Using Cord Blood in Regenerative MedicineSeptember 27, 2018
Applications of Cord Blood in Regenerative Medicine
Umbilical cord blood has been used for the treatment of the many conditions that use stem cells since its first successful use in 1988. More than 20,000 transplants have taken place worldwide.
Cord blood contains hematopoietic and pluripotent stem cells that can regenerate into a number of different types of tissue in the body. These cells share characteristics with embryonic stem cells and mesenchymal stem cells despite being a safe and rich source of stem cells taken from discarded cord blood. There is much exciting research being undertaken on the use of these cells beyond their current uses.
Why Cord Blood is Useful in Regenerative Medicine
Cord blood-derived stem cells have many uses because of the advantages they have over other types of stem cells. They are painlessly and safely collected after birth. It is non-invasive and poses no harm to the mother or baby, meaning there are no ethical or moral issues.
There is minimal risk of infection and a low risk of rejection compared to adult stem cells. This is because the cord blood contains components responsible for greater immune tolerances.
Cord blood stem cells are used for a variety of treatments, including:
- Cartilage repair
- Joint, ligament, tendon, and bone repair
- Vascular diseases
Contact us today at West2North Medical Solutions for a consultation to learn how cord blood can help you with your condition.