Cord Blood Stem Cells

page_cord_blood_cellsCord Blood Cells May Offer the Potential for Future Treatments

An estimated one in every 200 people will receive a stem cell transplant during his/her lifetime.13 That statistic is based on diseases that are treatable with cord blood cells today for hematopoietic (blood forming) reconstitution – or the restoration of blood forming cells within one’s body. Scientists are pursuing new ways of using stem cell treatments in a variety of diseases. As research continues, it is possible that the odds of receiving a stem cell transplant within one’s lifetime will increase.13 Examples of where umbilical cord blood cells are currently being studied include:

Type 1 Diabetes: Researchers at the University of Florida have been studying the effects of using children’s own cord blood stem cells on type 1 (juvenile) diabetes. 23 children over the age of 1 that have Type 1 Diabetes and their own stored umbilical cord blood were included in the study. Preliminary results for the first 6 months after receiving their own cord blood stem cells indicate that these children required lower insulin doses each day and that their blood sugar levels were better controlled. The stem cells also had a beneficial impact on their immune systems. The study is on-going and final results are not yet determined.10,11

Cerebral Palsy: Cerebral Palsy affects muscle control and coordination, often causing severe developmental delays in movement and speech. The condition results from damage to certain parts of the brain during the prenatal period, the birth process, or infancy— although the cause of this injury is usually unknown. The rationale for treating CP with cord blood stem cells is that these cells have the potential to repair the injured parts of the brain by replacing damaged cells.23,24,25,26