What is Cord Tissue?

Cord Tissue Banking

Cord Tissue Banking

Umbilical cord tissue contains a different type of stem cell called mesenchymal stem cells. These cord tissue stem cells can easily expand in number, and can change into a large assortment of cell types. In the future they could be used to create or repair bone, skin, fat, cartilage, muscle, and even neurons. 

Studies continue to open promising doors for cord tissue stem cells. In the following section, learn more about the wide range of potential cord tissue stem cells have in future medical therapies. 

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Type 1 diabetes

Researchers have created working insulin producing cells from stem cells, with more research underway. This brings hope for patients suffering from Type 1 Diabetes.

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Neurological

With their ability to change into neurons, mesenchymal stem cells are being researched as an option in addressing conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

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Multiple Sclerosis

Along with cord blood stem cells, cord tissue stem cells have been researched as possible treatment options for Multiple Sclerosis

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Stroke

Researchers are looking to mesenchymal stem cells as a possible way to address damage caused from ischemic stroke.

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Cardiovascular

Mesenychymal cells have been investigated as a way to repair damaged tissue that results from a heart attack. 

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Sports Injuries

With their ability to form connective tissue like cartilage and tendons, mesenchymal cells are poised to play a big part in therapy for sports injuries.

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Spinal Cord Injury

Mesenchymal stem cells have shown great promise as a possible treatment option for spinal cord injury. 

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Although the stem cells harvested from the cord tissue are not currently approved for use by the FDA, they are being evaluated in dozens of clinical studies throughout the world.  These studies are investigating future treatments for cancer, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, heart disease, strokes, and many other conditions.  Scientists are very optimistic that new cutting edge therapies will result from this research. Benefits of banking the cord tissue, while prevalent now, will be overwhelmingly prominent in the future with more treatments and trials coming every day.