• Why All Cord Blood Banks are Not Equal

    When shopping for a provider to bank your child’s cord blood, you may think that one bank is very much like the next. They may offer the same thing—umbilical cord blood storage—but there are many distinguishing factors that make some cord blood banks stand out from the rest as a good fit for your family. …

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  • Umbilical Cord Blood May Save Your Vision

    There is big news in the world of vision health. Scientists at Johns Hopkins have made a breakthrough in therapy for retinal damage, using stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood: Umbilical Cord Blood May Save Your Vision. The retina is the layer that covers the interior of the back of the eye. This layer is …

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  • 3 Medical Myths Every Parent Should Know

    As a parent, you want what’s best for your kids. You tell them to look both ways before crossing the street and to wear a coat in cold weather. But not all conventional wisdom we pass on to our kids is rooted in fact. Here’s a look at 3 common medical myths that every parent should …

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  • Pregnancy Habits for Your Baby’s Health

    Pregnancy comes with aches, pains, and cravings. While it’s not a bad idea to eat the pickles and ice cream that you have been craving, or spend the day relaxing your sore back muscles, those common pregnancy desires may need to take a back seat as you focus on not only your health, but how …

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  • Best Educational Toys for Babies

    Your baby learns from every interaction he has with the world around him. Hearing your voice, encountering new sensations, and visual stimuli all help your baby learn. You can help your little one learn with interactive toys that grab his attention and give him new ways to use his developing senses. Sensory Toys You want …

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  • Cord Blood, Cord Tissue, and Placental Tissue Storage

    If you or your partner is pregnant, you are probably considering storing your child’s umbilical cord blood.  Some cord blood banks even offer the option to store umbilical cord and placental tissue along with cord blood.  All three are excellent sources of stem cells that can potentially be used to treat a variety of diseases …

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  • Public versus Private Cord Blood Banks: A Comparison

    Impressive progress is being made in the use of stem cell transplants to regenerate human tissue and treat a host of medical conditions.  Umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue are excellent sources of stem cells, and consequently many expectant parents decide to have it cryopreserved and stored at a cord blood bank following the …

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  • Zika Virus and Cord Blood Storage: What you should know

    In May 2015 the Pan American Health Organization issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil.   In less than a year, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern. Although the first human cases of Zika virus were detected in 1947, the outbreaks were …

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  • Human Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells Improves Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetic Rats

    A potential treatment for injury induced erectile dysfunction Erectile dysfunction (ED) is thought to be an irreversible progressive disease process. In the diabetic patient the inner lining of the blood vessel, known as the endothelium, is thought to be the major site of diabetes induced injury. The cells making up the endothelium, called endothelial cells, …

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