Stem cells are the basic building blocks of life. They are found in the body's organs, tissues, blood, and immune system and have the ability to regenerate into additional stem cells or differentiate into specialized cells, such as nerve or blood cells. This remarkable ability makes them invaluable in medical treatments. When transplanted into a patient's body, stem cells can repair or replace the patient's damaged or diseased cells, improving the patient's health and, in many cases, saving the patient's life.9a,9b
Why Is Cord Blood Special?
The blood within your newborn baby's umbilical cord contains young stem cells that can renew themselves and become specialized. These cord blood stem cells have been proven in treatment to help children replace damaged blood cells with healthy ones and strengthen their immune systems. Cord blood banking is the process of collecting and storing these stem cells for potential medical use. Nearly half of all pediatric transplants worldwide now involve cord blood.3 To date, over 30,000 transplants have been performed using these amazing healing cells, but it only takes one happy ending to understand why cord blood is so special.4
Benefits of Cord Blood
Cord blood stems cells can be used in the treatment of nearly 80 serious diseases – from cancers to blood diseases to immune disorder. The proven effectiveness of these amazing cells has made cord blood the fastest growing source of stem cells in pediatric transplants3, and thanks to advancements in research its treatment potential continues to expand. See our easy to read (and share) infographic.
At ViaCord, we collaborate with renowned research institutions to advance the potential of cord blood and cord tissue and find cures for diseases that have none today. ViaCord has a long heritage of participating in application development to increase the value of newborn stem cells. That scientific expertise is at the core of everything we do.
A Clinical Trial Underway
ViaCord is proud to support an ongoing FDA Approved Phase I Clinical Trial at Duke University evaluating the safety and efficacy of infusing patients diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder with their own cord blood stem cells.104 This research is designed to better understand this complex disorder that affects so many families.
Utilizing the Healing Power
Cord blood stem cells are playing a major role in transplant medicine, an innovative therapeutic approach to treating disease. ViaCord has helped more families utilize the healing power of their cord blood stem cells . To date, we have preserved the cord blood of nearly 350,000 newborns and put more cord blood units in doctors' and researchers' hands — 280+ — than any other family bank.1 , 5
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Disclaimer: Banking cord blood does not guarantee that treatment will work and only a doctor can determine when it can be used. Cord tissue stem cells are not approved for use in treatment, but research is ongoing. ViaCord, LLC and ViaCord's Processing Laboratory are registered with the FDA.