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National Cord Blood Awareness Month: Celebrating the excitement and developments in cord blood banking

July 25, 2016 by  
Filed under R.McAllister

Father Holding InfantWho would have guessed back in the 1960s when we were watching The Jetsons that we’d have the ability to “facetime” on our phones and talking robots. Medical advancements are no exception.

As a physician practicing for 21 years, I can say few fields in medicine have made as many advancements as the field of regenerative medicine. Stem cell therapy is one line of research within this exciting field. Newborn stem cells – those found in cord blood and tissue – have some unique characteristics and are one of the areas of focus for regenerative medicine research. To date, cord blood stem cells have been used to treat 80 conditions, including blood and immune system disorders and cancers. However, researchers think that these stem cells may also be able to heal the body and promote recovery in different ways. Cord blood applications are currently being researched for autism, cerebral palsy, pediatric stroke, and hearing loss.

The early stage research that’s being conducted with all different types of stem cells is exciting. Potential new uses for different types of stem cells currently under research include, healing and recovery of the bones, eyes, heart, and gastrointestinal system. Studies are also underway on conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, and lung, liver, and heart disease.

While the important things are being addressed, I guess we’ll have to wait on those flying cars from The Jetsons in the meantime.

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