Cord Blood Awareness Month: Understanding Still Low, Despite Medical Advancements
July has been designated as “Cord Blood Awareness Month” by a society of the American Hospital Association with the goal of raising awareness about the medical value of newborn stem cells from umbilical cord blood, which have been used for more than 20 years to treat nearly 80 diseases. In addition, research studies are underway evaluating the use of a child’s own cord blood to help treat conditions that have no cure today, like cerebral palsy.
One child’s experience exemplifies the growing importance of educating all expectant parents. An in-utero stroke left
Because Chloe’s parents had stored her cord blood stem cells with Cord Blood Registry (CBR) at birth, Chloe was able to undergo a potentially life-changing experimental treatment: a re-infusion of her own cord blood. Within weeks after Chloe was infused, “things started happening that she could never do before,” said her mother,
Today, one year post-infusion, the little girl who was nearly paralyzed on her right side can lift both arms to catch a ball. She talks up a storm. And she can run – fast. Two months post-infusion, Chloe’s physical therapist,
“Regenerative therapies using cord blood stem cells are currently being researched for conditions including traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, type 1 diabetes, heart defects and hearing loss,” said
“Chloe’s story demonstrates that cord blood education isn’t just a good idea – it’s good health policy,” said
Recently, U.S. Rep.
About Cord Blood Awareness Month
July has been designated as “Cord Blood Awareness Month” by the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) with the goal of raising awareness about newborn stem cells from umbilical cord blood, which have been used for more than 20 years to treat nearly 80 diseases. Today, medical researchers are using cord blood stem cells to evaluate new treatments for diabetes, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, hearing loss and other regenerative therapies. By providing education about the medical value of cord blood stem cells and the available banking options, Cord Blood Awareness Month strives to empower expectant parents to make informed choices regarding their family’s future health.
About Cord Blood Registry
Cord Blood Registry(R) (CBR(R)) is the world’s largest stem cell bank, focused on the collection, processing and storage of newborn stem cells from umbilical cord blood and ensuring their viability for medical use. CBR is the most recommended family cord blood bank by obstetricians and was the first family bank accredited by AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks). The company has been profitable and cash flow positive from operations on a cumulative basis since 1999. To date, CBR has processed and stored cord blood units for nearly 300,000 newborns from around the world and has released more client cord blood units for specific therapeutic use than any other family cord blood bank. The company’s research and development efforts are focused on helping the world’s leading clinical researchers advance regenerative medical therapies using cord blood stem cells as well as enhancing its industry-leading technical innovations for stem cell collection, processing and storage that optimize quality and cell yield. For more information, visit www.CordBlood.com.
SOURCE Cord Blood Registry