Health Insurance, Taxes and Cord Blood Banking

Health Insurance, Taxes and Cord Blood Banking

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 1/9/2017 9:31:05 AM

Many expectant parents wonder if cord blood banking is covered by their health insurance or can be deducted from their taxes as a medical expense. There are, in fact, times when cord blood banking is considered an eligible medical expense covered by a family's HSA, FSA, HRA or health insurance plan and can qualify as a tax deduction. Let’s explore.


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Trial Using Cord Blood to Treat Strokes Recruiting Soon

Trial Using Cord Blood to Treat Strokes Recruiting Soon

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 1/3/2017 10:04:13 AM
A Duke University Medical Center phase two study will be looking for 100 adults who recently suffered a stroke to test the efficacy of cord blood infusions as a treatment. Participants will then be followed for one year to determine the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

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Now We're Talking: Videos Show Promise for Treating Autism with Cord Blood

Now We're Talking: Videos Show Promise for Treating Autism with Cord Blood

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 11/28/2016 11:01:59 AM
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center are bringing new hope to the treatment of autism. They recently concluded a preliminary clinical trial with 25 autistic children ages two through six who were infused with their own cord blood and followed for a year. The results are exciting, enabling them to move to a full-blown phase two study. If the results follow what they have been seeing so far, it will spawn a better, new way to treat autism.

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Watch: Big Steps with Cerebral Palsy & Cord Blood

Watch: Big Steps with Cerebral Palsy & Cord Blood

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 11/21/2016 9:45:08 AM
One of our favorite cord blood researchers is once again making headway. Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg and a team of researches at Duke University Medical Center are testing the ability for cord blood stem cells to help the brain heal after injury. The accompanying video shows how much of an impact cord blood could have on the treatment of cerebral palsy.

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Exciting advancements in Stem Cell treatments for Sickle Cell Anemia

Exciting advancements in Stem Cell treatments for Sickle Cell Anemia

  • By Oleg Mikulinsky
  • Posted 9/8/2016 3:09:56 PM
The use of hematopoietic stem cells in treatment for children with Sickle Cell Anemia has been proven successful from sibling or matched donor transplants in children. Eemerging research is showing promise for groundbreaking treatments that are sure to broaden the uses of stem cells. 
 

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Dying Pregnant Mom Saved By Baby’s Cord Blood

Dying Pregnant Mom Saved By Baby’s Cord Blood

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 8/29/2016 9:33:06 AM
You can imagine the elation Patricia and Lou felt when they learned they would be having a child. Unfortunately, that feeling of excitement turned into apprehension when a routine blood test at the five-month mark found Patricia had an aggressive form of leukemia. “I was so excited to be a mother, and at the same time, all I could think about was, Will she have a mother?” said Patricia.

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Pregnant Mom's Guide to the Zika Virus Risk & Cord Blood Banking

Pregnant Mom's Guide to the Zika Virus Risk & Cord Blood Banking

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 8/26/2016 1:13:29 PM
The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending that women who are pregnant in any trimester should talk to their physicians and consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is active. So if you’re pregnant, how worried should you be about Zika? And how will it affect your plans for cord blood banking?
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Blood Transfusion Study: Cord Blood Better than Bone Marrow

Blood Transfusion Study: Cord Blood Better than Bone Marrow

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 8/2/2016 1:49:45 PM
Researchers report the rate of rejection, infection and hospitalization are lower among leukemia patients receiving cord blood than those receiving matched, unrelated bone marrow. The study's results may lead doctors to lean towards cord blood as a transplant option over bone marrow when deciding what’s best for their patients.

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A Bond Created Through Umbilical Cord Blood

A Bond Created Through Umbilical Cord Blood

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 6/15/2016 3:25:00 PM
Back in 2010, Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, a Duke University professor and physician, saved the life of an Israeli girl stricken with cancer. Her battle with the disease was closely watched by the whole country. Six years later, this past month, the cord blood stem cell physician and the 13-year-old reunited in Israel, when Dr. Kurtzberg came to evaluate children with cerebral palsy for a new study using umbilical cord blood stem cells. "I am glad to see science is able to provide solutions for cases which used to be regarded as hopeless," says Dr. Kurtzberg. "I only hope that those who continue throwing umbilical cord blood into the garbage will realize that it's a treasure."

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For One Mom, Storing Her Baby's Cord Blood Was a No-Brainer

For One Mom, Storing Her Baby's Cord Blood Was a No-Brainer

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 5/26/2016 1:44:36 PM
One morning, I got into a conversation with a mom I met in an OBGYN’s office in Clearwater, Florida. She was with her daughter who looked to me to be about 7. She seemed ‘clued in’ to who I was from the start, and when I asked her, “Have you considered cord blood banking for your baby?” The mom confided in me that her daughter with her at the appointment had recovered from leukemia as a result of a cord blood transplant.

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