July 08, 2015

Umbilical cord blood banking is a process that collects stem cells found in cord blood at the birth of a child, which can be utilized to potentially treat more than 80 diseases. As you have been exploring our website, you may have also noticed a few things about umbilical cord tissue banking. You may have wondered “What is cord tissue?”, or you may already be familiar with the cord tissue banking benefits.

CariCord offers both umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue banking through our family cord blood services. Both are great ways to salvage valuable stem cells that would otherwise be discarded as medical waste. Family cord banking ensures that your child’s cells will be available for potential future use.

Researches at the University of York in the UK are among those constantly looking for more uses for cord blood and tissue. A recent study* is evaluating whether or not treating osteoporosis can be one of the umbilical cord tissue benefits. Currently, there are more than 8 million people afflicted by the condition in the United Kingdom alone, and there is no available treatment to prevent osteoporosis from getting worse. This is one of the reasons why researchers are exploring potential stem cell treatments that join together with family cord banking services such as CariCord.

Lead researcher Paul Genever, PhD noted that a way to rejuvenate stem cells (that is, “reset” them to an earlier point in time) has recently been discovered, which allows for more effective tissue repair.*

Alan Silman, MD, medical director for Arthritis Research UK said this study has the potential to help reduce pain and improve quality of live for those living with osteoarthritis. It is a pioneering study that offers hope to those who are waiting for improved therapies to help with their pain management.

One of the cord tissue banking benefits is it helps enable research to find treatments for more diseases that utilize umbilical cord blood and tissue. This is especially true when you donate your child’s cord blood and/or tissue to a public cord blood bank. Family cord banking is also a viable option to those who desire their child’s cells to only be available for private use within the family.

* Source 1: http://www.york.ac.uk/research/themes/stem-cells-osteoarthritis/
Source 2: http://www.hcplive.com/medical-news/stem-cells-for-osteoarthritis-pain-treatment

 

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