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.

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