Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is delivered. In the past, cord blood was traditionally discarded as medical waste. However, following years of research, medical scientists have now applied the stem cells found in cord blood to successfully treat over 80 diseases!
Thus far, cord blood stem cells have been successfully used to treat numerous diseases, including cancers (leukemia, lymphomas, myelomas), blood disorders (thalassemias, sickle cell anemia, Fanconi's anemia), and immune deficiency diseases. Recently, cord blood stem cells have been used in clinical trials to repair damaged tissues and organs (regenerative medicine), and the outcomes have been promising.