Stem cell banking can help families stave off genetic illnesses, prevent reoccurrence of dangerous diseases in their children and even help a close relative.
Though there is a concerted effort by healthcare professionals, nurses and cord blood banks to spread awareness about stem cell banking benefits, many expectant parents today are still slightly hesitant about preserving their baby’s cord blood for future use. However, once they understand the merits of the procedure and how it can positively impact their baby’s future health, parents are willing to give the procedure a try.
If you are mulling the idea of cord blood banking, you might consider the following benefits of stem cells:
1 Stem cells from cord blood can help families.Stem cells are present in the umbilical cord blood and placenta of a newborn baby, and the bone marrow of adults. However, cord blood stem cells establish a link between the mother and the baby, and hence, carry a genetic connection that has implications in treating genetic disorders or siblings suffering from disease or even close relatives. Hence, families with a history of genetic disorders can benefit from stem cell banking.
2 They are useful in treating 80 serious diseases. Science has already established that stem cells are applicable in treating 80 diseases that do not respond to conventional treatment plans. The stem cells may be sourced from donors who are immediate family members or who are a suitable match. Since umbilical cord blood is a rich resource of Haematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs), the main drivers that help regenerate the human immune system, stem cell banking benefits are immense.
3 Stem cell banking benefits hitherto unknown ailments as well. Apart from treating a variety of blood and immune disorders (up to 80 serious ailments recorded thus far), stem cells can be used in treatments of specific ailments pertaining to the skin, internal organs and bones. These are relatively unknown applications thus far but have been tested and found efficacious in other countries. For example, skin stem cells have been used in growing skin grafts for burn victims as early as the 1970s in the USA. Currently,trials are underway to test the efficacy of stem cells in regenerating damaged tissues of the heart, bone and even the pancreas.
4 Umbilical stem cells have lower chances of GHRs. Graft Host Rejection (GHR) is a real and frightening offshoot of treatments involving blood transfusions and stem cell transplants. But the nature of stem cells sourced from cord blood makes them a viable partial match for most recipients, while they are also considered to be less likely in causing GHRs after transplants. This is because they seldom resist or attack foreign substances, unlike stem cells sourced from bone marrow.
5 Stem cell banking is easy and affordable. India is blessed with several premier cord blood banks, which offer a variety of payment options to parents and state-of-the-art processing and storage facilities. The best stem cell banks offer to store blood units for 21 years with EMI payment options, apart from asingle enrolment fee and a specific plan.
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