September 25, 2015
A recent study examined the therapeutic effects of mesenchymal stem cells collected by family cord blood banks in treating pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in rats. The researchers determined that cord blood could have multiple therapeutic applications for treating this condition; however, due to low survival rates in a previous study, this study utilized a conditioned medium from a culture of mesenchymal stem cells as an alternative to the unconditioned medium that was previously used.
The conditioned medium in this study was composed by culturing the stem cells in three-dimensional spheroids. It was then injected in the rats as part of the study. Compared with the control unconditioned medium, the conditioned version was shown to be more effective in treating PAH, as it reduced ventricular pressure and maintained respiratory function in the animals that received the treatment.
Future studies may find that cord blood is a viable option to treat PAH in humans, which would be good news for the family cord banking industry. Currently, stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood can be used to treat more than 80 diseases in humans, which is why many parents have found great value in the services that CariCord offers. For more information on family cord pricing or to read our parent’s guide to cord blood, visit our website.
September 23, 2015
Over the past twenty years, researchers have discovered that the stem cells found in umbilical cord blood offer many benefits. These cells are currently known to treat more than 80 diseases, including leukemia and several types of cancers. As research continues to advance, it is likely that there will be many more benefits to family cord blood banking in the future.
As more and more expecting parents are discovering the potential of their child’s cord blood, they are using family cord banking services like CariCord to store the valuable stem cells of their child in a secure cord blood repository for potential future use. These cells are most often used in the future for a transplant in the same person they are collected from, but they can also be used for treatment of another positive match. Generally speaking, one in four siblings are positive matches, which means the cord blood from one child can possibly be used to treat a serious disease in another child. If there is a history of disease in your family, or you were not aware of cord blood banking when your first child was born, this is beneficial, as you can bank the cells of your children from this point forward and have a level of protection for your entire family.
For more information on the process of storing your child’s cells via family cord blood services, check out the parent’s guide to cord blood on the CariCord website. If you have a question that we haven’t already answered online, feel free to contact us via phone or email for a free consultation.
Another type of service we offer is cord tissue banking. Cord tissue is different from cord blood, as it contains different types of stem cells that can be used to treat different diseases. While cord blood is currently used to treat more than 80 diseases in humans, the cord tissue benefits are currently not available in human treatments. However, because you can only choose cord tissue banking at the birth of your child, you can preserve these stem cells as well for potential use as research continues to advance and human treatments are discovered and approved by the medical community.
September 21, 2015
Thirty years ago, umbilical cord blood banking was not a possibility. Today, more and more expecting parents are choosing to store their child’s cord blood stem cells in one of the best cord blood bank’s available, CariCord. While research is expanding and umbilical cord blood banking is becoming more and more of a “normal” procedure, not everyone is completely familiar with the great benefits that family cord blood services can offer. Because of this, we have assembled a step-by-step parent’s guide to cord blood on our website, to help you become more familiar with the process. There is also information to answer the question, “Why save baby cord blood?”
There are essentially three options when it comes to cord blood banking. The first option is private banking, which ensures that a child’s stem cells are available for personal future use. This is available when you opt to use CariCord’s family cord blood services. The second option is public banking, which is similar to donating to a traditional blood bank. However, due to minimum donation size requirements, only 25% of donations given will actually be banked. This may seem like a small percentage, but there is certainly a chance that your donation can end up being a life-saving transplant for someone else. The third option is to do nothing, which means your child’s stem cells will be discarded as medical waste.
The benefit to public banking is there is no cost to the family. While there is a charge for private banking, we think you will find CariCord’s cord blood banking pricing to be an affordable option considering the quality level of our processing and storage. One of our goals is to educate parents on the value of cord blood banking through our parent’s guide to cord blood. It is our hope that expecting parents will choose some form of cord blood banking, so that the stem cells found within the umbilical cord will have the chance to potentially be used for research or treatments in this growing medical field.
September 18, 2015
One of the things you will learn from the parent’s guide to cord blood is that newborn stem cells are different than other types of cells. What we mean by this is, the cells taken from baby cord blood are different from adult stem cells, which are often extracted from bone marrow. In fact, many researches would say newborn stem cells have significant advantages over adult stem cells, which is a good reason to save your child’s cells via CariCord’s family cord blood services.
One of the advantages of newborn cells over adult cells is they are biologically younger and, therefore, more flexible. They carry a lower risk of complications in the event that a transplant procedure is needed. Cord blood banking is helpful because a person’s own cells are available for transplant if they are needed. The cells will also be available immediately without being put on a waiting list (which can happen with public cord blood banking), which means that doctors can perform the transplant before the disease progresses and becomes more serious.
Both adult and newborn stem cells have the capability to differentiate into different types of cells. They also both have the capability for autologous transplantation and treatment methods and procedures have been established and proven in patients to treat more than 80 diseases. Both adult and newborn cells also carry a low risk of tumor formation, but newborn cells are unique in that they also have a low risk of viral contamination. Newborn stem cells also have a high proliferation capacity, which is why many parents choose to store them with CariCord, a private baby cord blood banking service that offers low prices and discounts from time to time.
Perhaps one of the greatest advantages to newborn cells is that collecting them at the birth of your child is safe and painless, when you use family cord banking services. In comparison, collecting stem cells from the bone marrow of adults can be an invasive and painful procedure.
When you choose CariCord, you are choosing one of the top family cord blood services for private cord banking. For more information on our procedures, be sure to review the parent’s guide to cord blood on our website. Our FAQ page may also be helpful if you are unfamiliar with what we do or are asking yourself, “What is cord blood?”