If you have visited your OB/GYN doctor in recent years, you may have seen brochures or other literature advertising umbilical cord blood banks. If you’re pregnant, you are probably getting bombarded by these marketing materials. Cord blood banks advertise in email newsletters, maternity stores, and pregnancy magazines. Even worse, most of the marketing looks nearly identical from one company to… Read More »The Difference Between Family Cord Blood Banks and Corporate Banks
Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, Chief Scientific Officer, Robertson Clinical and Translational Cell Therapy Program at Duke University, has been practicing regenerative medicine through the use of umbilical cord stem cells. These FDA-approved clinical trials could improve the lives of many, including children with brain injuries. One of Dr. Kurtzberg’s patients is Grace Matthews. During a routine 20 week ultrasound, it was… Read More »Video: FDA Study Uses Umbilical Cord Blood in New Treatments
Summer is a great time to be pregnant (no, we’re not joking!). With long days and warmer weather, now is a perfect time to get out of the house, break free from the gym, and enjoy healthy activities. If you were physically active before your pregnancy, you should be able to continue your activity with modifications as necessary. With your… Read More »The Best Summer Exercises for Pregnancy
Cord blood stem cells have been used for more than twenty years as a powerful medical resource in fighting devastating chronic and acute diseases. Ongoing clinical trials provide hope that these stem cells will one day change the lives of many more people. Diabetes research is one such area of particular interest. About Diabetes According to the Diabetes Research Institute,… Read More »Clinical Trial: Cord Blood to Treat Diabetes
At every doctor’s appointment, there seems to be a new, big decision to be made. When those appointments start coming every two weeks instead of every month, you may feel like you’re constantly facing potentially life-altering choices. Should I undergo early stage pregnancy screenings? What is my ideal birth plan? Will I breastfeed or bottle feed? Who will I choose… Read More »Should I bank cord blood?
The diagnosis of childhood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndromes, tumors, and related cancers can be devastating to the entire family. Life changes for the child and everyone around them. It is an emotional roller coaster with many practical considerations as well. Meanwhile, parents struggle to seek effective treatments with the least possible impact on the child they love.… Read More »Treating Childhood Cancer with Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
Clinical trials with cord blood stem cells are being conducted for a number of disorders. Already, stem cells are being used to treat more than 80 different diseases. Over the past year, researchers at Duke University in Durham, NC have been studying the use of autologous (using patient’s own cells) umbilical cord blood infusions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.… Read More »Clinical Trial: Cord Blood Stem Cells to Treat Autism?
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion designates specific National Health Observances (NHO) dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics. Towards this goal, July has been declared “Cord Blood Awareness Month.” Although people benefit from cord blood banking every day, this NHO provides a special opportunity to highlight the significant contributions made through stem cell research, trials, and… Read More »July Is Cord Blood Awareness Month: What We Know in 2015
Summer can be the best of times and the worst of times for mommies-to-be. Often, the added glow of the summer sun also heats up common pregnancy complaints. While it’s an ideal time to get out and enjoy those last carefree moments, your swollen ankles may not agree! Here are five tips to make the most out of your summer… Read More »Pregnant This Summer? 5 Tips for Relief & Relaxation
The Opportunity Umbilical cord blood banking is currently being used in the treatment of many diseases and disorders and is undergoing clinical studies for numerous others. For those who missed the opportunity to bank cord blood or cord tissue when their baby was born, there may still be some potential options. One emerging area is the use of dental pulp… Read More »Did You Know That You Have Stem Cells in Your Teeth?