May 11, 2015

“What is stem cell research?” you may be asking. That’s a great question! There are many different types of stem cell research; umbilical cord blood banking is one of them. What happens is an expecting mother makes the decision during her stages of pregnancy to store her child’s cord blood in CariCord’s private facility. This is called private cord blood banking. The cord blood is then stored until it is needed to treat a disease in the child it is collected from, or a potential match such as a sibling or another relative. Umbilical cord blood banking is simple, painless, and non-controversial, unlike the types of stem cell research you may have heard about on the news.

Currently, umbilical cord blood banking has been known to treat more than 80 diseases, and ongoing stem cell research is discovering new treatment possibilities on an ongoing basis. This means that the decision to bank cord blood during your stages of pregnancy today could result in the treatment of a disease down the road that currently has no treatment. Cord blood will become even more useful in the future than it is now, which is why expecting mothers should choose umbilical cord blood banking during their pregnancy stages.

Cord blood is currently used for blood disorders, anemia treatment, immune disorders, and metabolic disorders, as well as the treatment of many different types of cancers and leukemias. In addition to being a good option for anemia treatment, umbilical cord blood collected after a mother’s pregnancy stages can treat Ewing Sarcoma, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Plasma Cell Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Neuroblastoma, Wilms Tumor, Thymoma, and more.

Stem cells found in umbilical cord blood can also be used to treat numerous blood disorders, including acute myelofibrosis, amyloidosis, congenital cytopenia, aplastic anemia treatment, pure red cell aplasia, and more. Because there are so many types of diseases cord blood can treat, making the decision during your stages of pregnancy to collect and store it can be a decision that can save lives at some point in time.

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May 08, 2015

When a mother decides during her stages of pregnancy to collect and store her child’s cord blood through a private family umbilical cord blood banking service such as CariCord, this decision can have far-reaching effects. Cord blood is currently used to treat more than 80 diseases effectively, and stem cell research is continually underway to find more practical uses for cord blood.

Umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells, which are non-controversial when used to treat patients in need of cancer, leukemia, or anemia treatment. A recent study utilized these cells, in an attempt to improve the neurodegeneration of the femoral nerve in a diabetic foot ulceration. Neuropathy is observed in 50% of diabetic patients with diabetic foot, which is why human cord blood cells could be of great benefit in femoral nerve neuropathy. This study was performed on lab rats, but has not yet been tested on humans.

The lab rats were given a single administration of streptozotocin and empyrosis on the dorsal hind foot. After the treatments were completed, the results showed that serum NGF was increased to a higher positive rate of NF-200. Continued clinical trials will likely be ongoing to determine the viability of this method of treatment in human patients. However, the results as of the time of this report are shown as positive.

This is one of the reasons why expecting mothers should consider CariCord during their stages of pregnancy. Even though you may not be familiar with umbilical cord blood banking or know what stem cell research is, it is important that you become informed and understand all your options. Stem cell research utilizing cord blood is ever-increasing, which means that cord blood could be used for treatments in the future that we are completely unaware of today. However, because cord blood can only be collected at the birth of a child, you must make the decision to bank your child’s cord blood before your pregnancy stages come to an end; otherwise you will not have the option to use it in the future.

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May 06, 2015

Dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can lead to dysfunction of the retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE), which can lead to blindness. Therefore, patients who are affected by this retinal disorder could benefit from a stem cell transplantation strategy. It is possible that these cells could be created from cord blood, which is another reason to choose umbilical cord blood banking during your stages of pregnancy. An effective treatment for RPE does not currently exist, which is why scientists are pursuing stem cell research in this area.

Stem cells derived from cord blood that were collected at the birth of a child after the decision was made to collect the cord blood during the mother’s pregnancy stages could be used to treat RPE, as well as 80+ additional diseases. Cord blood stem cells can be used for anemia treatment, cancer treatment, leukemia treatment, and more. Because stem cell research is continually expanding, there will likely be countless more diseases that cord blood can treat within the next decade. This is why cord blood banking should be considered during a mothers stages of pregnancy. The decision to save and store your child’s cord blood in CariCord’s secure facility can only be made during one of your pregnancy stages, because umbilical cord blood must be collected at the birth of a child. Even if the cord blood may not seem useful now, it could play a vital role in the life of your child later.

If there is a history of disease in your family, then umbilical cord blood banking may play an even more crucial role in the life of your child. So, no matter which of your pregnancy stages you are in, it is important to consider the potential of cord blood to treat or cure a genetic disease that your child could develop. This is a decision that you only have one opportunity to make, and CariCord is here to help you make an informed decision. Contact us today by phone, email, or live chat. We’d love to discuss how private cord blood banking could be of great benefit to your family.

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May 04, 2015

One of the reasons why cord blood banking is a great option to consider during your stages of pregnancy is the fact that stem cell research is continually growing and expanding. Researchers and scientists are constantly developing new treatments and potential cures for diseases. To date, umbilical cord blood banking is known to collect stem cells that can be used to treat more than 80 diseases, including anemia treatment.

Alopecia areata, also known as “AA”, is one of the most common autoimmune diseases. It unfortunately targets the hair follicles, which has a high impact on the quality of life and self-esteem of patients, due to the hair loss that it causes. Treatment and positive outcomes are currently limited, which is where umbilical cord blood banking comes into the picture. Stem cells taken from cord blood have been used to develop a Stem Cell Educator therapy that circulates a patient’s blood through a closed-loop system, in order to separate mononuclear cells from the whole blood. This allows the cells to briefly interact with multipotent stem cells, which are derived from human cord blood, and return the “educated” autologous cells to the patient’s blood circulation system. This can be used to treat patients who suffer from severe AA and hair loss.

This should sufficiently answer the question, “What is stem cell research?” The results of this clinical trial were positive, which means that cord blood could be a viable option to re-grow hair for patients who are effected by AA. This will greatly improve their self-esteem and quality of life, all because an expecting mother chose cord blood banking during one of her stages of pregnancy. Cord blood can also be used to treat various forms of cancers and leukemia, as well as for anemia treatment.

When you make the choice to bank your child’s cord blood during one of your pregnancy stages, you are making an investment in the future. Cord blood banking and stem cell research have already come a long way in the last ten years, so who knows what will be possible ten, twenty, thirty years from now?

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