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November

Duke Expanded Access Program
Nov 2021   We have put together a Parent's Guide to the Duke Expanded Access Program. This program offers compassionate access to cord blood cell therapy for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Many aspects of this program are not clear to parents, and have been misrepresented by critics. The heart of this article is a table listing all of Duke's relevant cord blood clinical trials and their outcomes. 
World Cord Blood Day 2021: Why choosing a FACT-accredited cord blood bank matters
Nov 2021   The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) is an inspiring partner of World Cord Blood Day 2021. FACT invites you to view a four-episode series of videos on why choosing a FACT-accredited cord blood bank is important when donating or storing your child’s cord blood stem cells.

October

Cord Blood Banking Affordability in the USA
Oct 2021   The top family cord blood banks in the United States have slashed their prices, making cord blood storage more affordable for more families.
Cord Blood Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
Oct 2021   Cell therapies are being used to treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS). A new clinical trial tests the cord blood product DUOC-01 as a treatment for primary progressive MS. Meanwhile, autologous stem cell transplants (HSCT) are now a standard of care for some patients with relapsing remitting MS.

September

image credit: IVF London
Sep 2021   Cord blood banking is especially important for babies conceived with assisted reproductive technologies, such as egg or sperm (gamete) donors.
Sustainability of public cord blood banks and challenges of biotherapy applications
Sep 2021   Public cord blood banks may become sources of raw material for biotherapies. But first, challenges must be overcome. The immune cells in cord blood are very different from the immune system of an adult, and we must find out if this can be used to advantage. A technical challenge is that residual red blood cells must be thoroughly removed from cryopreserved cord blood before it can be used as a source for T-cell therapies.

August

AABB 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting
Aug 2021   Registration is now open for the AABB 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, to be held Oct. 17-19. AABB will host this event on a new state-of-the-art virtual platform, with enhanced opportunities for attendees to connect with one another.  AABB will offer Spanish sub-titles for the majority of sessions. This year's meeting will feature more sessions on education for early career members and more sessions on biotherapies.
Restoring Women’s Fertility with Birth Tissues
Aug 2021   From 2011 to 2020 there were 112 clinical trials registered worldwide that employed cell therapy to restore fertility. The largest category was 49 trials to regenerate the uterine lining of infertile women. The most popular sources of cells for these trials was birth tissues such as the umbilical cord, placenta, and amnion. Multiple studies reported that infertile women that had failed conventional treatments succeeded in becoming pregnant after cell therapy.
Eating Your Placenta (as tacos). Image Credit: Getty
Aug 2021   Eating your placenta is called Placentophagy. Most mammals eat their placenta, yet in ancient cultures human mothers did not eat their placenta. In recent years that has changed, with celebrity influencers popularizing the practice.

July

ViaCord Launches Newborn Digestive Health Screen
Jul 2021   This month ViaCord announces their Newborn Digestive Health screen, a genetic test for markers of Celiac disease and lactose intolerance that can be performed with a tiny amount of cord blood. Digestive disorders are among the most common issues faced by parents of babies and toddlers. With the Newborn Digestive Health screen, one test gives parents accurate knowledge of whether their baby is at risk for these digestive disorders.