CORD BLOOD STEM CELLS
Cord blood stem cells are a source of adult stem cells in widespread use to treat disease, particularly among children. They are also being researched for their potential to aid regenerative repair in the treatment of cerebral palsy, brain injury and juvenile diabetes, among others.
Cord blood is the blood that remains in your newborn’s umbilical cord and placenta after birth. Like bone marrow, it is an invaluable source of stem cells that can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. Cord blood banking allows families to save these stem cells for potential future medical use by freezing them for long-term preservation. If not saved, they are discarded at the hospital.
Cord blood stem cells are biologically younger than other adult stem cells and have unique properties related to their relative youth. Freezing them “stops the clock” and protects them from environmental damage, age, and common viruses that will impact the stem cells in our bodies over time.
Cord Blood Stem Cells can be used to treat:
- Sickle cell disease
- Enzyme deficiencies
- Heart defects in infants
Type 1 Diabetes
- Current estimates indicate that approximately 1 in 3 Americans could benefit from regenerative medicine, and children whose cord blood stem cells are available for their own potential use could be among the first to benefit from new therapies as they become available.
Researchers are exploring the use of cord blood stem cells in the following regenerative medicine applications:
- Cord blood stem cells have shown the ability to selectively migrate to injured cardiac tissue, improve vascular function and blood flow at the site of injury, and improve overall heart function.