What are newborn stem cellsThe term “cord blood” is used to describe the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and the placenta after the birth of a baby. The term “cord tissue” refers to the rest of the umbilical cord. The cord blood, cord tissue, and the placenta are all very rich sources of newborn stem cells. Most of the stem cells in cord blood are blood-forming or hematopoietic stem cells. Most of the stem cells in cord tissue and the placenta are mesenchymal stem cells.
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Benefits of cord blood banking and preserving newborn stem cellsTransplants of cord blood stem cells can cure over 80 diseases. Most of the diseases treated by stem cell transplants are rare among children. The exceptions are inherited blood disorders that are prevalent in certain populations, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia. In recent years trials with cord blood have showed promise for treating more common childhood conditions, such as cerebral palsy, autism, and others.
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How do I bank newborn stem cells Parents who wish to donate cord blood are limited by whether there is a public bank that collects donations from the hospital or clinic where their baby will be born. Search our list of public banks in your country. Parents who wish to store cord blood and/or cord tissue for their family can find and compare private banks in your country. Family banks usually offer payment plans or insurance policies to lower the cost of cord blood banking.
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Shai's StoryShai was a feisty little girl whose mother used her scientific background to search for the best approach to cure her cancer. Shai narrowly escaped death many times, including a recovery that even her doctors considered a miracle, yet she died at dawn on the day that she would have begun kindergarten. Her mother went on to found this website and charity in her memory. Read more...

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From start to finish, the cord blood collection process typically takes about 5 minutes
Jul 2017   ViaCord study finds that delayed cord clamping reduces both the volume and pre-processed TNC count of cord blood units collected in a family bank... more
Elham was cured of leukemia thanks to her sister's cord blood
Jul 2017   Elham, a 12-year-old girl from Iran, was cured of leukemia by her sister’s umbilical cord blood stem cells.
PrestigeTM Lyotechnology from Osiris stores viable cells and tissues at ambient temperature
Jul 2017   PrestigeTM Lyotechnology from Osiris is a technique that keeps cells and tissues alive while allowing for long-term storage at ambient temperatures.