From the Mouths of Healthcare Providers: Cord Blood Banking

From the Mouths of Healthcare Providers: Cord Blood Banking

As we stand on the precipice of a more virtual and socially-distanced future, we want to ensure that expectant parents feel connected with cord blood banking. July marks Cord Blood Awareness Month, a month to recognize the significance of cord blood stem cells and the potential life-saving capability these cells possess. Our team at Cryo-Cell, and our partnering healthcare providers abroad, are committed to helping parents understand the possibilities that lie within umbilical stem cell preservation.


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Cord Blood Awareness Month: The Future of Umbilical Stem Cell Banking

Cord Blood Awareness Month: The Future of Umbilical Stem Cell Banking

Since its establishment of the first private cord blood bank in the United States, Cryo-Cell has long been a leader in the industry of umbilical stem cell preservation. More than thirty years later, our mission remains the same: to provide our clients with the premier cord blood and cord tissue cryopreservation service and to aid in the advancement of regenerative medicine. As we celebrate this month, we wanted to share the exciting news of a partnership with Duke University Medical Center and its impact on our families.


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What to Consider When Looking for Newborn Genetic Testing

What to Consider When Looking for Newborn Genetic Testing

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly four million babies are born in the United States each year. It is reported that 98% of these children born are tested within the first few days of life for more than 30 types of medical conditions. Newborn genetic screening (NBS) is mandated by state, and therefore each state’s screening requirements are different. Along with the existence of newborn genetic testing has come ethical and legal concerns raised regarding the logistics and rationale for testing.


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What Are the Most Recent Clinical Trials Using Mesenchymal Stem Cells?

What Are the Most Recent Clinical Trials Using Mesenchymal Stem Cells?

Besides mesenchymal stem cells being explored in the fight against pneumonia induced by COVID-19, there are numerous other current applications of MSCs in clinical trials. Mesenchymal stem cells are a choice candidate in studies targeting degenerative conditions for their ability to restore skeletal tissue and to differentiate into other cell types. Let’s take a brief look at the most current applications of mesenchymal stem cells being used in clinical trials.


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How Are Coronavirus, Pregnancy, & Cord Blood Banking Linked?

How Are Coronavirus, Pregnancy, & Cord Blood Banking Linked?

With the sudden outbreak of coronavirus, pregnant women have become concerned about how COVID-19 will affect them. As the race to find a fast and effective treatment option continues, many are seeking a solution in cellular therapy. Research in the clinical trial setting is pointing to the fact that the mesenchymal stem cells found in cord tissue may be used to treat patients infected with the virus. With this possibility, the decision to preserve umbilical stem cells becomes even more critical as cellular therapies begin to emerge for various conditions.
 


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Is There Potential for Cord Blood NK Cells to Treat Cancer and Coronavirus?

Is There Potential for Cord Blood NK Cells to Treat Cancer and Coronavirus?

Among the different types of stem cells that cord blood contains, natural killer (NK) cells exhibit unique properties capable of targeting cancer cells and virus-infected cells. With the sudden outbreak of viruses such as COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, there becomes an even greater need to seek “off-the-shelf” treatments that are quickly accessible to patients. Clinical studies are looking at umbilical cord stem cells as a possible method of treatment.


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Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Research: A Decade in Retrospect

Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Research: A Decade in Retrospect

In the spirit of retrospection, as we have entered a new decade, we wanted to pay homage to the advancements this past decade has seen in regards to cord blood and cord tissue research. The past ten years have yielded a tremendous amount of research in what is possible in the way of regenerative treatments in several conditions that were otherwise thought of as untreatable through the use of umbilical cord blood and cord tissue stem cells.


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Cord Blood Saved My Son's Life: A Mother's Perspective

Cord Blood Saved My Son's Life: A Mother's Perspective

Mary Webb was joined by her children, Quentin (16) and Jory (11), to speak at Cryo-Cell's Cord Blood Educator Conference this year. At the age of four, Quentin was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Quentin is one of the 3,000 children diagnosed with ALL each year in the United States. She shared her impactful story of dealing with her son’s cancer diagnosis and how, now, she is a strong proponent of umbilical cord stem cells. 


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2019 World Cord Blood Day Highlights

2019 World Cord Blood Day Highlights

November 15th was World Cord Blood Day (WCBD), a day organized and hosted by Save the Cord Foundation to promote awareness and education on the topic of cord blood. The day’s presentations centered around sharing new research advancements and the incredible life-saving potential of cord blood stem cells. Don’t fret if you missed the events of the day-- we’re here to provide you with the highlights from the keynote researchers!


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An Impactful Message from Dr. Kurtzberg: Cord Blood Transplant Stories

An Impactful Message from Dr. Kurtzberg: Cord Blood Transplant Stories

This past October, Cryo-Cell’s passionate team of cord blood educators met with Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, from Duke University Medical Center, to hear about the latest developments in clinical trials using cord blood and cord tissue. Her presentation was centered around recent advancements in stem cell expansion, her work in recent clinical trials, and she also shared successful umbilical cord transplant stories of former patients.


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