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April

Coronavirus During Pregnancy and Cord Blood Banking
Apr 2020   Pregnant women are "at risk"  for severe symptoms from coronavirus and should take extra precautions. Cord Blood and Birth Tissues should not contain COVID-19. It is well established that respiratory viruses do not show up in the blood. A small number of babies may be born with coronavirus if mom is sick at the time of birth, but most newborns do not have it, and most of those that do recover quickly. If mom has had coronavirus and recovered, then her immunity will protect her newborn baby. Inside cord blood laboratories, it is business as usual. The challenges facing cord blood banks during a pandemic are the logistics of shipping samples and protecting their staff.
Actionable Genetic Tests
Apr 2020   Genetic screening and tests are "actionable" when they identify risks for conditions that can be prevented, treated, or managed more efficiently with early detection. Despite great advances in genetic testing, there are discrepancies between the scope and quality of testing available from different providers.

March

Maksim’s Cord Blood Therapy for Autism
Mar 2020   Maksim and his twin sister were born 7 years ago. Despite a normal birth, signs emerged that Maksim had autism: he could not speak and did not interact with people. His mother stayed home to educate the children and the family tried various experimental therapies, but nothing helped. Then, they learned of cord blood therapy for autism. Maksim has been treated with both his own cord blood and his sister’s cord blood. Since the cord blood therapy, Maksim has begun to speak, and is able to attend school. His mother feels a huge burden has been lifted.
Patenting Cord Blood therapy for Cerebral Palsy or Autism
Mar 2020   Duke University has filed for patents on the following stem cell therapies: the use of donor cord blood to treat cerebral palsy, the use of a child's own cord blood to treat autism, as well as the use of cord tissue MSC to treat autism. We explain how patents work in the field of stem cell therapy, and the potential implications of these patents for patient groups.

February

Emma's Story: Spina Bifida Surgery With Cord Blood
Feb 2020   Emma was diagnosed in utero with spina bifida, a birth defect where the spine is not fully closed around the spinal cord. She required surgery right after birth to repair her spine, and during this surgery she received an infusion of her cord blood.
"Tree of Life. Placenta", a painting by Ekaterina Abramova
Feb 2020   Many expectant parents research their options for their child's cord blood - whether to donate it, privately bank it, or have it discarded as medical waste - but what about the placenta? It, too, can be a valuable source of cells that parents should consider saving. (Image credit: painting by Ekaterina Abramova, prints available via Saatchi Art)

January

Perinatal Stem Cell Society 2020 Meetings
Jan 2020   The 2020 annual congress of the Perinatal Stem Cell Society is coming up March 4-6 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The topics covered in this meeting straddle the edge between what is proven in clinical trials, versus what is actually practiced in clinics, and some of the content may be considered controversial.
map percentage of births banking cord blood
Jan 2020   The % of births banking cord blood is defined as the number of units banked in the most recent year with data, divided by the number of births in the same year, and converted from a fraction to a percentage (multiply by 100). The family cord blood banking data in our map is based on interviews with cord blood bankers. This article summarizes data for 54 countries and territiories. All of the available data on banking % and births is displayed in an active map.

December

Gizelle
Dec 2019   Exclusive interview with Gizelle, adult survivor of childhood stem cell transplant. "I’ve received my miracle today. And I know not everyone will. Moms and dads, if you’re looking at storing your baby’s stem cells, that is the best that you can do for them, for your family. Life is precious. Protect it. And live it.”
Ilya - first CorD heart surgery patient
Dec 2019   Ilya was the first child to have open-heart surgery with his own cord blood in 2009. His mother says, “I only advise everyone I know to store umbilical cord blood to take care of the protection of children. Because I do not forget about my gratitude to the doctors of the cardiology center and specialists from HEMAFUND who helped save my son!”