Cord blood that saved 2-year-old boy hand-delivered by first-ever cord blood recipient

ORLANDO, Fla. - When Matt Farrow was taken to Paris 29 years ago, umbilical cord blood transplants were an experimental procedure.
His parents took the then-5-year-old to France because that was the only place where they could find a doctor to perform the procedure.
Farrow, who suffered from a rare blood disorder, was the first person to receive a cord-blood transplant, and doctors said there was little chance it would work.
“When my parents got approached to do this experiment, they were given less than 5 percent chance that it would work,” Farrow said.

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Twins and Cord Blood Banking

The reassuring conclusion of the Cryo-Cell study is that cord blood units collected from multiple births have sufficient numbers of stem cells to treat children for cerebral palsy and other conditions identified in infancy, under current dosing guidelines. 

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Could Components from Umbilical Cord Blood Improve Memory?

 
Researchers at Stanford University are aiming to figure out if umbilical cord blood or the factors found in it could help improve memory and learning in the ageing brain.
As we age, there is a significant decline in our cognitive function. This is one of the key features of neurological disorders. A brain region known as the hippocampus is associated with memory, specifically long-term memory, and learning. The hippocampus is extremely sensitive to the adverse effects of ageing at many levels. Synapses are the narrow spaces between nerve cells that transmit signals from cell to cell, and they show impairment during ageing. Additionally, genes that are activated in response to a wide variety of cellular stimuli are decreased in the ageing brain.

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Stem Cell Therapy Improves Function, Extends Survival in Children with Krabbe Disease

Umbilical cord blood transplantation can improve neurologic outcomes in the short term if performed before symptoms appear, but long-term outcomes are unknown.
The findings demonstrate that "HSCT performed before the onset of severe symptoms delays disease progression and improves both length and quality of life" over the long term, the study authors, led by Matthew D. Wright, MD, of the program for the study of neurodevelopment in rare disorders at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, wrote.

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What is Cord Blood Banking


September 25, 2017

Umbilical cord blood banking has become increasingly popular in recent years, with a number of businesses both public and private offering the service. It’s a relatively new concept, and there’s uncertainty about its overall value and whether it’s worth considering for a newborn child. We discuss the technology, its implementation, and how and why people are opting to store this blood for years — or decades.

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Girl with metabolic disorder has life-saving cord blood transplant from her brother

It is only within the past decade that Dr. Kurtzberg’s group at Duke University demonstrated that storage disorders could be successfully treated with cord blood transplants. The cord blood transplant is able to correct the patients’ metabolism so that they create the enzymes they need to clean their cells and their neurological conditions improve.

 

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