Cord blood banking is the process of storing the stem cells that are derived from a child’s umbilical blood when they are born. It yields many benefits, not only for the donor child but also for their family members. Currently, few parents know about cord blood banking, but as the potential uses for the therapy expands, it is gaining more attention in the public eye.
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Cord blood stem cells have the ability to treat a wide range of blood diseases, including thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, leukemia and lymphoma. Researchers are also working on new ways to use cord blood stem cells, experimenting with the therapy in the treatment of cerebral palsy, diabetes, brain injuries and heart damage.