Cord Blood Banking May Provide An Effective Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

Cord Blood Banking May Provide An Effective Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 11/6/2015 4:29:32 PM
It is predicted that Alzheimer’s disease will possibly affect over 100 million people by 2050, yet there are no effective therapies for the disease. However, hope is on the horizon. New research shows that those parents who bank their baby’s cord blood may be providing them in the years to come with a viable treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Fetal Cells—Like Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Stem Cells—Wield Influence Long After Baby is Born

Fetal Cells—Like Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Stem Cells—Wield Influence Long After Baby is Born

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 9/30/2015 11:49:38 AM
Cells derived from the fetus can persist in maternal tissues for decades after a child is born. In some instances, these cells act cooperatively to benefit maternal health and in other instances, they can lead to adverse effects on the mother: either or both protecting from or increasing susceptibility to a range of afflictions including cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. One thing is clear, they continue to make their presence known long after delivery.

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To Show or Not to Show

To Show or Not to Show

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 9/16/2015 4:45:22 PM
I often go through a similar thought process before signing up to exhibit at expecting parents expos. At first, the deterrents rear their ugly head. But in the end, I overcome all of my own objections for one simple reason: I feel compelled to educate expecting parents on the importance of cord blood banking. 

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The Role of Stem Cells in the Treatment of Sports Injuries

The Role of Stem Cells in the Treatment of Sports Injuries

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 9/10/2015 1:32:01 AM
There has been a lot of buzz around—and a number of athletes who have undergone—stem cell treatments for athletic injuries.  With umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue being a readily available source of stem cells, and an alternative to bone marrow stem cells, the question arises: could cord blood stem cells stored today in cord blood banks, one day be used to treat sports related injuries?

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A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 8/27/2015 1:26:01 PM
When our son, Patrick, was two years old, he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Therapists frequently tell me that he is the hardest worker they have had. He is very determined. As his parents, we are determined to try everything possible to help both of our boys succeed. When Patrick was three, we discovered that we were expecting another baby. My mother, who is a midwife, asked me if I was going to bank this child’s cord blood. She had attended a continuing education seminar that had talked about the benefits of cord blood banking and how they are doing a lot of research on using stem cells to treat Cerebral Palsy. We decided as a family to bank our 3rd child’s umbilical cord blood stem cells with Cryo-Cell International in the hope that they may eventually be able to be used for Patrick.

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Cord Blood for Brain Injury: A Synopsis of the Latest Research

Cord Blood for Brain Injury: A Synopsis of the Latest Research

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 7/14/2015 9:41:05 AM
Unfortunately, available treatments for neurological injuries are limited in scope as it stands now. Most therapies are aimed at managing the symptoms of the conditions rather than the underlying causes. There is tremendous interest—and strides being made—in developing stem cell therapies as potential treatments to repair damage, regain function and improve quality of life in patients with neurological disorders. The use of umbilical cord blood as a source of stem cells for such therapies represents a potential sea-change in treatments and results. 
 

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How Long Can Cord Blood Stem Cells be Stored? LONG!

How Long Can Cord Blood Stem Cells be Stored? LONG!

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 4/17/2015 12:32:13 PM
Our Cord Blood Field Educators get asked this question all the time. It’s towards the top of our list of Frequently Asked Questions. How long can cord blood stem cells be stored? This month, an article in Nature magazine, endorses and provides evidence that the length of cryopreservation of cord blood units does not diminish from the viability of the cells for use in transplant.
 

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Cryo-Cell International is Lighting it up Blue!

Cryo-Cell International is Lighting it up Blue!

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 4/2/2015 12:28:13 PM
April is World Autism Awareness Month, and as such it’s a terrific opportunity to “shine a light on autism” and spread awareness of the disease and some of the advances being made in treating it. 
 

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Family Banks all Five of their Children’s Cord Blood with Cryo-Cell International

Family Banks all Five of their Children’s Cord Blood with Cryo-Cell International

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 3/10/2015 11:51:29 AM
In this month of March Madness, when people around the country are crazed with their office pools and cheering on their college alma maters, I met up with a very special, five-person team who’ve been playing together their whole lives. 

The team is from Ecuador and its players range in age from nine to just shy of a month old. It’s a very progressive group, allowing 3 girls (Isabella, Stella and Amanda) and 2 boys (Juan Diego and Joaquin Andres) to play together at every position. These are the Baquerizo children, and they are part of team Cryo-Cell International.
 

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Stem Cells are Making an Impact in the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

Stem Cells are Making an Impact in the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 2/16/2015 11:47:10 AM
Stem cell research is making giant leaps that are revolutionizing the way we treat diseases. New and promising uses for umbilical cord blood stem cells (a source of hematopoietic stem cells) and umbilical cord tissue stem cells (a source of mesenchymal stem cells) continue to be discovered. In seeking out potential treatment for multiple sclerosis, current trials show the benefit and promise of the use of hematopoietic stem cells and mesenchymal stem cells to treat the symptoms of MS. 
 

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Founded in 1989, Cryo-Cell is the world's first family cord blood bank.  More than 500,000 parents from 87 countries have entrusted Cryo-Cell (and our affiliates) with their baby’s cord blood collections.  Since inception, 100% of our clients’ collections have been successfully viable upon thaw, a statement that no other cord blood bank has made. Cryo-Cell's services include umbilical cord blood and cord tissue banking. Cryo-Cell's industry leading, state-of-the-art laboratory and storage facility are situated adjacent to its corporate headquarters. This proximity allows our executives to directly oversee the daily operation of the most secured, efficient, and technically advanced facility.

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