Banking your child’s cord blood is a decision that all expecting parents should consider, as it can be used to treat a wide range of blood diseases and bone marrow disorders, including Leukemia and Fanconi Anemia.
While the chances of being diagnosed with these conditions can be relatively low, researchers are discovering new uses for cord blood banking, which increases the likelihood of needing a cord blood transplant in the future.
Cord blood researchers across North America are working on new ways to use cord blood technology, discover applications to treat degenerative diseases and brain injuries.
This research is advancing rapidly, and doctors are already conducting clinical trials that use cord blood to treat a wider range of diseases.
Recent studies have proven that cord blood can be used to treat brain injuries in lab animals. Researchers are now putting these findings to use with patients who have cerebral palsy, a condition which can result due to an injury to the brain during pregnancy or birth.
It is becoming more and more common in young children, and researchers hope that cord blood will be a useful treatment option.
Researchers are also working on ways to use cord blood in treating degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Although these clinical trials are just beginning, doctors are hopeful that cord blood can be used to treat these diseases in the near future.