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Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Among americans, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death. Today, one in three adults over the age of 65 will die from Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have the disease. Without significant medical breakthroughs, the disease could affect as many as 16 million people by… Read More »November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

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Expanded Umbilical Cord Blood Could Support Bone Marrow Transplants

Expanded Umbilical Cord Blood Could Support Bone Marrow Transplants Researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute recently reported results from a clinical trial of ex vivo expanded umbilical cord blood (UCB). The researchers tested expanded UCB use on high-risk patients with a history of blood cancers. Study patients did not have access to a matched, related or unrelated adult bone marrow… Read More »Expanded Umbilical Cord Blood Could Support Bone Marrow Transplants

Blood Expansion Technique Could Help Improve Transplant Success

New research puts a spotlight on the prospect of blood cancer patient treatment using the NiCord® cord blood expansion technique. The procedure involves culturing and growing cells from a single unit of cord blood in the laboratory in order to generate more beneficial stem cells. If the current clinical trial proves successful, it may lead to further exploration of the… Read More »Blood Expansion Technique Could Help Improve Transplant Success

Search Stem Cell Clinical Trials

If you are actively searching for Stem Cell Clinical Trials that are currently accepting patients, we now have a searchable database available! Thanks to the Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation, anyone can easily navigate the complex world of open clinical stem cell trials. See how cord blood is saving lives in the areas of:   Use the drop-down list… Read More »Search Stem Cell Clinical Trials

Cord Blood Transplants Reduce Complications

Cord Blood Transplants Reduce Complications

A new study offers significant evidence that umbilical cord blood transplants reduce complications after transplant, the need for immunosuppression and the incidence of infections and hospitalizations in leukemia patients. A University of Colorado Cancer Center study released in July 2016 compared outcomes of leukemia patients who had received bone marrow transplants from matched, unrelated donors to those who had received… Read More »Cord Blood Transplants Reduce Complications

April is Autism Awareness Month: Healthy Practices During Pregnancy

autism pregnancy healthApril is Autism Awareness Month, and organizations around the world will continue to spotlight awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout the month.

ASD is a set of complex, brain-based disorders that affect a person’s behavior as well as social and communication skills. According to Autism Speaks, “ASD affects over 3 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years.” Autism is found more often in boys than girls, and affects all racial, ethnic, and social groups.

Clinical trials are currently underway for the use of umbilical cord stem cells to treat Autism. While there is no definitive list of what factors do or do not cause autism, many studies have been done to decipher specific genetic or environmental factors. Regardless of those findings, it is worth considering a few changes that may result in better health for both mom and baby. Read More »April is Autism Awareness Month: Healthy Practices During Pregnancy

Update from Stem Cell Awareness Day

On October 14, 2015, the global scientific community recognized Stem Cell Awareness Day. A primary goal of the day was to foster greater understanding about stem cell research and the incredible strides that have helped millions of people around the world. Encouraging Discussions In addition to stimulating family discussions about umbilical cord blood stem cells, we hope this day each… Read More »Update from Stem Cell Awareness Day

Video: FDA Study Uses Umbilical Cord Blood in New Treatments

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