With the promise and pitfalls of umbilical cord blood samples in mind, how should parents decide whether to put their baby’s blood on ice, either for their own family’s future use or as a donation for the greater good? It’s a tricky calculation, one that changes … [Read more...] about Should you bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood? Here’s a guide for thinking through the issue.
Umbilical cord blood stem cells
Umbilical cords tie mother and baby together, if only for a brief spell. But the stuff inside these cords has the potential to be useful well after birth. Cells in umbilical cord blood are already being used to treat certain diseases, including leukemia and rare forms of anemia. … [Read more...] about When deciding whether to bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood, consider these caveats
Life Sciences Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have cleared a major technical hurdle to making umbilical-cord-blood transplants a more widely-used method for treating leukemia and other blood cancers.In a study published in the Jan.17 edition of Nature … [Read more...] about Umbilical-Cord Blood Used to Treat Leukemia
Life Sciences Medical College of Georgia researchers are conducting the first FDA-approved clinical trial to determine whether an infusion of stem cells from umbilical cord blood can improve the quality of life for children with cerebral palsy.The study will include 40 children … [Read more...] about FDA Approves Stem Cell Trial in Pediatric Cerebral Palsy
Legal/Regulatory Stem cell therapies offer the potential to treat diseases or conditions for which few treatments exist.Stem cells, sometimes called the body’s “master cells,” are the precursor cells that develop into blood, brain, bones and all of your organs. … [Read more...] about FDA Warns About Stem Cell Claims