is offering a lucky family the chance to win free cord blood banking services! Click this link to enter for your chance to win.

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January 20, 2016

Connective tissue sheaths that bundle muscles together turn into hollow fibers when muscle injury occurs. These hollow fibers are known as ghost tissue. Research has shown that stem cells can be used to repair these muscles and build new tissue inside the hollow ghost fibers. Previously, it was known that stem cells could be used to heal muscles; researchers were just not aware how this took place until Micah Webster and a team of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Baltimore discovered that the stem cells used ghost fibers to complete this healing process.

Webster and his team used a microscopy technique to observe how stem cells rebuild damaged tissue in mice. The damage was caused by the venom of snakes. The undamaged stem cells used the hollow ghost muscle fiber to travel back and forth, spacing themselves out evenly and then replicating themselves to fill in the hollow fiber and create new muscle fibers. The stem cells did not move from one hollow fiber to another, but filled in hollow fibers that were connected to fibers that were intact.

Researchers often use mice models to investigate how stem cells repair and heal the body before the same tests are conducted in humans. This positive interaction shows that stem cells could possibly use ghost fibers to restore damaged tissue in humans. Scientists could utilize this in humans by creating artificial ghost fibers to heal injuries where a person has lost entire chunks of muscles, such as soldiers who are wounded by explosives in combat.

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January 19, 2016

A recent study conducted in Taiwan has shown promising results for intra-hippocampal transplantation of human umbilical mesenchymal stem cells (HUMSC) derived from Wharton’s jelly being used as therapy for epilepsy. Three groups of Sprague-Dawley rats were used in the study; one, a control group, was comprised of normal rats given PBS only. The second group were given pilocarpine to induce epileptic seizures with PBS injected into the hippocampus, while the third group was given pilocarpine to induce epilepsy and HUMSC transplants.

Results showed that the dorsal hippocampi of the second group (induced status epilepticus, no HUMSC) were smaller in volume than those of the first group (normal) and third group (induced SE, HUMSC transplantation). The group of SE rats that received HUMSC transplants experienced significantly decreased seizures compared to the group of SE rats that did not. The results “demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of HUMSC transplantation for the development of epilepsy, which are likely due to the ability of the cells to produce neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory cytokines” according to the abstract of the study.

The results of this study reveal a promising therapeutic possibility for epilepsy in humans in the future. As stem cell research progresses, the list of diseases and medical conditions that can be treated or managed using stem cell therapy will continue to grow. CariCord uses only the most advanced and proven processing methods to collect and preserve your child’s cord blood and cord tissue. This is one of the many reasons CariCord is a leading name in family cord blood banking. To learn more about the benefits of preserving your child’s umbilical cord blood, browse our website or visit the Parent's Guide to Cord Blood.

Source: P. Huang, Y. Shih, Y. Tseng, T. Ko, Y. Fu, Y. Lin. “Xenograft of human umbilical mesenchymal stem cells from Wharton’s jelly as a potential therapy for rat pilocarpine-induced epilepsy.” Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. 2015.

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January 18, 2016

CariCord, one of the premier names in family cord blood banking today, is offering the opportunity to win free umbilical cord blood banking. For those who are new to this medical phenomenon, this is an opportunity to take advantage of cord blood banking, risk-free!

Cord blood banking is a relatively new practice that already has a documented record of success. Over the past two decades, researchers have found that the stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood are useful in the treatments of more than 80 diseases, including many different types of cancers. This means that cord blood treatments can potentially save lives; this is undoubtedly an excellent reason to consider storing your child’s cord blood via CariCord.

Cord blood banking is an investment in the future of your child. Because it can only be collected and stored at birth, you have one opportunity to preserve your child’s valuable stem cells for potential future use. Should your child develop one of the diseases that cord blood can be used to treat, the decision to store your child’s cord blood cells proves invaluable. Because of this, CariCord encourages all expecting parents to consider cord blood banking. With this contest, that decision becomes even easier, as the initial financial investment is removed from the equation.

Enter online on the CariCord website here. Subject to full terms and conditions. Contact us for more information. Drawing will be held March 31, 2016.

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