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The Many Benefits of Cord Bloodstart life out right
In recent years the use of cord blood has been gaining more attention, and with that attention more research is being done on the many benefits of cord blood. Because of the way in which cord blood is gathered, it is easy to donate and faster for those that need it to find a suitable match from the blood that has been collected and stored for use. There is also no risk to the mother or infant that the cord blood is collected from, making it an easy and stress free way to help. These are just some of the many benefits of cord blood, with though its uses and effectiveness in treatment is sure to increase as research is carried out.Cord blood can be used in much the same way as bone marrow transplants are used.
The case for cord blood to be used instead of bone marrow is currently gaining acceptance because cord blood does not require lengthy matching, or a painful and sometimes dangerous procedure. It should also be noted that unlike bone marrow, cord blood does not require an exact match between the donor and the patient. With the faster process and matches performed easier, a large donor pool, screening and more aggressive harvesting are not needed.In addition to the illnesses and treatments that cord blood can be used for, there is the added benefit of a decrease in infections and viruses that can be transmitted.
There are many viruses transmitted via blood transfusions, even with careful screening, but cord blood has a lower risk of incidence because most infants have yet to be exposed to these blood diseases and viruses.More recently the use of cord blood is being tested out in the treatment of diabetes, a blood based disease. This and other clinical trials will hopefully yield more regenerative treatments for ailments such as stroke, sensory illnesses, cardiac disease and brain injury