A mother and father’s genes play a significant role in their baby’s development; from growth in the womb, to blood type. From pregnancy through to their adult life, your child’s blood type is one of the most important pieces of genetic information to be aware of.
Back in 2017, an initial study began to investigate whether infusions of cord blood can improve the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young children. Following Phase I and Phase II trials, the results were revealed in the Journal of Pediatrics in June 2020.
Gage, who was conceived by IVF, was born naturally after a full-term pregnancy. His parents chose to delay cord clamping, while taking the additional precaution of banking his cord blood stem cells after birth. However, at six months old, Gage’s mother, Renee, began to worry about his health after noticing some unusual behaviours. Gage’s crawl was asymmetric, he made repetitive movements, and he did not make eye contact.
A new clinical trial has been launched, investigating the potential treatment of Covid-19 symptoms with umbilical cord-derived MSCs (mesenchymal stem cells). The trial, which was given immediate authorization by the FDA, will take place on 24 Covid-19 patients.
Ozzy Osbourne is reportedly making an “amazing” recovery after receiving stem cell therapy in Panama for Parkinson’s disease. The legendary Black Sabbath front-man was diagnosed with the brain disorder in 2003, and recently delayed his 2020 North American tour so he could go for the experimental new treatment.
While we are all united in the fight against coronavirus (or COVID-19), there are many questions arising from expectant mothers about how the virus could affect pregnancy and cord blood banking. To keep you safe and in-the-know, we have compiled some of the most commonly asked questions and answers on these important topics.