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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Cord Blood (Overview)

Blood from the umbilical cord contains stem cells that can be used for blood and other genetic disorders.


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Why do we need to store cord blood?

Why do we need to store cord blood?

For a future illness: Cord blood has stem cells that could be used to re-establish the blood forming capability of a child who lost that ability when high dose drugs were used to treat a cancer or leukemia. Future research may allow us to use stem cells to form new body parts. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Cord Blood (Overview)

Blood from the umbilical cord contains stem cells that can be used for blood and other genetic disorders.


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Is cord blood good for other children?

Is cord blood good for other children?

Yes: The cord blood contains multipotential stem cells which can be transplanted to other children with certain medical conditions, e.g., mucopolysaccharidoses. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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Do i need to pay to donate cord blood?

Do i need to pay to donate cord blood?

Depends on the pgm: Programs where the cord blood is stored under your name for potential future use do require your payment. Some programs collect cord blood like a blood bank for anyone to use in the future as need arise and a match is confirmed.One such program at a local hospital requires no payment from doners. ...Read more

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How could my child use his cord blood?

How could my child use his cord blood?

Illness in self/sib: Banking cord blood is becoming widely advertised. Currently cord blood can be stored and used to treat about 100 rare illnesses in the donor or a brother or sister. We do not know all the ways cord blood will be used in the future, if at all. The cost of collection and storage vs the unknown future potential need to be evaluated by each family. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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How long can cord blood be stored for?

How long can cord blood be stored for?

Indefinitely?: At the present time, cord blood frozen and stored undisturbed in liquid nitrogen or equivalent temperature of minus 196 degrees celsius has no expiration date and could still potentially be used for transplantation after thawing. This is pretty much true also for any stem cell product (bone marrow, peripheral blood). Successful lab tests have found viable cord blood cells stored for 24 years. ...Read more

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Where and how does one donate cord blood?

Where and how does one donate cord blood?

Cord Blood Banking: The best information and way to approach donation of cord blood is found in this website: http://marrow.Org/get_involved/donate_cord_blood/how_to_donate/how_to_donate.Aspx. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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What are the benefits of saving cord blood?

What are the benefits of saving cord blood?

Help others: Cord blood is usually discarded. Cord blood transplant is increasingly used as alternative to bone marrow transplant for people with blood diseases, including blood cancer, immune system deficiencies. There are public and private cord blood banks. The actual benefits of collecting cord blood to be used in the future for the same individual need to be explained in a counseling session. ...Read more

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