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).
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Stem cell banking in UAE is becoming increasingly popular as parents discover more about umbilical cord blood stem cells and their medicinal capabilities. These stem cells are already used in over 85 medical procedures and have saved the lives of many people diagnosed with leukaemia, immune system disorders, lymphoma and other diseases. New research into stem cells from umbilical cord is also very promising. There are more than 5 million families who have banked their baby's cord blood worldwide. The trend in cord blood banking is expected to grow further as new research into umbilical cord stem cells comes to fruition.
Each year, scientists continue to learn more about the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs are multipotent cells found within umbilical cord blood (UCB), bone, and adipose tissue. They are powerful cells capable of regenerating ligament, cartilage, bone, and other tissue types.
In a new discovery, a team of researchers have found that the MSCs found within umbilical cord blood may be more powerful than the cells found within adipose tissue and bone marrow.