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 2019-nCoV, otherwise known as coronavirus, there becomes an even greater need to seek “off-the-shelf” treatments that are quickly accessible to patients.


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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). 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 the research and incredible life-saving potential of cord blood stem cells. Several great speakers virtually tuned in to provide the general public with exciting new research advancements and inspiring stories from cord blood transplant families. 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, and she also shared successful transplant stories of former patients.


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What is the Newborn Apgar Test?

What is the Newborn Apgar Test?

The Apgar test is used by obstetricians and midwives as a way to capture a brief glance into a newborn’s general health in intervals of one minute, five minutes, and ten minutes after birth to determine if immediate medical intervention is needed. We help you understand what the Apgar score means and how umbilical cord stem cells could play a role in the equation.
 


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ISCT Speaks Out: Are Third-Party T-Cell Blood Banks Ethical?

ISCT Speaks Out: Are Third-Party T-Cell Blood Banks Ethical?

Recently, there has been a proliferation of start-up companies to cryogenically preserve the blood of adults for future use. These companies have come under recent scrutiny after the International Society of Cell & Gene Therapy (ISCT) issued a consumer alert. What did the ISCT determine? In a nutshell, storing adult stem cells for future use is unwise. We support the ruling of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and ISCT’s stance. Let’s address the what, how, and why.


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Can Cord Blood Stem Cells Help with HLHS?

Can Cord Blood Stem Cells Help with HLHS?

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a type of congenital heart disease which affects 1 to 3 of every 10,000 children. Treatment for this condition consists of three rounds of surgery. However, clinical trials in regenerative medicine are being explored for alternative forms of treatment that are less invasive. The answer may lie in cord blood stem cells.


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Top 5 (Not So Known) Questions About Cord Blood Banking

Top 5 (Not So Known) Questions About Cord Blood Banking

When it comes to parenthood, expecting parents have many questions and concerns as to what is best for their little one. Cord blood banking should be an aspect of consideration. Many understand the importance of umbilical cord stem cells and the potential these cells hold, but may still have some reservations about cord blood banking. We are here to answer the top five, lesser-known, questions about cord blood banking to help you make an informed decision.


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The Future of Public Cord Blood Banking

The Future of Public Cord Blood Banking

Public cord blood banks are facing some unique challenges with sustainability, donor diversity, and financial woes, which are forcing many public cord blood banks to shut down their facilities. With looming problems ahead, some people question the long-term future of the public banking sector. Let’s take a look at some of the issues that plague the public banking system and outline the unique benefits of private cord blood banking.
 


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