July Is Cord Blood Awareness Month

July Is Cord Blood Awareness Month

July has been designated as “Cord Blood Awareness Month” by the Cord Blood Registry. Hoping to raise 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, diseases like cerebral palsy and other ailments.

Despite rapid advances using a child’s own cord blood stem cells in regenerative therapies to repair damaged tissue due to injury or disease, most pregnant women today don’t learn about the ability to save their newborn’s cord blood. According to research published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, 3 out of every 4 pregnant women consider themselves only “minimally informed.”

“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 Heather Brown, vice president of scientific and medical affairs for CBR “Research indicates these cells have demonstrated the ability to go to damaged sites in the body and help induce healing. And the re-infusion of one’s own stem cells back into the body carries no risk of tumor formation or immune response.”

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