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.
The Power of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
Stem cells from umbilical cord have been used for many years to treat leukaemia and other blood born diseases. In recent years, the number of medical conditions that stem cells can treat has rapidly grown.
Some of the conditions currently treated by umbilical cord stem cells include:
- Blood Disorders including Sickle cell anaemia and Thalassemia
- Bone Marrow Disorders including severe aplastic anaemia and Myelofibrosis
- Many varieties of Leukaemia including Non-Hodgkins’s lymphoma, Neuroblastoma, Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and Acute myelogenous leukaemia (AML)
- Metabolic disorders including Hunter syndrome, Krabbe disease and Bare lymphocyte syndrome
- Immunodeficiencies including Chronic granulomatous disease, Common variable immune deficiency (CVID) and Severe combined immune deficiency (SCID and SCID-ADA)
There are also many therapies in clinical trials and at research stage. Some of the current clinical trials are looking at the effect of stem cells on: diabetes, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer, juvenile arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and spinal cord injury.
Some of trials in the past 10 years have already seen extraordinary results with one paralysed woman even walking again after receiving stem cells from umbilical cord (Kang et al., 2005). Regenerative medicine may also see stem cells used to repair the heart, re-build muscle, strengthen bones, re-build teeth, re-grow hair and repair skin tissue.
The Growing Popularity of Stem Cell Banking in UAE
Parents in the UAE are often quick to embrace new medical technologies and their acceptance of cord blood stem cells is no exception. The media has reported that between 2011 and 2013, there was a 48.4% increase in the number of stem cell units stored in some facilities (Ismail, 2013).
The key to this explosion in popularity is the growing awareness of what stem cells from umbilical cord can do. Parents are very aware of the incredible medical opportunities that stem cell banking in UAE provides and are embracing it wholeheartedly.
Part of the recent explosion in popularity of umbilical cord stem cells in the UAE is the fact there is a prevalence of genetic disorders in the region. Stem cell research has shown that it treat some genetic conditions like cerebral palsy and thalassaemia which often affect children in the UAE.
Cells4Life Provides Stem Cell Banking in UAE
Cells4Life provides world class cord blood banking for parents living in the UAE and other parts of the Middle East. With more than a decade of experience in operating stem cell banks across the world, Cells4Life have the foremost technology for preserving stem cells from umbilical cord.
Cells4Life is fully licensed from the Human Tissue Authority (license number 11083) under the Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007 (Q&S Regulations) for the procurement, testing, processing, storage, and distribution of human umbilical cord blood and tissue.
Contact one of our cord blood specialists today to discuss your requirements and learn more about Cells4Life services at +971 4 3116613.
Ismail, M. (2013). More Dubai parents opt to store their children's stem cells | The National. Thenational.ae. Retrieved 10 April 2015, from http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/health/more-dubai-parents-opt-to-store-their-childrens-stem-cells
Kang, K., Kim, S., Oh, Y., Yu, J., Kim, K., & Park, H. et al. (2005). A 37-year-old spinal cord-injured female patient, transplanted of multipotent stem cells from human UC blood, with improved sensory perception and mobility, both functionally and morphologically: a case study. Cytotherapy, 7(4), 368-373. doi:10.1080/14653240500238160