November 18, 2015
CariCord is proud to announce a recent move to a new facility at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. The Bioscience 2 building, which is located at 12705 E. Montview Blvd. is a state-of-the-art facility that serves as a research hub, education center, and industry incubator. This facility is equipped with clinical specimen freezers for all of the laboratory services on campus, including the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank and CariCord, which offers both cordblood and umbilical cord tissue banking services.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 18, 2015, Brian Freed, PhD (who serves as the Executive Director of ClinImmune Labs and a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine) mentioned that the freezers in the new building preserve more than 10,000 stem cell products, many of which play key roles in developing new medical treatments and therapies. “These are the therapies that are going to benefit our patients and all the residents in this area,” Freed said. “It would not have been possible without this expanded facility.”
Don Elliman, the Chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus, also spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, referring to Bioscience 2 as a ‘spectacular facility’ that was the result of a collaboration between the city of Aurora, the University of Colorado (CU), and the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA).
BioScience 2 houses many start-up companies and organizations that are birthed out of CU research. It is unique in that it allows both bioengineering students and faculty easy access to health care providers, researchers, and professionals within the industry. Elliman also noted that the ability for both students and faculty to work on innovations in both engineering and healthcare is one of the more unique programs in the United States today.
November 16, 2015
Family cord blood researchers first discovered the power of umbilical cord blood stem cells in the late 1980’s. In 1988, cord blood could be used to treat one disease. By the year 2007, that number had expanded to 40 diseases treatable by family cord blood services. Research advanced rapidly in the years that followed, with the number of diseases that cord blood is capable of treating doubling from 2007 to 2010. These stem cells are now able to treat more than 80 diseases, which is a solid reason why you should save baby cord blood.
Cord blood banking is changing modern medicine because doctors now have new, viable treatment options for more than 80 diseases, which have proven to be successful in numerous cases. Though saving cord blood is not a guarantee, it greatly increases the chances that your child will receive treatment should they contract one of the diseases that are known to be treated with cord blood stem cell therapies. Over the past few decades, more than 30,000 transplants have been successful.
With the quick advancement of cordblood research, it is possible that, in the future, banking your child’s cells will become widespread, normal practice. Not everyone is aware of the valuable potential of cord blood stem cells, which is why many expecting parents do not make the smart decision to preserve their newborn’s cells through a service like CariCord. Some parents are not even aware that cord blood banking exists at all, which is why we seek to raise awareness of the great potential it offers.
If you are unfamiliar with cord blood banking or are wondering, “Why save baby cord blood?” we have answers for you! Our friendly customer service representatives are available to chat online via the CariCord website. Or, if you prefer, we are just a phone call away and can answer any questions you may have about our services. For cord blood banking pricing, please refer to our website.
November 13, 2015
In the United States, one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer (leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma) roughly every 3 minutes. Every 10 minutes, a person dies from one of these blood cancers. In 2013, it is estimated that 149,990 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with these diseases combined. These cases accounted for roughly 9.4% of the estimated 1.6 million new cancer cases diagnosed in 2014.
Leukemia is a cancer that begins in the blood’s stem cells, basic cells that develop into other types of cells and play different roles in the human body. Blood stem cells either develop into lymphoid or myeloid stem cells, and lymphoid cells develop into lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells. Leukemia causes high numbers of abnormal white blood cells that are not fully developed. This causes a lack of regular blood cells, which cause the symptoms of leukemia, which may include bleeding, bruising, fever, and/or feeling tired. There are different kinds of leukemia and the exact causes are unknown.
Types of leukemia that cord blood has been shown to treat include: acute lymphoblastic, acute myeloid, chronic myeloid, chronic myelomonocytic, and juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. These 5 types of leukemia are among the 80 diseases that family cord blood can treat, which is why expecting parents choose to “save” their child’s stem cells using CariCord’s family cord blood banking services. If there is a history of any of these types of leukemias in your family, it can be especially important to consider storing your child’s cells using a private family cord blood service.
November 11, 2015
What if we told you that a simple decision made during your pregnancy term could potentially end up saving the life of your child at some point down the road? With family cord blood services, it is possible! The stem cells found in umbilical cord blood can be utilized to treat more than 80 diseases. Thirty years ago, this was not possible, but it is today, thanks to modern stem cell research.
The unique thing about family cord blood banking that makes it different from other types of stem cell collection is the fact that cord blood cells can only be collected at the birth of your child. Therefore, it is important that expecting parents learn more about this process and cord blood banking prices before their delivery. When you choose CariCord, you will receive a collection kit in the mail. Simply take it to the hospital when you go to have your baby and your doctor will take care of the rest. After collection, your kit will be delivered to our secure laboratory near Denver, Colorado, where it will be processed in an FDA-certified facility and stored for future use when it is needed.
There are two types of cord blood banking: public and private. We’ll take more about these differences in a separate blog post. While our private bank is our primary service, public banking is also available through the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank, which has distributed over 700 units of cord blood to date. Not all of these treatments are for life-threatening illnesses, but cord blood has been known to save lives. These stem cells have been proved by medical professionals to regenerate and create new cells of multiple varieties and cure more than 80 diseases.
Both private and public family cord blood banking can save lives. However, if you do not choose a family cord banking service before the birth of your child, their valuable stem cells will be discarded as medical waste and will be gone forever. The simple decision to save your family cord blood could save the life of your child or another positive match in your family, which is reason enough for ALL expecting parents to research umbilical cord blood banking services from CariCord.