You may think that cord blood use in medical transplants is a new phenomenon, but in fact cord blood has been known to have utility in treating a wide range of diseases for 30 years.
The use of cord blood to treat certain conditions is well-established at this point, and currently cord blood transplants are FDA-approved to effectively treat more than 80 diseases and conditions including:
- Blood Disorders
- Metabolic Disorders
Clinical research has emerged recently that shows that cord blood can have applications in the promising new field of regenerative medicine as well. Also, there have been recent studies that indicate that cord blood may be helpful in treating conditions like autism and cerebral palsy.
While the application of cord blood transplants as an effective treatment for autism and cerebral palsy is still in clinical trials, the early indications have shown enough potential to encourage many parents to bank their cord blood with MiracleCord. As research continues to show how regenerative medicine through cord blood transplants may help patients with many different conditions, parents feel good about the decision to have their children’s cord blood banked, just in case it may be needed in the future for their children or themselves.
For many of the 80 diseases and conditions, the child’s own cord blood can be used in regenerative therapy, but with other conditions (diseases that are considered to be genetically-born) a cord blood unit from a sibling is preferred. Here too is another reason why so many parents are choosing to go with private cord blood banks; research suggests that using cord blood from a relative is more than twice as effective as cord blood that comes from a non-related donor.
As clinical trials continue, there is widespread optimism that stem cells found in cord blood may be able to become established treatment for:
- Autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes and lupus
- Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy
- Cardiovascular disease
- Brain injuries
- Liver disease
- Spinal cord injuries
- Breast Cancer
As a parent considering whether to bank your child’s cord blood for future use, you should be well aware that the science backing its potential has been proven for a long time, continues to advance, and has an immense amount of future potential as well. The stem cells found in your child’s cord blood are a rich source of life-saving stem cells that can be used in treatments, and the sky's the limit on how modern medical research will continue to expand on this science.