July 24, 2015

Recent headlines in the umbilical cord blood banking community indicate that UC Berkeley researchers and scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have developed a method to grow beating cardiac tissue from stem cells, which could create a model for early heart development, as well as a drug-screening tool to make pregnancies safer for mom’s who consider umbilical cord tissue banking from family cord blood services.

The researchers used biochemical and biophysical cues to prompt stem cells to differentiate and self-organize into micron-scale cardiac tissue, including microchambers. “We believe it is the first example illustrating a process of developing human heart chamber in vitro,” stated Kevin Healy, a professor of bioengineering at UC Berkeley. Healy serves as co-senior author of the study with Dr. Bruce Conklin, a senior investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease.

Dr. Conklin also stated that this technology could help screen for drugs that are likely to generate cardiac birth defects, so that they may be avoided. This is highly beneficial for safer pregnancies, just as there are many cord tissue banking benefits. Dr. Conklin advised that there are as many as 280,000 pregnant women exposed to drugs that carry an evidence of potential fetal risk. The most common reported birth defects include the heart, so preventing this is of utmost concern for those involved in the drug safety world. It is possible that stem cells could play a role in making these pregnancies safer and children less prone to birth defects, which makes family cord blood services like us very happy. We have seen the affect that birth defects can have on a person, and we hope that as cord blood and cord tissue benefits increase, one of them will be preventing birth defects through family cord banking.

Currently, stem cells collected through umbilical cord blood banking and cord tissue banking is known to treat more than 80 diseases. As research increases, one of the cord blood and tissue banking benefits could have to do with heart disease. It would be remarkable if umbilical cord tissue banking through a family cord blood service could play a role in preventing heart disease in both children and adults. Perhaps then more people would know the answer to the question, “What is cord tissue?”

Source: http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/07/14/early-human-heart-development-stem-cells-model/

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July 22, 2015

Lung disease affects more than 35 million Americans and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. However, researchers at the Israeli Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot have recently determined that stem cells could possibly be used to repair damaged lung tissue. This would potentially be good news for the umbilical cord blood banking industry, because umbilical cord tissue and cord blood are considered to be among the most plentiful reservoirs of mesenchymal stem cells that carry a regenerative potential for numerous clinical applications.

Bone marrow stem cells are a bit different from stem cells collected through umbilical cord blood banking by family cord blood services, that can also collect and store umbilical cord tissue. Researchers at Weizmann realized that particular stem cells found in the lungs bear a striking similarity to those found in bone marrow. Their idea was it might be possible to introduce these new stem cells into the lungs. In order to do this, they would need to find a source of lung stem cells suitable for transplanting, which would be a rare find. Therefore, this is not one of the cord tissue banking benefits as of yet.

The team at Weizmann conducted tests and experiments, to use stem cells to restore damaged lungs, eventually figuring out a way to transplant stem cells and have them differentiate into normal lung tissue. This healed damaged lungs in lab rats, improving their breathing significantly. So it is a possibility that, in the future, restoration of damaged lungs could be one of the cord tissue benefits for those who store their child’s cord blood and cord tissue through family cord banking services? (If you are wondering, “What is cord tissue?”, click here for more information.

Family cord banking through CariCord is a great way to store your child’s umbilical cord blood and tissue, which is currently known to treat more than 80 diseases. While umbilical cord tissue banking is a relatively new phenomenon, there are many cord tissue benefits that CariCord can explain to expecting parents who are considering family cord blood services.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Weizmann-Institute-immunologists-suggestStem-cells-might-heal-damaged-lungs-408840

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July 20, 2015

Nerve pain is not only a painful nuisance, but something that can greatly reduce the quality of life for those who suffer from it. Treatments utilizing stem cells found in umbilical cord tissue and cord blood has shown potential for dealing with nerve pain, which is one of the many cord tissue benefits. There are many practical uses for stem cells collected through umbilical cord tissue banking; treating nerve pain is just the tip of the iceberg.

A recent study from Duke University, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, revealed some important information when it comes to using stem cells collected through umbilical cord blood banking and cord tissue banking to treat nerve pain. For this study, the medical team injected mice with bone marrow stromal cells, which are a kind of stem cell taken from bone marrow. These are different than stem cells collected through umbilical cord blood banking or taken from umbilical cord tisssue, but they can still be beneficial. The Duke Press release that the Journal of Clinical Investigation published indicated that prior research had shown that bone marrow stromal cells possess an array of healing factors, making them successful in relieving pain causes by stroke, heart damage, and inflammatory bowel disease.

The mice that were injected carried nerve damage and the stromal cells (which are different from cells collected by family cord blood services) soon infused with the spinal cord fluid of the mice. The results showed that these treated mice were much less sensitive to the pain caused by nerve damage, as opposed to untreated mice. Continued observation showed that the mice were relieved of their pain for four to five weeks, which astonished researches, who reported that they expected the pain relief to last a few hours, perhaps a few days at most.

This is similar to the way family cord banking is astonishing families who find that it can be used to treat more than 80 diseases. Truly, there are many positive factors concerning umbilical cord tissue banking. Cord tissue benefits may include the treatment of chronic nerve pain in the future, which is why it is a good idea to choose one of the family cord banking services during your stages of pregnancy, as cord blood and cord tissue banking benefits cannot be capitalized on if you do not collect your child’s stem cells that are found in cord blood and tissue at birth.

If you are curious and wondering, “What is cord tissue?”, we invite you to explore our website and learn more about our family cord blood services.

Source: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-07/du-scp070815.php

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July 17, 2015

Because umbilical cord blood banking is a relatively new medical breakthrough and many Americans are still asking themselves, “What is cord tissue?”, most people have a lot of questions about the cord blood and umbilical cord tissue banking process. That’s why we’ve compiled an extensive amount of information on our website and our blog, so you can be properly informed on all of the cord tissue banking benefits.

CariCord is one of the family cord blood services that strives to appropriately preserve cord blood and cord tissue and the stem cells they contain. Like with any professional service, there is more than one option available, but we hope that you will find that CariCord is the best choice for family cord banking and/or cord tissue banking.

Another option is the choice between public or private umbilical cord blood banking. Public cord blood banking means that you choose to donate your child’s cord blood or cord tissue to a public cord blood banking service, much like giving blood to a traditional blood bank. Private umbilical cord tissue banking can also be known as family cord banking. This is because your child’s cord blood or cord tissue is securely stored for private use, whether to treat a potential disease in that child later on, or help a sibling or close family member who is a blood match. This will hopefully answer the question, “What is cord tissue and cord blood banking?”

When it comes to pricing, there is no substitute for quality, which is what our family cord blood services hopefully offer. Typically, cord blood banking costs $2,395 and cord tissue banking only costs $795. The umbilical cord blood and tissue banking package, which includes both (normally $3,190), currently costs $2,390. This $800 discount is one of the cord tissue banking benefits when you choose to combine both together. Further discounts are available in some cases, such as when we have a special sale, and you can make payments over a period of 6, 12, or 18 months if need be.

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