Can Stem Cell Therapy Relieve IBD?

For people living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), trying to find the right combination of medications and treatments that provide relief may leave them feeling frustrated, hopeless and that managing it is never-ending. Although today’s available treatments and medications have come a long way, there is still a lot of room for improvement and research to be done. In an ongoing effort to help find relief for people suffering from IBD, researchers are turning to the stem cells found in umbilical cord tissue.

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Here For Our Customers During Challenging Times

Q & A with ViaCord’s Manager of Customer Service

We recently sat down with ViaCord’s Manager of Customer Service, Bukola, for a quick Q & A.  Bukola has been on the ViaCord team for nearly 18 years and is passionate about ensuring our ViaCord families are taken care of from the minute they enroll with us until their stem cells are safely stored at our state-of-the art laboratory.  Let’s see what she had to say:

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COVID-19, Pregnancy & Cord Blood Banking

From Guest Blogger Karen Madden, Ph.D. – Vice President, Technology & Innovation PerkinElmer

Karen is a scientist, business development professional, mother of two, and is committed to driving innovation, pushing the boundaries of science and translating discoveries from the lab to the real world to improve women’s health.

The current coronavirus pandemic is certainly concerning to everyone, but especially to mothers and expecting mothers. Currently, it’s unknown if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from the COVID-19, but because of changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy, they may be at a higher risk of viral respiratory infections.1 Because the COVID-19 outbreak is so recent there are limited publications available analyzing its impact. However, in a small case study of babies born to mothers who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) none of the infants tested positive and the virus was not detected in any samples of amniotic fluid.2

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March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. Through awareness and education, National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month is dedicated to growing research and creating positive long-term outcomes for those living with Cerebral Palsy. To help drive awareness, advocates are wearing green on March 25th.

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Advancing Cord Blood Use through Expanded Access

Clinical trials using cord blood in areas of research including autism and cerebral palsy show the potential for it to be a promising option for treatment in the future. Families who have participated in these clinical research trials are thankful to have had the opportunity. But what happens when patients don’t have access to cord blood treatments through clinical trials? That’s where expanded access can help.

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Go Beyond Cord Blood Banking with the Newborn DNA Guardian Service

If you’re thinking about making cord blood banking part of your birth plan, we want you to know there’s another option that can help you further prepare for your family’s future health. For families planning to store their newborn’s cord blood with ViaCord, they now have the additional option to save their newborn’s DNA with a new service offering: Newborn DNA GuardianSM.

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