It’s Not Just Stem Cells That Are Valuable in Cord Blood: Let's Look at Cord Blood NK Cells

It’s Not Just Stem Cells That Are Valuable in Cord Blood: Let's Look at Cord Blood NK Cells

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 7/18/2017 2:42:24 PM

While we may focus on stem cells quite a lot, other parts of cord blood are showing promise for the treatment of disease. With the ease of collecting and cryo-preserving cord blood natural killer cells, they could be used in the future to greatly enhance the treatment of tumors and cancers.


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Where Do You Find Stem Cells, and Why Does That Matter?

Where Do You Find Stem Cells, and Why Does That Matter?

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 7/3/2017 11:04:38 AM

The term stem cell may conjure up some rare type of cell that can only be found in very specific locations. The opposite is really true. Stem cells are pretty ubiquitous; however, this doesn't mean they can easily be harvested for transplantation and regenerative medicine. It’s the volume and the age of stem cells that are the main driving factors in if they can be collected for regenerative medicine.


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CPD vs. Heparin: Cord Blood Collection Bag Anti-Coagulants Explained

CPD vs. Heparin: Cord Blood Collection Bag Anti-Coagulants Explained

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 6/1/2017 2:41:21 PM

Blood banks including cord blood banks use anti-coagulants in their collection bags to combat the coagulation of blood and supply the cells inside with nourishment. While there are a number of different anti-coagulants available, most cord blood banks use one of two: CPD or heparin. Let's look at how they compare.


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Beyond Stem Cells, Hope in What Else You're Banking: Cord Blood Tregs

Beyond Stem Cells, Hope in What Else You're Banking: Cord Blood Tregs

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 5/9/2017 4:13:55 PM

You'll hear a lot about stem cells when learning about cord blood banking, but you may also come across the term Tregs, too. While a Treg may not be able to do all the things that a cord blood stem cell can do, it does offer distinct opportunities in regenerative medicine. Just like cord blood stem cells, Tregs are found in the umbilical cord after birth and are part of what is preserved when cord blood banking. Let's take a look at these cells.


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Video: Cord Blood Helps Treat Chloe Levine's Cerebral Palsy

Video: Cord Blood Helps Treat Chloe Levine's Cerebral Palsy

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 4/27/2017 7:00:32 AM

Watch this story of how Jenny and Ryan Levine saw a dramatic turnaround in their daughter, Chloe’s, cerebral palsy after being infused with her own cord blood stem cells. The treatment of cerebral palsy using cord blood is still being investigated worldwide.


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In the News: Protein in Cord Blood Reverses Signs of Ageing in Mice

In the News: Protein in Cord Blood Reverses Signs of Ageing in Mice

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 4/24/2017 9:03:10 AM

You may have seen stories from the National Public Radio (NPR) and the L.A. Times being shared via social media on how umbilical cord blood reversed the symptoms of ageing in mice, but let us explain why this isn't, as of now, directly related to cord blood banking.


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CNN: Cord Blood Stem Cells Offer Hope for Autism

CNN: Cord Blood Stem Cells Offer Hope for Autism

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 4/6/2017 4:09:01 PM

Duke University has just now officially released the findings from its preliminary, phase I study on the safety of treating autistic children with an intravenous infusion of their own umbilical cord blood stem cells. Following this news, CNN posted a video of one family that took part in this clinical trial and saw encouraging outcomes in their young daughter.


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When Childbirth Cost $100

When Childbirth Cost $100

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 4/5/2017 4:47:27 PM

The cost of childbirth varies greatly depending on location, any complications that occur, and whether its a normal delivery or a cesarean section, but today, the average expectant couple can anticipate the doctor and hospital's charges on their insurance statements to be anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000. Comparing this to the cost of giving birth more than half of a century ago, and many may wish they were born in a different era:


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Could stem cells wake the (brain) dead?

Could stem cells wake the (brain) dead?

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 3/13/2017 12:08:29 PM

It may sound like the plot of a campy zombie thriller, such as the 1985 cult-classic Re-Animator, but scientists say they are still looking to move ahead with a clinical trial to see if stem cells can awaken neural activity in people whose brains have stopped functioning. While the trial would not lead us to an apocalyptic, zombie-filled, Walking Dead–type world, it could help patients come out of and recover from vegetative comas.


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Cord Blood & Tissue Banking for Twins

Cord Blood & Tissue Banking for Twins

  • By Benjamin Greene
  • Posted 2/3/2017 11:09:11 AM

You’re having twins! Whether you see it as double the fun or biting off more than you can chew, you definitely have your hands full. You know you have to double up on the diapers and double the food, but do you also have to double the cord blood and tissue that you bank, too?


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