In-House versus Outsourced Cord Blood Labs

In-House versus Outsourced Cord Blood Labs

Pregnancy is no easy task. There’s a lot to do, and a lot to deal with. One of the more time-consuming aspects is all the research that needs to be performed on everything from the best car seat to the right pediatrician. Cord blood banking is a hurdle upon itself. Often expectant parents need to learn what cord blood banking is and why cord blood banking is important, and then it’s time to determine which cord blood bank is best for them.


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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

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?

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

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

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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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

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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When Childbirth Cost $100

When Childbirth Cost $100

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?

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

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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What's in your Collection Kit?

What's in your Collection Kit?

You did everything right: You were thinking ahead and took the right steps to ensure you stored your baby’s cord blood. You got your kit early, took it to the hospital with the greatest of care and even told the doctor to fill the collection bag like a balloon. Then you’re struck with a double whammy of bad news. You could blame luck or even medical science, but it may actually come down to the type of collection kit your cord blood bank had provided.


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