Using Cord Blood Stem Cells to Treat Heart & Vascular Diseases

A recent survey from the World Health Organisation found that Ischaemic heart disease and stroke remain the world’s biggest killers, causing an estimated 15.2 million deaths in 2016.  These two diseases have now been the world’s leading cause of death for more than 15 years.

Both heart disease and stroke fall under the category of heart and vascular diseases.  This category also includes conditions like high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, heart arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, and peripheral artery disease.

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Using Cord Blood Stem Cells to Treat Autoimmune Diseases

The immune system plays a critical role in the human body, helping to protect the body from infectious organisms and other foreign invaders.  It relies on a complex system of cells and proteins which prevent infections and diseases from causing damage.

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Using Cord Blood Stem Cells to Treat Skeletal Diseases & Injuries

Scientists have made some incredible breakthroughs in the field of stem cell research in the past few decades.  These breakthroughs have resulted in stem cells being used to treat more than 80 different diseases, including many forms of cancer, immune system disorders, metabolic disorders, and blood disorders.

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Using Cord Blood Stem Cells to Treat Neurological Disorders

According to figures from the World Health Organisation, up to one billion people currently suffer from a neurological disorder of some type.  This is approximately 1 in 6 of the world’s population.  The WHO also reports that as many as 6.8 million people die due to a neurological condition each year.

Neurological disorders include a range of diseases and injuries that that affect the brain, spine, and nerves that connect them.  Medical researchers have identified more than 600 different neurological disorders ranging from common conditions like stroke, Parkinson’s disease and brain tumours through to less common ailments like frontotemporal dementia.

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Cord Blood Stem Cells vs Bone Marrow Stem Cells

Stem cell transplants are designed to replace the patient’s unhealthy cells with healthy ones. The most common sources of these healthy cells are the umbilical cord blood and bone marrow.

Cord blood refers to the blood that is collected from an infant's umbilical cord after delivery, so that it may be tested, frozen, and subsequently stored cord blood bank for future use. The cord blood contains unique stem cells that can potentially treat more than 80 medical conditions.

The bone marrow, on the other hand, is extracted from the breastbone, skull, hips, ribs or spine, as these contain stem cells which produce the following types of blood cells:

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Umbilical Cord Blood Could be Used to Fix Babies' Cleft Palates

A recent study performed by researchers in Colombia used stem cells from umbilical cord blood to repair cleft palates in children.  The results of the trial were successful and may lead to a treatment that replaces the need for bone grafts in children with this condition.

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How Cord Blood Stem Cells are Used to Treat Blood Cancers

Welcome to the final part of our four-part series on blood cancer, written for Blood Cancer Awareness Month. This article will take a closer look at how cord blood stem cells are used to treat blood cancers.

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5 Promising Cord Blood Clinical Trials and their Future Benefits

Researchers continue to discover new applications for the stem cells found in umbilical cord blood.  Some of these discoveries have the potential to completely change how many common illnesses are treated.  This article will highlight 5 very promising cord blood trials and their future benefits.

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Umbilical Cord Blood: A History of Clinical Use

Stem cell research has progressed at a rapid pace in the past few decades. Scientists have discovered that umbilical cord blood is a particularly rich source of stem cells and that cord blood can be used to treat many conditions. To give you an understanding of the capabilities of cord blood stem cells, this article will take a look at the history of cord blood and how it might be used in the future.

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New Cord Blood Transplant Technique Holds Promise for Blood Cancer Patients

Researchers in Singapore are about to test a new cord blood transplant technique which will help treat patients with certain forms of blood cancer.  The technique could lower the risk of infection after a transplant and increase the patient’s chances of survival.

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