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Cord Blood FAQ: Is It Worthwhile to Store My Baby's Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells at Birth?

You might have heard about the incredible medical breakthroughs involving the use of umbilical cord blood stem cells. These stem cells are already used to treat over 85 different illnesses and there is a lot of exciting new research into the regenerative power of stem cells (Moise, 2005).

However, many expecting parents have a lot of unanswered questions about the cord blood banking practice and whether it is worthwhile to store the cord blood stem cells of their baby. So to help you understand the benefits of saving the umbilical cord blood stem cells, we'll answer some of the most frequently asked questions by parents who are new to the idea of cord blood banking.

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Umbilical Cord Blood: Current and Future Uses for Your Family

Since the discovery of cord blood stem cells in 1974, there have been more than 40,000 transplants worldwide. Many of these procedures have been life-saving, helping patients recover from deadly conditions like leukaemia and multiple myeloma.

But cord blood stem cells may have an even brighter future, with dozens of clinical trials underway that may lead to new treatments for heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions. Some researchers believe that the regenerative potential of stem cells is about to revolutionise the world of medicine.

In this article, we’ll share some of the current and future uses of cord blood stem cells. It will help you understand why cord blood stem cells are a precious medical asset which should be preserved for your family’s health.

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The World's First Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant Recipient

Although most people assume that cord blood stem cell therapy is a cutting-edge medical technology, it has a history that stretches back decades. In fact, the very first umbilical cord blood transplant occurred on the 6th of October 1988 over 30 years ago.

The recipient of the world’s first umbilical cord blood transplant was a young 5-year-old boy named Matthew Farrow. Matthew received the cord blood stem cell transplant to treat Fanconi Anaemia, a rare and life-threatening blood disorder.

This cord blood awareness month, we'd like to share with you Matthew's journey to becoming the world's first successful recipient of umbilical cord blood transplant.

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10 Awesome Facts You Should Know About Umbilical Cord Blood

The umbilical cord blood was once considered a waste product that was discarded after a baby was born. After many years of research and hundreds of successful transplants, the blood from umbilical cord is now seen as an important biological resource that could potentially save many lives and treat various life-threatening diseases.

A newborn baby's umbilical cord blood is considered highly valuable because of the stem cells it contains. They include haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) which are capable of generating new blood cells, and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) which can turn into many types of cells including nerve cells, muscle cells, and bone cells. Learn more about the major types of stem cells within the cord blood »

To help you understand more about the useful benefits of a newborn baby's umbilical cord blood, here are 10 awesome facts about umbilical cord blood every expecting parent should know.  Let’s check them out.

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July is Cord Blood Awareness Month: Help Spread the Word!

July is Cord Blood Awareness Month, an annual event designed to raise awareness of umbilical cord blood and its many medical applications. The event aims to educate people about the regenerative capabilities of cord blood and the many benefits of storing your child’s umbilical cord blood for later use.

Cord blood stem cells are used to treat over 85 different medical conditions, including many forms of cancer, blood disorders, immune disorders, and metabolic disorders.

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