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Cord Blood Treatment For Baby Heart Defects

Umbilical cord blood could provide the raw material needed to repair the hearts of thousands of babies born defective heart valves, according to cardiologists at the University Hospital of Munich. Those scientists say they are 5 to 7 years away from transplanting new heart valves into children with heart defects, made from the baby’s own umbilical cord blood.

Heart valve abnormalities are one of the most common kinds of inherited heart defects. In these babies, the valves are too narrow or don’t close as they should, keeping blood from flowing properly. While surgeons can transplant new valves from human or animal donors, or from artificial material, these valves won’t grow as children do, forcing kids to undergo repeated operations to outfit them with new, larger valves, said Dr. Ralf Sodian, leader of the research team.

“Imagine you had a child with congenital heart disease and this child has to be operated on every 2 to 3 years,” Sodian said “It’s very hard for children and parents. The goal is to do surgery once that would last a lifetime.”

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Cord Blood Treatment For Acute Myeloid Leukemia

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recently finished important updates to its Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for acute myeloid leukemia and for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The guidelines now note that acute myeloid leukemia should be treated based on regimens that have been established in clinical trials, and they emphasize the importance of using the regimens consistently and not mixing induction from one with consolidation from another.

The guidelines also now list umbilical cord blood as an alternative source for patients with acute myeloid leukemia who are candidates for allogeneic stem cell transplant but do not have an appropriate sibling or unrelated donor available.

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Advantages of Cord Blood Transfusions and Storage

Cord blood banks cryogenically freeze the blood from the umbilical cord for possible future use against diseases developed by members of your family. A great number of serious medical conditions can already be successfully treated by this umbilical cord blood, and it is predicted that many more conditions will be be able to be cured by the use of the genetic material contained within these cord blood sources. It is well worth evaluating the potential benefits of using a cord blood bank.

A number of research studies have shown that stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood have several advantages over marrow and circulatory blood derived genes. Bone marrow still leads ahead of umbilical cord blood for some procedures and diseases, but it is widely believed in the medical community that the trend will sway in favor of cord blood even more in the near future.

The future of this new type of treatment is exciting, despite its current minority status in the world of transfusions. Scientists are almost certain that an person´s own cord blood will, at some point, be effective in the treatment of their own cancers. This is because the majority of adult cancers simply aren’t genetically derived, whereas pediatric cancers invariably are.

Medical researchers are hard at work finding ways of manipulating the leukemia gene, so that eventually even your own blood may be used to cure yourself, thus making cord blood even more valuable as an insurance against future ailments and disease.

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