Stem Cells In The News

A new edition of Stem Cells In The News is out! Take a quick break, pick up recent stories, and be on your happy (and informed) way…

Story 1. “Stem cells act as ‘first aid kits’ in repairing damaged immune response” via Science Daily

For the first time ever, researchers have shown the process by which stem cells “communicate” with other cells to help modify damaged immune responses around them. The research team, led by the University of Cambridge (UK) highlighted that by understanding this process better, researchers can identify ways of maximizing the efficiency of stem-cell-based therapies. Read more about the fascinating research here.

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The Cord Blood Stop:
You Cord Blood News Source

Stop 1. Banking Your Baby’s Cord Blood – Expert advice on storing your baby’s cord blood” via Fit Pregnancy

ViaCord’s Chief Scientific Officer, Morey Kraus, talked to Fit Pregnancy in a must-read article for expecting parents considering cord blood banking. Bottom line? The promising field of stem cell research is prompting more parents to store their newborns’ umbilical cord blood. Read the full article here. Read More


Cord Blood Banking:
Does the Company Matter? [INFOGRAPHIC]

For over two decades, ViaCord’s approach to cord blood banking has been simple: apply the most advanced science to deliver the highest-quality stem cell collection and storage process in order to achieve the best results for families.  A simple approach, yet one that requires relentless commitment to the science and the families we serve.

With so many cord blood banks to choose from (341 – last time we counted), it’s easy to wonder, Does the company matter?”. [Spoiler Alert] The short answer is YES!   The fact is, not every one takes the same approach as ViaCord.

We break down the how and why a company matters in our easy to read (and share) infographic. Read More

Pregnant woman holding baby sneakers

Pregnancy Checklist:
Preparing for Baby’s Arrival

Your little one’s arrival is right around the corner – yeah!  Now is a great time to run through a final check list of considerations and settle any nerves you may have about being prepared. Not to worry, you’re ready for this incredible journey….

Whether you’re a first time mom or experienced, an infant-care class will provide you with confidence in baby caring areas such as bathing, performing cpr and soothing techniques. To find a class in your area, visit the Red Cross website. 

Prepared Meals
Precooking and freezing meals in the weeks leading up to birth will pay off in the weeks following birth. Being able to quickly heat up nutritious meals will help keep you going (and healthy) in a time where taking care of yourself is not top of mind.

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CP Awareness Day

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day

When you think about March you think of Spring, St. Patrick’s Day festivities and all of the green that comes along with it. Did you know the color green during the month of March also represents Cerebral Palsy Awareness?

Throughout the month people are encouraged to become better informed and more aware of cerebral palsy – a condition that affects approximately 1 in 323 children every year.1 Cerebral Palsy is a general term used to describe a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as body movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. 2  There are several different forms of cerebral palsy and the condition is most often caused by brain injury or an abnormality in brain development. This can be a result of trauma sustained in the womb or during the early years of life.

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Cord Blood Stem Cells | What are they? How are they used?

What are cord blood stem cells and how are they used in medicine?

In recent years you might have heard about the use of stem cells in medicine. Despite the news coverage, it can be a bit difficult to understand how stem cell therapy works and when it can be used. We’re here to help.

What are stem cells?
Unlike any other cell in the body, stem cells have a unique ability to develop into different cell types. They are able to repair or replace damaged or diseased cells, making them a valuable resource for medical treatments and research.

How do I access stem cells?
Stem cells used in today’s medical treatments come from one of three sources: umbilical cord blood, bone marrow and peripheral blood.
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