What is Cord Blood Banking? The 80 Diseases It Could Treat

Hey mama!! Today, Americord is sharing all about cord blood banking + more about the different diseases cord blood banking can treat. Enjoy!!

 

A new era in medical care involving stem cells is now moving away from the realm of theory and into the world of clinical trials. Stem cell therapies are expected to alleviate the suffering of patients with approximately 80 known diseases. Compiling this evidence takes time. Until the evidence becomes available, there is something you can do as a parent to afford your children with the future benefits of stem cell treatments, and this involves the simple banking of your baby’s cord blood.

What is Cord Blood Banking?

Blood is collected from the umbilical cord at the time of birth or very soon after a baby is delivered; it is an incredibly rich and viable source of pluripotent stem cells. Pluripotent is a scientific term describing the potential of one cell type to evolve and differentiate into a variety of diverse cell types. While stem cells can be obtained from adult blood and tissues, these types are much less pluripotent and generally only evolve into cells of the same tissue from which they were collected (e.g., stem cells in our skin can only become new skin cells, etc).

Blood is collected from the umbilical cord after a baby is delivered safely and the cord is cut. This procedure is safe for the mother and baby.

Diseases Currently Treatable

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), cord blood is used extensively in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. These procedures are offered to patients with diseases affecting the body’s capacity to form new blood cells. Some of these diseases include:

  • Leukemias

  • Lymphomas

  • Sickle Cell Anaemia

  • Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome

Potential Uses in the Future

Currently, several countries are involved in clinical trials investigating the use of stem cells for both mild and severe medical conditions. Approximately 80 conditions are under investigation and may show potential responsiveness to stem cell therapies. Some of these include:

  • Orthopedic conditions: e.g., rheumatoid arthritis and intervertebral disc degeneration

  • Neurological conditions: e.g., autism, spinal cord injuries and stroke

  • Blood diseases: e.g., multiple myeloma and thalassemia

  • Diabetes: both type I and type II diabetes

  • Vision loss: e.g., macular degeneration and corneal damage

  • Cardiovascular disease: e.g., heart failure and peripheral vascular disease

  • Lung disease: e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

  • Immune disorders: e.g., Lupus and graft versus host disease

  • Cancer: e.g., end-stage malignancies

  • Skin conditions: e.g., burns and chronic wounds

  • Dental treatments: e.g., periodontitis

  • Digestive diseases: e.g., Crohn’s disease and liver cirrhosis

  • Autism e.g., brain injuries

Why Bank With Americord?

Once your baby’s cord blood is collected, it can be stored safely for many years, but it must be stored carefully to preserve the viability of stem cells should they be needed for your child’s future medical treatments. Americord is registered and approved by the FDA to bank and store stem cells, blood and even placental tissue (another rich source of stem cells).

Stem cell transplants and stem cell therapies have the potential to be life-changing for patients with chronic diseases or debilitating injuries. The number of clinical trials involving stem cells is increasing every year. There is one opportunity to capture the potentially life-changing therapeutic benefits of pluripotent stem cells, and that is at the time of a baby’s birth.