Benefits of Cord blood
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5th Dec 2011, 11:03 AM #1Newbie
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Benefits of Cord blood
i'm laksha,this is an information about cord blood stem cells.it's an admiring information and valuable too.I need to know can we treat aids patient by this treatment.
The Benefits of Family Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood stem cells are not just for your baby. It's really an investment for the whole family. Virtually all mothers and about half of siblings will be a suitable match for baby's stem cells. And while the chance that any family member will use the cord blood for cancer treatment is very low, the likelihood that it could be used to treat a variety of other diseases is considerable. The list of such diseases is growing every year as researchers study this fascinating field.
Doctors have infused stem cells into the damaged heart muscle of numerous heart attack patients to see if the cells would generate new heart tissue and repair the damage. Results so far look promising.
Coronary Artery Disease.
Doctors have infused stem cells in the hearts of patients with clogged arteries. The stem cells helped new blood vessels grow around the blocked arteries, thus improving blood flow to the areas in the heart at risk of damage.
Stem cells have been shown to grow new blood vessels around narrowed or damaged arteries in the limbs and restore impaired blood flow.
Nerve and Brain Damage.
Researchers have recently shown in a laboratory setting that human stem cells can mature into nerve cells. The implication of this for treating a variety of neurological problems is astounding.
Researchers have shown that infusing human stem cells into rats improves brain function after a stroke or traumatic brain injury.
Doctors have infused stem cells into patients with MS and have shown mild improvement in their disease.
Cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) is the number one cause of death. If stem cell treatments become a viable and routine option for preventing and treating cardiovascular disease, then having banked stem cells will be an enormous advantage. If researchers continue to show stem cells' ability to regenerate damaged or diseased brain tissue, then the possibility for treating neurological conditions such as MS, Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's is exciting. Diabetes is another disease that is affecting more and more people. If stem cells could regenerate new pancreas tissue, millions of people could benefit. Who knows where we'll be with stem cell treatments in 10 or 20 years?
Cancer and other blood-related disorders.
Besides these exciting possibilities, there are still the current uses for treating certain cancers and other blood problems. Recent research in the field of Oncology showed the chance that a person would need to use his or her own banked stem cells for current treatments by the time they are 21 is one in 2700, and the chance that a family member could use them is one in 1400. Stem cells can either be taken from the patient's or a matching family member's bone marrow, or from stored cord blood. Here are some benefits when cord blood is used instead of bone marrow:
- Research has shown that survival rates double when a person's own cord blood or a family member's cord blood is used, compared to using an unrelated donor sample from a public stem cell bank.
- Having your own private sample ensures immediate availability of a perfectly matched sample.
- While bone marrow can also be a source of stem cells if needed, cord blood stem cells are easier to match for family members, thus increasing the chance that a family member can receive a related stem cell transplant.
- Research has shown that patients who receive cord blood stem cell transplants have a smaller chance of rejecting the cells, compared to bone marrow stem cell transplants.
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16th Oct 2015, 05:14 PM #2Newbie
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Re: Benefits of Cord blood
Wow, this is impressive Laksha. I am sure it will be useful for all of us. But I am not sure, how many are possible in India as many doctors are reluctant to use stem cell therapy for patients. In most cases, I've heard these treatments are used as a part of clinical trials recruiting patients who fulfill certain health criteria. You may also be interested to read more such articles like this:
Hope they are useful.
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