Cord Blood Stem Cells and the Advantages Brought to Modern Medicine

 

Pregnancy and birth are amazing events and periods in parent’s life, but these also come with a variety of medical benefits. You may have heard about stem cell therapies, a cutting-edge bioengineering method developed in the past few years. Maybe the most versatile type of cell stems is the type found in the umbilical cord. Because this type of cells is quite primitive and their division capabilities are astounding, this type of stem cells might help your child during unfortunate illnesses of various types. The umbilical cord is a life pathway during pregnancy and it contains these amazing cells. So, before discarding it as medical waste, you may want to consider enrolling in a cord blood registry and have them banked. Below are some of the illnesses that can be cured with the help of these cells.

Type I Diabetes

Cord Blood stem cells have been proven to have incredible effects on patients with Type I Diabetes, because of their role in re-educating the immune system and preventing it from attacking the pancreatic cells, claims a research held by a team of scientists at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In type I diabetes, an immune response of the T cells is causing a continuous attack on beta-cells, which are a type of pancreatic cells responsible for insulin production. In such cases, the insulin blood levels decrease, which causes the blood to accumulate glucose. The researchers at University of Illinois developed a so-called “Stem Cell Educator Therapy”, in which the lymphocytes were “re-trained” with the help of stem cells to increase the insulin production. As a result, in patients of different ages, after a week of stem cell therapy, the insulin levels increased. On the other hand, the control group, which wasn’t administered stem cells, hasn’t experienced an improvement of their symptoms, and as a result, the medication doses for this affection were maintained at usual levels.

Disorders from the autism spectrum

Another trial held at the Duke University in Durham, North Carolina recently proved that cord blood stem cells are to reduce the severity of the symptoms experienced by those from the spectrum. More than this, the trial showed more effects than most of the therapies usually used to reduce the autistic manifestations in patients of all ages, including occupational therapy. Various patients that took part in this trial were able to attend “regular” schools after the trial ended, their improvement being evaluated by other family members somewhere around 9 out of 10.

There is undeniable proof that cord blood stem cell therapy may be the answer to a variety of severe conditions. Keep in mind that the cells banked from a child can also be used for a sibling, if their cells weren’t a subject of such interventions. For many, cord blood stem cell therapy proved a true lifesaver, being the answer to some of their most severe medical needs. Make sure to discuss your options with a professional, as soon as you become pregnant or when planning to.