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May 2022 StemCellCare is an insurance policy that pays parents a lump sum in the event that they need to use their baby's cord blood for the child that banked or a full sibling of that child. StemCellCare is only available through partner cord blood banks. The partner banks can either purchase group cover for their customers or offer access to StemCellCare insurance on a voluntary basis.
May 2022 In pursuit of cell therapy for their children, more parents are traveling to Mexico. Regenerative medicine treatments are legal in Mexico, but not all providers are following the existing laws. When evaluating "stem cell" clinics in Mexico, parents should look carefully at things like their licensing, where they get their cells, will you be treated by a medical doctor, is the procedure performed in a medical facility?
Apr 2022 One of the variations between different MSC therapeutics is hemocompatibility: the risk that a high dose MSC infusion will trigger a blood clot. There is increasing risk of thromboembolism with MSC infusions as the MSC source goes from bone marrow, to perinatal tissue, to adipose tissue. Research shows that the risk can be quantified by testing the MSCs for their expression of procoagulant tissue factor (TF/CD142). It is also important to raise awareness of this risk factor so that both patients and their caregivers will recognize the symptoms of thromboembolism and seek appropriate medical care.
Mar 2022 As of 11 March 2022, cord blood stored in Ukraine is safe and the banks have enough liquid nitrogen for another two months.
Mar 2022 Stoke is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. In this case report from StemCyte, a stroke patient recovered after an infusion of matched cord blood on the 8th day after the stroke. The patient had been paralyzed on one side of his body, but he made a complete recovery and returned to independent living.
Mar 2022 A woman in New York was cured of HIV after receiving a transplant of cord blood that carried a genetic mutation for resistance to HIV. This is a medical breakthrough, but only those patients that have both HIV plus a blood cancer like leukemia or lymphoma will be candidates for this promising therapy.
Feb 2022 Brodie was one of the first children in Australia to receive sibling cord blood as treatment for cerebral palsy. After receiving an infusion of cord blood cells from his baby sister Zoey, Brodie showed notable improvements in his motor skills.
Feb 2022 Many cord blood banks have charitable programs that offer free or discounted cord blood banking to families that have a medical condition which is eligible for therapy with cord blood. Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood has a web page that summarizes help for families in need.
Jan 2022 Lisa Maxson celebrated the 10th anniversary of her double cord blood transplant in Dec. 2021. She is alive today thanks to two mothers who decided to donate the umbilical cord blood of their babies. Lisa feels it is time to pay forward the gift of life that she has received, by advocating and volunteering for other patients like herself.
Jan 2022 During the Coronavirus pandemic, Iran has been the #3 country in the world in numbers of clinical trials to treat COVID-19 with cell therapy. Iran is home to a a thriving community of academic research on stem cells, as well as the mixed public and private cord blood bank Royan Stem Cell Technology. Royan fulfills public health needs in Iran by providing stem cells for transplant patients, especially families that have a child with Thalassemia and need to store cord blood for a sibling transplant.