July 22, 2015

Lung disease affects more than 35 million Americans and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. However, researchers at the Israeli Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot have recently determined that stem cells could possibly be used to repair damaged lung tissue. This would potentially be good news for the umbilical cord blood banking industry, because umbilical cord tissue and cord blood are considered to be among the most plentiful reservoirs of mesenchymal stem cells that carry a regenerative potential for numerous clinical applications.

Bone marrow stem cells are a bit different from stem cells collected through umbilical cord blood banking by family cord blood services, that can also collect and store umbilical cord tissue. Researchers at Weizmann realized that particular stem cells found in the lungs bear a striking similarity to those found in bone marrow. Their idea was it might be possible to introduce these new stem cells into the lungs. In order to do this, they would need to find a source of lung stem cells suitable for transplanting, which would be a rare find. Therefore, this is not one of the cord tissue banking benefits as of yet.

The team at Weizmann conducted tests and experiments, to use stem cells to restore damaged lungs, eventually figuring out a way to transplant stem cells and have them differentiate into normal lung tissue. This healed damaged lungs in lab rats, improving their breathing significantly. So it is a possibility that, in the future, restoration of damaged lungs could be one of the cord tissue benefits for those who store their child’s cord blood and cord tissue through family cord banking services? (If you are wondering, “What is cord tissue?”, click here for more information.

Family cord banking through CariCord is a great way to store your child’s umbilical cord blood and tissue, which is currently known to treat more than 80 diseases. While umbilical cord tissue banking is a relatively new phenomenon, there are many cord tissue benefits that CariCord can explain to expecting parents who are considering family cord blood services.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Health-and-Science/Weizmann-Institute-immunologists-suggestStem-cells-might-heal-damaged-lungs-408840

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