Are you looking forward to the addition of a little bundle of joy into your lives? We understand the millions of emotions and worries you must be going through at this time. As expecting parents, you must be in the dilemma of whether or not to preserve your child’s umbilical cord blood for its invaluable regenerative stem cells. But, would you believe us if we tell you that the stem cells in umbilical cord blood can protect your child and family. Stunned?
This blog will unfold the mysteries of how regenerative stem cells can protect you and your baby from numerous life-threatening diseases. Read on to learn more.
A few years back, 97% of cord blood was thrown out as medical waste.1 But, in the past 10 years, scientists have recognised the potential of umbilical cord blood for regenerative and therapeutic uses to guard your baby from over 80 deadly diseases.2
It is interesting to note that the US FDA approves the use of cord blood for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation procedures that treat diseases like blood disorders, blood cancers, immune deficiency conditions, and metabolic disorders 3. This is why many parents are making a conscious decision to preserve this ‘holy grail’ of life after delivery. Let us now understand what regenerative stem cells are.
Stem cells are the specialized cells found throughout the body that can potentially grow and differentiate into other specialized cells. 2 There are various kinds of regenerative stem cells including: embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, fetal stem cells and umbilical cord stem cells. 2
This blog focuses on the potential use of umbilical cord blood stem cells. These stem cells are retrieved from the umbilical cord blood of a newborn 4 and contain hematopoietic stem cells, which can differentiate into all types of blood cells. Given the unique and self-renewing ability of cord blood stem cells, they are used in numerous therapeutic treatments for many critical diseases and the following is a list of the same. 5
|Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
|Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
|Agnogenic Myeloid Metaplasia
|Bare Lymphocyte Syndrome
|Acute Biphenotypic Leukemia
|Congenital Dyserythropoietic Anaemia
|Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Acute Undifferentiated Leukemia
|Congenital Amegakaryocytosis Thrombocytopenia
|Chronic Granulomatous Disease
|Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
|Common Variable Immunodeficiency
|Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
|Beta Thalassemia Major
|Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia
|Diamond Blackfan Anaemia
|Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia
|Infantile Genetic Agranulocytosis (Kostmann Syndrome)
|Plasma Cell Leukemia
|Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
|Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency
|Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria
|Lymphoproliferative Disorders-X linked
|Pure Red Cell Aplasia
|Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts
|Neutrophil Actin Deficiency
|Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts In Transformation
|Refractory Anemia with Ringed Sideroblast
|Sickle Cell Disease
|SCID with absence of normal B cells and T-cells
|SCID with absence of T and B cells
Given its infinite potential, stem cells continue to spark curiosity and hope in the scientific and healthcare community. You’ll be surprised to discover the statistics and the possibilities of regenerative stem cells in therapeutic medicines. Let us have a look at them here.
Regenerative stem cells offer huge potential in understanding the mechanisms of human development, and hold great promise to treat a wide range of deadly diseases. Therefore, collecting the precious cord blood stem cells at the time of birth is more important than you may think. Are you an expectant parent looking out for a stem cell banking solution? LifeCell is here to help you.
At LifeCell, we understand that the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of collecting and banking your newborn’s cord blood regenerative stem cells cannot be wasted. Did you know that while stem cells have the potential to treat over 90 diseases and blood disorders, less than 10% of these conditions can be effectively treated with one's own stem cells? The remaining >90% of these conditions require stem cells from a matching donor. Thus, abridging this gap, LifeCell provides a seamless stem cell banking opportunity combining the benefits of both public and private banking models- ‘The Community Stem Cell Banking’.
This unique program offers cord blood storage at an affordable annual fee, and adds the baby's stem cells to a shared pool accessible not only to the baby but also to their parents, siblings, and grandparents on both sides of the family. With a vast inventory of over 60,000 certified cord blood units, LifeCell community banking provides a greater than 97% likelihood of locating an HLA-matched cord blood unit for patients in need.
Additionally, their Pentastarch technology allows for higher stem cell recovery and removes 99% of red blood cells, saving costs and reducing recovery time. 12 Overall, LifeCell's community stem cell banking program is a comprehensive solution for families to protect themselves against a wide range of diseases and disorders.
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