Pregnancy Awareness Month Giveaway:
A New Contest and New Prize Every Week

Did you know May is Pregnancy Awareness Month?  With a baby on the way, this is your month to celebrate, and we want to celebrate you by giving away some great prizes!

Here’s what you can look forward to: Each week during the month of May we’ll be running a contest centered around Pregnancy Awareness Month’s four pillars of pregnancy:  Nutrition, Exercise, Nurture and Education.  Keep reading for details on the awesome prizes…. Read More

Stem Cells In The News

Tracking Stem Cells After Infusion
via Parents Guide to Cord Blood Banking

For the last decade, Dr. Assaf A. Gilad, PhD, Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University, and his lab have been developing a unique imaging technology that not only tracks the location of transplanted  stem cells post infusion, it also monitors cell viability and function – all in a non-invasive way.

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Autism and Cord Blood

Collaborating for a Cause: Autism
A Cord Blood Clinical Trial Underway

ViaCord supports Phase 1 Clinical Trial with Duke University Medical center to study safety of cord blood infusion in children with Autism.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of U.S. children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has sharply increased to 1 in 68 – up 30% from two years ago when the CDC estimated that 1 in 88 children had the disorder. The data also showed that ASD is almost five times more common among boys than girls:
1 in 42 boys versus 1 in 189 girls.1

ASD is a group of disorders characterized by “persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.” Although the exact causes of ASD are still unknown, research suggests that both genes and environment play important roles. 2

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