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World cord blood inventory 2012

At the 2013 ISCT meeting, Dr. Verter presented a world inventory of cord blood storage: there are about 600 thousand cord blood donations in public banks and 2.5 million collections in family banks. Read the report. more...

World's first trial to prevent diabetes with cord blood

Researchers from Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Australia, have launched a ground-breaking study that will try to prevent Type 1 Diabetes in high-risk children by giving them a reinfusion of their own umbilical cord blood. The lead investigator Dr. Maria Craig explains the concepts behind the trial in our January Newsletter.

Dr. Jennifer Arnold of TLC's The Little Couple talks cord blood education

Neonatologist Dr. Jennifer Arnold of TLC's 'The Little Couple' has a PSA on YouTube promoting education about cord blood banking and endorsing the Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation. more...

Cord Blood for Cerebral Palsy: 1st controlled trial publication

A group led by Dr.  MinYoung Kim at CHA Bundang Medical Center in South Korea is the first to publish results of a placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial on the efficacy of cord blood stem cells for the treatment of cerebral palsy. more...

After the Nobel Prize, who needs cord blood?

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine has been awarded for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to act like stem cells. But these "iPS" cells are expensive and prone to genetic mutations... so they are not replacing stem cells from the umbilical cord anytime soon, if ever. more...

Why is cord blood banking so expensive?

Cord blood banking is not a commodity, it is a medical service. Dr. Dennis Todd, head of Community Blood Services, explains all the steps that a cord blood donation must go through before it is safely stored so that it may one day be the match to save a life. more...

Can cord blood alleviate Autism?

The FDA has approved the first ever clinical trial that gives children infusions of their own cord blood stem cells as therapy for autism, a spectrum of disorders that affects 1 in 88 children.

Family Cord Blood Banking Act

The Family Cord Blood Banking Act aims to make stem cell storage more accessible to the average American.  Bill HR 1614 is currently in the House of Representatives, where it has the bipartisan support of 37 members of Congress. more...

GAO report on National Cord Blood Inventory

As a condition of their renewed funding for public cord blood banking, Congress required the U.S. Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the economic viability of the national cord blood program.

27 US States have Cord Blood Education Laws

The 27 states with cord blood education bills cover 81% of US births. Among them, 23 states require education about all forms of cord blood storage, whereas 4 only require education about donation. Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation has been adopted as an educational resource by the Dept. of Health in 5 states: FL, OH, MO, ND, and VA. more...

National Cord Blood Program

In the final days of 2005, the U.S. Congress unanimously passed legislation to create a National Cord Blood Program to fund public banks accepting donations for transplants.  The official title of the program is the "C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program". more...

Institute of Medicine report on cord blood

The Institute of Medicine (IoM) is a division of the National Academy of Sciences; they were commissioned by the U.S. Congress to conduct a study on the ideal structure of a national cord blood program. more...

First transplant of privately banked cord blood

During the year 1998, a girl in Brazil received the first transplant of privately banked cord blood. She was also the first child to use her own cord blood.

Pediatric leukemia dates back to birth

Children who developed acute leukemia within the first few years of life had cancerous cells in their newborn blood. more...

First private cord blood bank

The year was 1992, and David T. Harris, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology at the U. of Arizona, banked the stem cells from the cord blood of his newborn son Alexandre.  Twenty years later, Alexandre talks on YouTube about his interests in genetics and developmental biology. more...

First public cord blood bank & unrelated transplants from the bank

In 1992 the NY Blood Center (NYBC) established the world's first public bank of cord blood donations. The very first cord blood transplants from an unrelated donor was performed in 1993.

First cord blood transplant

The very first cord blood transplant saved the life of Matthew Farrow by giving him stem cells from the cord blood of his newborn baby sister. more...

Cord blood transplant proof of concept

Research shows that umbilical cord blood can be transplanted instead of bone marrow to reconstitute the human immune system.

National Organ Transplant Act

The National Organ Transplant Act was passed by the U.S. Congress to mandate the fair distribution of donated organs in the United States. more...

First bone marrow transplant

E. Donnall Thomas M.D. won the Nobel Prize in 1990 for his 1969 pioneering work on bone marrow transplantation. more...

First cancer treatment with cord blood

Drs. Milton Ende and Norman Ende performed pioneering clinical experiments with cord blood.

Bone marrow transplant proof of concept

In the 1950's, medical research showed that bone marrow transplants can save animals exposed to lethal doses of radiation. more...

First US nurse-midwife school founded

The teaching of Nurse-Midwifery was introduced to the US by Mary Breckinridge (1881-1965), who founded the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in 1939 which is in operation to this day. more...