27 Sep Using Cord Blood in Regenerative Medicine
Applications of Cord Blood in Regenerative Medicine
Umbilical cord blood has been used for the treatment of the many conditions that use stem cells since its first successful use in 1988. More than 20,000 transplants have taken place worldwide.
Cord blood contains hematopoietic and pluripotent stem cells that can regenerate into a number of different types of tissue in the body. These cells share characteristics with embryonic stem cells and mesenchymal stem cells despite being a safe and rich source of stem cells taken from discarded cord blood. There is much exciting research being undertaken on the use of these cells beyond their current uses.
Why Cord Blood is Useful in Regenerative Medicine
Cord blood-derived stem cells have many uses because of the advantages they have over other types of stem cells. They are painlessly and safely collected after birth. It is non-invasive and poses no harm to the mother or baby, meaning there are no ethical or moral issues.
There is minimal risk of infection and a low risk of rejection compared to adult stem cells. This is because the cord blood contains components responsible for greater immune tolerances.
Cord blood stem cells are used for a variety of treatments, including:
- Cartilage repair
- Joint, ligament, tendon, and bone repair
- Vascular diseases
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FURTHER RESEARCH ON CORD BLOOD AND STEM CELL THERAPY
At times, researchers use donated cord blood to conduct extensive medical research on this matter. However, note that not all donations are used for research since each public program may be different. Privately banked cord blood may also be used for permission, for as long as it seeks approval from the parents. When speaking of these instances, the privately banked cord blood may be used during clinical trials for the child or the child’s family members who banked it. There have been striking results from the research. Thus, many specialists are starting to believe the limitless potential of cord blood stem cells. The most promising findings for this research is discovering how cord blood can regenerate damaged tissues and organs. Regenerative medicine is able to encompass a wide number of innovative medical therapies. This allows the body to repair, replace damaged and diseased cells and organs.
CORD BLOOD AND IT’S REGENERATIVE PROPERTIES
Cord blood stem cells have been proven to embody remarkable regenerative properties. At present, landmark trials are underway for regenerative medicine. It aims to investigate its role in diseases such as juvenile diabetes, cerebral palsy, which uses autologous transplants, or even one’s cord blood stem cells. So far, it’s early results are quite promising. However, final results for this research are expected to be able to put out more new cord blood stem cell treatments for other diseases and conditions.
Effectiveness Of Cord Blood Regenerative Medicine In Treating Diseases
Over the past years, cord blood applications have been expanding beyond transplant medicine into the areas of regenerative medicine in clinical research like a brain injury. Stem cells coming from a child’s umbilical cord are expected to deliver improvement for anoxic brain injury at birth, traumatic brain injury, and cerebral palsy.
Several studies have been conducted among children with Juvenile diabetes, who have seen improvement in their insulin production through autologous transplants.
A study back in 2005 suggests the extreme potential of cord blood cells in helping human patients recover better from a heart attack.
Cord blood stem cells may also provide therapeutic options for people who suffer disorders of the ocular surface.
Autism And Cerebral Palsy
You may be asking why cord blood stem cells would be considered to treat Autism and Cerebral Palsy. Here’s why.Thinking about the natural power and purity of a newborn’s cord blood, which is responsible for its healthy develo[ment during pregnancy, it’s safe to say that it may also cause the same wellness when it comes to restoring health.
After demonstrating it’s safety for children who suffer Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in receiving cord blood, a clinical trial is now underway to determine the effects of using a child’s cord blood or any unrelated donor cord blood. ViaCord families have even participated in this research to begin helping children on their road to wellness through this practice. There has also been a clinical trial at Duke University that recently showed that infusing a child’s own cord blood can help brain connectivity and even motor function to those kids who suffer cerebral palsy. For the research on Autism, twenty ViaCord families also began to participate in this research. Its results were published in Stem Cell Translational Medicine. Another study is being done to help determine the safety of using a sibling’s cord blood.
Cord Blood And Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
The Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome or the (HLHS) is a rare heart defect present during childbirth. This happens when the left side of a child’s heart is extremely undeveloped. Cord blood in clinical trials has also been found out as a regenerative therapy to treat this disease. Aside from that, cord blood stem cells have also shown potential in treating several other diseases such as:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Parkinson’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Liver disease
- Spinal cord injury
CONCLUSION ON THE BENEFITS OF CORD BLOOD
Cord blood stem cells are offering new innovative therapeutic ways to handle different diseases. Thus, adding up to better options to lead people with certain conditions to wellness. To find out more about how cord blood may aid you with your condition, please do contact us at Colorado Medical Solutions today. You may also visit our Stem Cell Therapy Pages to learn more about our clinics found in Denver and Colorado Springs.