September 09, 2015
There are many non-controversial sources for which stem cells can be collected for potential use in human therapies. Saving cord blood is our preferred method, but other options include collecting stem cells from peripheral blood or bone marrow. As a family cord blood bank, we focus on collecting cells taken from the umbilical cord blood of newborns at birth. This is less invasive and less painful than collecting stem cells from bone marrow or peripheral blood. The difference is, these sources are options after the birth of a child or as an adult, whereas collecting cord blood or cord tissue for its many benefits can only be done at birth, as the stem cells found in umbilical cord blood and cord tissue banking are normally discarded as medical waste if expecting parents do not make the decision to retain them using a family cord banking service like CariCord.
Cord blood stem cells taken from newborns are preferred over other types of stem cells because they are “younger” and have not been exposed to damage from radiation, toxins, environmental stress, and other facts, which is a possibility when using peripheral blood stem cells. They are therefore typically higher quality cells, which means if they are needed for use in a treatment at some point down the road, there is a greater chance that the treatment will be successful. The peace of mind that this gives parents often outweighs cord blood pricing, and as you explore the parent’s guide to cord blood on our website, you will likely find our family cord blood collection services to be very competitively priced.
The stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood of newborns is valuable because it can potentially be used to treat more than 80 diseases, some of which can be life-threatening if left untreated. Storing your child’s cells is an investment in their future, as it ensures that the “freshest” and most powerful cells will be available for future use in the event that they are ever needed.
In an effort to be the best cord blood bank for saving your baby’s valuable stem cells, CariCord often offers special discounts on cord blood banking. Check our website often for pricing and any promotions that we may run from time to time in order to help defray the cost of cord blood banking for expecting parents on a tight budget.
September 07, 2015
Stem cells are often referred to as the “master” cells of the human body because they have the ability to re-create themselves into different types of cells. Stem cells have been used to treat a variety of diseases for more than forty years. However, in 1988, researchers began to take note of the special value of the stem cells found in umbilical cord blood and tissue. These cells carry many benefits, which is why many expecting parents choose family cord banking collection for their newborns. Since 1988, the stem cells found in cord blood have shown to offer a unique advantage over other kinds of stem cells, giving rise to the popularity of family cord blood banking services.
The stem cells found in umbilical cord blood and collected through family cord blood banking are more flexible than the cells found in other parts of the human body. Cord blood cells have been known to treat many diseases, such as leukemia, anemia, different types of cancers, and even brain damage. They are often used to treat the child they are collected from or a close family member who is a biological match.
Collecting umbilical cord stem cells is a very easy process. When expecting parents review cord blood pricing and then choose CariCord as their family cord blood service, they will be sent a collection kit in the mail. When they go to deliver their baby, all they have to do is take this kit with them. Their doctor will collect the umbilical cord blood upon delivery of the baby and give the kit back to the parents. Subsequently, the parents contact a medical courier to pick up the kit at the hospital and return it to CariCord’s highly accredited processing center and laboratory, located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, located in the Denver metro area. After the umbilical cord stem cells are processed, they will be stored in CariCord’s state-of-the-art cord blood repository.
Some parents also opt for the additional service of cord tissue banking, which is available for a small additional fee. Cord tissue benefits are currently different than cord blood, as cord tissue is not yet used in human treatments. However, research is underway to determine new uses for the cells in umbilical cord tissue banking. Cord blood banking, on the other hand, can currently be used to treat more than 80 diseases in humans.
September 05, 2015
The Stem Cell Bank at the University of Colorado, an FDA-licensed cord blood manufacturer and family cord banking service has cord blood transplant experience you can rely on, with more than 750 units released since 1998. These cord blood units have been shipped to many countries (over 120), including: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Austria, France, Brazil, Argentina, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and more. It is clear that there have been many benefits to umbilical cord blood banking, as these transplants have been used to treat many different diseases. A few common ones include Hodgkin’s lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, acute myelogenous leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, prolymphocytic leukemia, and more. In fact, the stem cells collected by family cord blood services can be used to treat more than 80 diseases, with scientists continually researching new possible treatments.
One of the future potential uses that scientists are researching right now pertains to umbilical cord tissue banking, which involves collecting a section of the umbilical cord of a newborn, rather than just the cord blood contained within. While the cord tissue benefits are not yet available for use on humans, trials are underway to determine the effectiveness of cord tissue for potential future use. In the same way that umbilical cord blood banking was not common 25 years ago (but is becoming more prevalent as we discover the many uses of cord blood), there are likely great potential cord tissue benefits that have yet to be discovered. By making the cost of cord tissue banking affordable, CariCord makes saving your child’s umbilical cord tissue a good decision. It could have many benefits down the road, should it become available for human treatments.
Umbilical cord blood banking, our most popular service, is available now, and has been used to treat many diseases that might have otherwise gone untreated had the stem cells found in cord blood not been collected and stored by cord blood banking companies like CariCord. We have the experience you can rely on to safely and painlessly collect and store your child’s cord blood or cord tissue for potential future use. Give us a call today to learn more about our process that has been utilized in more than 750 instances.
September 03, 2015
There are many scientists researching ways that stem cells collected from umbilical cord blood banking and other sources can be used in human medical treatments. Recently, Professor Michael Schneider and a team of scientists at Imperial College in London, England showed that they had developed a method to drive cardiac stem cells to become heart muscle cells. This process is done by using a silicon chip etched with very small grooves, approximately 0.01 millimeters wide and 0.0003 millimeters deep. These grooves stimulated a biochemical response in the cardiac stem cells that helps them become cardio myocytes, the name for heart muscle cells.
Why is this study important? Because heart disease is a major concern in today’s world, and this medical development can help, just as umbilical cord blood banking from family cord blood services can help treat more than 80 diseases. Heart disease has led to 17 million deaths across the world since 2012, and also greatly impairs the quality of life for many others. Scientists, like the team in England, are engaging in studies that seek to convert stem cells into cardio myocytes, which are able to be implanted in patients, who have had heart attacks and are in need of having heart muscles regenerated. They are doing this because the current processes are not very effective. There are also many scientists that are addressing “What is cord tissue?” and seeking to uncover the cord tissue banking benefits in human patients that use family cord banking services.
The study in which Schneider and his team reported their findings is published in the August 2015 edition of the medical journal Biomaterials. The researchers reported that materials can play an important role in increasing the effectiveness of an instructive gene cocktail. This is what creates the environment that drives cardiac stem cells to become heart muscle cells, which can be utilized to help patients regenerate their heart muscles and potentially treat the effects of heart disease.
As more research is done in this field, it is possible that scientists may discover more new ways that stem cells can be used to treat and repair heart disease and damage to the heart. Because a new medical breakthrough may happen tomorrow, it is important to consider umbilical cord blood and/or cord tissue banking today, for the future of your child. Once you have given birth, it will be too late to save your child’s cells and take advantage of the potential cord tissue benefits that may be available in the future, so learn more and explore the possibilities that CariCord offers while you are still undergoing your pregnancy term.