10 Umbilical Cord Blood Facts Expecting Parents Should Know

Stem cells from the cord blood are currently being used to treat many medical conditions. And thousands of cord blood transplant have been performed worldwide since the first transplant in 1988 to treat a young boy with Fanconi Anaemia using his newborn sibling’s umbilical cord blood.

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6 Effective Ways to Survive Summer Pregnancy

As your second trimester comes to an end and your third trimester begins, remaining comfortable can be increasingly difficult. Coupled with the summer heat, it can become nigh-on impossible to enjoy this time. But no matter which trimester you’re currently in, there are some key tips to surviving your summer pregnancy.

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Why Save the Cord Blood at Birth (even if you are from a healthy family)

As more parents become aware of the healing and regenerative power of umbilical cord blood stem cells, they are faced with a major question of whether to store their baby’s umbilical cord blood at birth even if they have a healthy family background.

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Umbilical Cord Wharton's Jelly Stem Cells: Their Properties & Benefits

Previously discarded as medical waste, umbilical cord blood and cord tissue are now regarded as very valuable medical resources. The stem cells found in cord blood are already used to treat almost 80 different illnesses including some forms of cancer, immune system disorders, blood disorders and metabolic disorders (Corcell, 2015).

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Basic Guide to Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) for Pregnant Women

Non-invasive Prenatal Testing or NIPT is a way to test whether your unborn child may have certain chromosome markers that can help determine if your child might be at risk of the following:

  • Down syndrome
  • Turner syndrome
  • Extra sequences of Chromosome 13
  • Extra sequences of Chromosome 18
  • Sex abnormality
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Study Reveals Placenta Injection May Alleviate the Painful Symptoms of Arthritis

Findings from a recent clinical trial suggest that an injection of placenta cells may dramatically reduce pain caused by arthritis. The researchers believe that the pain reducing effects of the injection may last for up to a year.

The treatment studied in the trial is called ReNu. It was developed by British-US biotechnology firm Organogensis. It uses cells obtained from a part of the placenta called the amnion. This tissue can be easily obtained as it is normally discarded after a child has been born.

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Useful Tips for Successful Cord Blood Banking in UAE

The demand for saving cord blood is rapidly increasing in the UAE and other Middle East countries. Many parents have discovered the medical benefits of storing their child’s umbilical cord blood for future medical procedures and regenerative medicine. The main challenge parents face after deciding to bank their child’s umbilical cord blood is how to have a successful cord blood banking in UAE.

Here are some useful tips in choosing a cord blood bank and the process of cord blood banking:

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Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplants May Provide Long-Term Benefit for People with MS

A new study indicates that a combination of immunosuppression treatments and hematopoietic stem cell (HSCs) transplants may be able to stop disability progressing in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The research team found that the treatment prevented disability from worsening in 71% of test subjects. In an even more exciting development, they found that some patients saw the symptoms of their disability improve over the course of several years. The findings suggest that immunosuppression combined with stem cell transplants might form a viable treatment for some of the symptoms of MS. The study was published in January in the online issue of Neurology®, from the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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5 Benefits of Joining Antenatal Classes for Expecting Parents

Some expecting parents take antenatal classes a.k.a. childbirth classes, but others wonder what the benefits of joining antenatal classes are that they can't get from just reading pregnancy books. We will show you how soon-to-be parents can gain from joining antenatal classes.

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Stem Cell Secreted Factor Therapy Regenerates the Ovarian Niche and Rescues Follicles

Ovarian senescence is a natural part of the reproductive ageing process. It causes a decrease in the quantity and quality of oocytes (immature egg cells) in the ovaries. However, a significant number of young women are experiencing premature ovarian senescence, which makes it much harder to fall pregnant.

A new study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Oncology, suggests that stem cells and umbilical cord blood (UCB) plasma may play a role in preventing premature ovarian senescence.

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