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Cord Blood Quality Banking

"Progenics is the only family cord blood bank in the world that publishes their quality testing on their entire inventory"

The objective of a family cord blood bank is to process and cryopreserve cord blood units (CBUs) that may be used for hemapoietic stem cell transplantation or for future use through regenerative medicine therapies (Armson et al. 2005). Clinical outcomes of cord blood (CB) transplantation are influenced by the number of total nucleated cells (TNCs) in a CBU (Mazzocchetii et al 2014). Hence, it is important to obtain a large volume of CB during collection and maximize the retrieval of TNCs during...

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Cord Blood Stem Cell

Stem Cells: Introducing Innovations in Medicine

Stem Cells: Introducing Innovations in Medicine
The discovery of stem cells in 1961 by two brilliant scientists, Dr. James Till and Dr. Ernest McCulloch, paved the way for the possible treatment of many diseases that were previously thought to be incurable. Types of stem cells Part of the Till and McCulloch discovery is highlighting the different types of stem cells. Think of these different types of stem cells as master cells with profound regenerating abilities. For example, embryonic stem cells are extracted from embryos. Embryonic...

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5 Things You Should Be Doing During Your Pregnancy

5 Things You Should Be Doing During Your Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a wonderful time, even if some symptoms can be distressing. Amidst the morning sickness, back pains, constipation, heartburn, insomnia and skin changes, nothing is more meaningful than the experience of carrying life inside of you. Despite the sudden physical changes, mood swings and fear of the unknown, feeling your baby move and knowing you will soon become a mother is a comforting thought. That being said, pregnancy is not the time to be complacent. You will need to look after...

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Cord Blood Clinical Trials

A New Molecule has been Discovered to Multiply Stem Cells

 A New Molecule has been Discovered to Multiply Stem Cells
Dr. Guy Sauvageau, a renowned scientist at Université de Montréal’s Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer, discovered a specific molecule that is able to multiply stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood. Cancers and their poor prognoses Some types of cancer, like those affecting the blood cells or bone marrow, specifically lymphoma, myeloma and leukemia, are particularly hard to treat. Traditional treatments are too expensive, or unavailable and without guarantee of a successful...

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Cord Blood treatment

Multiracial Patients May Have Difficulty Finding Suitable Donors

 Multiracial Patients May Have Difficulty Finding Suitable Donors
Jeff Chiba Stearn’s documentary, Mixed Match, offers insight into the turbulent reality of cancer patients who are awaiting a suitable donor for a potential stem cell treatment. In particular, the documentary focuses on mixed-race patients whose chances of finding a matched-donor are significantly reduced when compared to patients from the majority demographic. Multiracial patients have a harder time finding a match Public cord blood banks work by pooling cord blood units from voluntary...

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Cord Blood Clinical Trials

Medical study suggests banked cord blood can potentially treat a sibling with cerebral palsy

Medical study suggests banked cord blood can potentially treat a sibling with cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood (Capute and Accardo, 2008). It is a condition associated with impaired muscle coordination, usually caused by severe damage to the brain before or at birth. It is estimated that 1 out of every 323 children have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy (Christensen et al., 2013). In fact, approximately every 15 hours, a child is born with cerebral palsy in Australia alone. Although there are ways to manage and cope with the disability through...

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Cord Blood treatment siblings

Cord blood transplant from brother saves his sister with rare disorder

Cord blood transplant from brother saves his sister with rare disorder
After a successful cord blood transplant from her younger brother, six-year-old Neha is now enjoying her new life as a healthy child.

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Cord Blood

What factors should I consider when I choose a cord blood bank?

What factors should I consider when I choose a cord blood bank?
To understand what the critical factors are, you first need to know what a cord blood bank does to obtain, process and preserve the cord blood sample. You might find the information provided by cord blood banks to be complex and overwhelming. In fact, what is involved is quite simple.

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Cord Blood

How long can cord blood be stored?

How long can cord blood be stored?
Dr. Hal Broxmeyer, a well-recognized scientist and distinguished professor of microbiology and immunology, has studied and worked tremendously in the field of stem cell research and helped pioneer cord blood transplantation. Dr. Hal Broxmeyer and colleagues published studies with experimental results supporting that cord blood stem cells that were cryogenically frozen remained viable after 21 years of storage with efficient recovery of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, moreover, the cells...

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