It is well known that stem cells found in a newborn baby’s cord blood are rich in (hematopoietic) stem cells, which has been used to treat and cure over 80 different blood and immune disorders and cancers. But what about the stem cells from umbilical cord tissue? Both Cord blood and Cord Tissue are rich …Continue Reading
First Woman Cured of HIV Using Cord Blood Stem Cells
A woman of mixed race becomes the third patient in the world to be cured of HIV, and the first one to do it using a cord blood stem cell transplant. On Tuesday February 15th, the case was presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. She received a combination of adult bone marrow …Continue Reading
Stem Cell Research & COVID-19
On May 8th, 2020, Pluristem announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved their PLX cell therapy as an Investigational New Drug (IND) for a Phase II clinical trial in the treatment of severe COVID-19 cases complicated by Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). The study will be a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group …Continue Reading
COVID-19 Vaccine & Pregnancy
The coronavirus pandemic has had long lasting implications for everyone worldwide. For those pregnant, attempting pregnancy, or pursuing fertility treatment, there are many new questions to be considered, and answers can vary by region and situation. The vaccines available in the US for protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19- produced by Pfizer, Moderna, …Continue Reading
Can Breastfeeding Delay Early Menopause?
February is American Heart Month, and the Go Red for Women campaign raises awareness for women’s heart disease. Most people unfortunately still think of heart disease as a men’s health issue, but the truth is that more women die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than men! In that spirit, I would like to make mention of …Continue Reading
Birth Plans and Options
Where will your baby come into the world (and into your arms)? Will it be in your own bed at home? In a high-tech hospital birthing room? In a family-focused birthing center? How will you be doing that birthing? In water? While squatting? On your hands and knees? How about the environment around you? Do …Continue Reading
Epidurals – What are they? Are they for you?
Whether you’ve known from day one that you’d be asking for an epidural or have your heart set on a medicine-free birth, here’s the lowdown on epidurals and how they can take some of the pain out of labor and delivery. Remember that we are all individuals and our different thresholds of pain span the …Continue Reading
Can a chemical in breast milk dissolve tumors?
Recently, a study conducted by Motol University Hospital in Prague discovered a chemical that breaks up cancerous tumors inside patient’s bladders, allowing the tumor fragments to pass in their urine without any discomfort or causing damage to other tissue cells. A study of 20 bladder cancer patients has shown proof of this after only a …Continue Reading
How Long Can Cord Blood & Tissue Be Stored?
This common question comes up often when researching cord blood banking. Why do some banks only offer, 18, 20 or 25 years when other banks offer lifetime banking? Here’s what we know: Cord blood is rich in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). These cord blood stem cells produce the cellular ingredients necessary for the blood and …Continue Reading
Cord Blood Stem Cells Help Young Boy with Tetra Spastic Cerebral Palsy
Tomas’s mom developed pre-eclampsia, a hypertension disorder sometimes developed during pregnancy which can cause serious health risks for both mom and baby, during her fifth month of pregnancy. This high blood pressure pregnancy complication affects kidney and liver function and when left untreated, can lead to blood clotting failure, fluid buildup in the lungs, seizures …Continue Reading