Selasa, 20 Juli 2010

Cord Blood Banking: Life Gets Better

>For years, doctors have discarded the umbilical cord and the placenta after delivery without realizing the immense potential these organs have! Things are changing now, people today are more aware of the latest developments in science and technology and more and more people are taking cord blood banking seriously.


Regardless of what some people say, extracting cord blood from the umbilical cord for your baby and storing it in a cord blood bank is not harmful for you and your baby. The cord blood is drained after your baby is delivered and the umbilical cord is disconnected from your baby. But, why umbilical cord blood? The reason is though bone marrow can supply stem cells, the quality and quantity is a lot better in the umbilical cord. Besides, if a person has his own stem cells, he does not have to depend on others for donation. He is his own donor in cases of emergency. It is not necessary that his siblings with the similar genetic set up will be near him all the time. The cord blood you had preserved for him will be his savior. Speaking of siblings, have you ever thought that the cord blood that you have saved and stored in a cord blood bank could actually be of great use to the older siblings your baby may already have.


Incase you are worrying about the expenses of saving your baby’s cord blood, a suggestion is that you can look at it as insurance for your family. And finally after a few years, if you see that your child is growing up with no health concern, you can choose to sell the cord blood to a needy family. Not interested in selling your baby’s cord blood? Ok, you can donate it too. Public cord blood donation banks take cord blood for donations. Your baby’s cord blood will bring smiles to many faces!


Ok, you have decided in favor of cord blood banking. But which are the diseases which can be treated. Stem cells are being used to treat numerous diseases. The specialty of stem cells is that it can adjust anywhere. Here are some diseases which can be cured by cord blood stem cells.


Acute Leukemia

Chronic Leukemia

Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Stem Cell Disorders

Myeloproliferative Disorders

Lymphoproliferative Disorders

Phagocyte Disorders

Liposomal Storage Diseases

Histiocytic Disorders

Inherited Erythrocyte Abnormalities

Congenital (Inherited) Immune System


Disorders

Other Inherited Disorders

Inherited Platelet Abnormalities,

Plasma Cell Disorders

Autoimmune Diseases

Brain Tumors

Ewing Sarcoma

Neuroblastoma

Ovarian Cancer

Renal Cell Carcinoma

Small-Cell Lung Cancer

Testicular Cancer.


Cord blood banking is a relatively new concept. Research is being made on how to utilize it effectively for the benefit of mankind. If you are not interested in preserving your umbilical cord blood for your family in a private cord blood bank, you can donate it for research. Cord blood banking is picking up with every passing day. Would you like to be a part of the revolution?

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