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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What do Cryo Chambers, Acupuncture, and Stem Cells All Have in Common?

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As the world recovers from the breathtaking display of London’s closing ceremonies, so too are athletes recovering from their participation in the 2012 Olympic Games. While some sports may be more physically demanding than others, all athletes are put under tremendous mental and physical pressure, and even the best trained, most hardened athletes need to take time to heal their bodies after competing at the world’s highest level. Even Kerri Walsh, who won her 3rd Olympic beach volleyball gold and became one of the most dominant Olympic athletes along with perennial teammate Misty May-Trainer, took to Twitter immediately post-match, uploading images of herself soaking in an ice bath to help her body heal.

Many athletes take traditional approaches like Kerri, but as science and technology continue to progress, athletes are venturing into more unconventional methods like stem cell treatments, cryo chambers, and acupuncture:

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Seven Tips for Delivery Day! | ViaCord

Delivery DayEverything you and your doctor need for a successful collection is provided in your Viacord kit. We’ve got a few tips to share to ensure the process goes smoothly.

Letting the medical staff  know you’ve chosen to collect your baby’s cord blood or cord tissue, or both is an important first step in the cord blood collection process. Even if it’s noted in your files, telling the staff at the hospital of exactly what you’ve ordered will ensure everyone’s in the know. And if medical staff shift rotation takes place during your time in labor, inform the replacement staff as well. Keeping everyone in the know is the way to go!

When moms go in for a c-section, whether it’s planned or unplanned, sometimes the collection kit gets left behind. Make sure it’s known that you want to collect your cord blood or cord tissue or both – whichever you ordered, so the medical staff will  make sure  the kit is in the c-section room. ViaCord’s sterile collection bag is FDA approved and can be used in c-sections..

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Mesenchymal Stem Cells May Unlock New Treatments

MSC ResearchThe different types of stem cells contained within cord blood are currently used to treat nearly 80 diseases. Scientists hope that with more research, this list will continue to grow. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which are drawn from umbilical cord tissue, may be one key in the efforts to treat more diseases and disorders.

MSCs provide new hope to patients with debilitating diseases
Patients with liver fibrosis, lung cancer, Parkinson’s and other complex diseases have limited treatment options today, so opening new avenues for treatment is important. The unique ability MSCs have to repair damaged cartilage, muscle and tissue suggests their potential in medical applications. As a result, a significant amount of research is underway to better understand this potential. Below are findings from some of the pre-clinical studies using MSCs extracted from cord tissue:
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2010 Recap: Cord Blood Research, Viacord and More

2010 Recap!2011 is here; can you believe it? Many positive things happened for cord blood research, ViaCord families and ViaCord in 2010. Let’s take a moment to look back at some of the highlights.

Important cord blood stem cell research paves the way for treatment possibilities

Here is just some of what went on this year:
Progress continued in trials using cord blood stem cells in regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine applications require a patient to use his or her own cord blood stem cells in treatment. As a result a number of ViaCord families have been able to participate in these trials.
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Newborn Genetic Screening – more than just a cord blood bank

HealthCheck | NB The Value of Newborn Genetic Screening
Preparing for parenthood can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Wondering what life will be like once your little one arrives is fun to do, but it can also be intimidating. The unknown can be the most terrifying part of becoming a parent, but there are some measures in place to help parents take a little of the unknown out of their child’s future. One measure is newborn genetic screening.

Newborn genetic screening is a panel of tests that identifies your child’s risk for inherited genetic and metabolic disorders. Early detection of these disorders is important because babies may not show obvious signs that they have an inherited disorder until after more serious symptoms have developed. Early identification can give your physician the opportunity to start specialized medical treatment and intervention that may improve your baby’s long-term health.

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