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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