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How long does cocaine stay in the babies cord blood?

How long does cocaine stay in the babies cord blood?

Not where we look: If you have come under suspicion for drug use we don't look at cord blood to track the exposure. Your urine would usually be tested in labor as would the babies first pee. The best record of any drug exposure is the kids first poo. It can retain a record of any drug exposure from the point the body begins to make it at about 12 weeks right up to delivery.It retains at least several months of data ...Read more

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Cord Blood (Definition)

Blood from the umbilical cord contains stem cells that can be used for blood ...Read more


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Can an infant's cord blood be used to cure or treat type 1 diabetes in the mother?

Can an infant's cord blood be used to cure or treat type 1 diabetes in the mother?

NO: At this point this type of treatment is only active in the laboratory. Meaning it has not been tried on a wide scale level in human patients and is not fda approved at this time. ...Read more

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Can I use my baby's cord blood save a friend? How do I find out if they match?

Can I use my baby's cord blood save a friend?  How do I find out if they match?

Matched and adequate: Yes, you can-if it is qualified. The main criteria for selecting umbilical cord blood for transplantation are whether the cord blood is hla match /or closely match and whether the cord blood has enough nucleated cell dose for the recipient. Your cord bood bank director is able to facilitate your wish and coordinate with the bone marrow transplant coordinator where your friend is treated. ...Read more

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I want to save the cord blood of my next baby were can I find out more info on doing this?

I want to save the cord blood of my next baby were can I find out more info on doing this?

Saving Cord Blood: Ask your ob/gyn about local facilities that they coordinate with for this service. ...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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How far back can baby cord blood be tested?

How far back can baby cord blood be tested?

Stem cells: Cord blood is stored as stem cells which are viable for up to 16 years for sure and likely a lot longer. It collected by a special method at birth and stored in a designated place. All the best. ...Read more

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Should I collect and store my baby's cord blood?

Should I collect and store my baby's cord blood?

Cord blood banking: Cord blood contains stem cells which can be useful for transplantation into the infant or fully matched family member in the event of certain illnesses, mostly uncommon ones. The process is quite expensive and controversial. Benefit may be present if a known family member has a history of one of the diseases for which stem cell transplant is a possibility. The AAP maintains a cautious stance. ...Read more

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Can I sell my child's cord blood to someone needs it.

Can I sell my child's cord blood to someone needs it.

Doubt it: I believe there are federal laws that prevent selling of biological materials like the cord blood.Many cord blood banks pay for the acquisition and processing of this material to make it available for anyone who needs it, at cost. If you paid to have your kids processed & stored it is yours,but rules that cover body parts like kidneys would likely prohibit such sales.You might be able to donate it ...Read more

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I need to know any reasons for not donating my baby's cord blood after it is born?

I need to know any reasons for not donating my baby's cord blood after it is born?

No medical reason: There is no medical contraindication for this, the only reason not to would be if you have philosophical reasons against it. ...Read more

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Should I bank my baby's cord blood?

Should I bank my baby's cord blood?

No: You should donate your baby's blood to help everyone, not waste your money by banking it only for yourself. Details: http://pediatricinsider.Wordpress.Com/2009/02/01/cord-blood-donate-it-don%e2%80%99t-bank-it/. ...Read more

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How can I bank my baby's cord blood?

How can I bank my baby's cord blood?

Talk to nursery: Banking cord blood should be arranged before or at your admission to your birthing center. Asking for information from your ob, pediatrician, or birthing center. ...Read more

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Where do doctors usually keep the baby's cord blood once you have the baby?

Where do doctors usually keep the baby's cord blood once you have the baby?

Cord blood: is usually collected at birth in a sterile tube and sent directly to the laboratory for evaluation of blood type and bilirubin level. Cord blood stored for banking is processed differently, and methods may vary. ...Read more

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Can a spinal cord injury be treated with a baby's cord blood?

Can a spinal cord injury be treated with a baby's cord blood?

STEM CELL: Yes, it is possible, injecting stem cells in spinal canal may result in regeneration of the spine and help to regain the function of the spinal cord, a lot of trials on animal models are very promising now a days. ...Read more

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Does storing your child's cord blood cure multiple sclerosis?

Does storing your child's cord blood cure multiple sclerosis?

Not yet: There is no evidence that your child's tissue will assist ms in future. Research in stem cells too primitive at this point. ...Read more

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What are the benefits if I bank my baby's umbilical cord blood?

What are the benefits if I bank my baby's umbilical cord blood?

Comfort: With advances in technology your newborns cord blood can be stored as a hedge against future needs.Stem cells from the cord blood could be used in the future as part of a treatment for such devistating illnesses as leukemia.Future research may allow us to use them to help build spare parts. Some parents do for personal use.Some hospitals collect them for a stem cell bank that might help others. ...Read more

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Is it true that cord blood after having a baby would be helpful for a child with a plastic anemia?

Is it true that cord blood after having a baby would be helpful for a child with a plastic anemia?

Possible...: Cord blood transplants are currently being evaluated in clinical trials as a curative treatment for those with aplastic anemia. There is not a lot of data using related cord blood transplants (cord blood from unaffected sibling), most of it has been using unrelated from cord blood banks. ...Read more

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After delivering baby: doctor cut the umbilical cord against my wishes and she took the cord blood without explanation. Why did she rush to take it?

After delivering baby: doctor cut the umbilical cord against my wishes and she took the cord blood without explanation. Why did she rush to take it?

Cord blood studies: Obstetricians routinely gather placental blood samples to send for tests.The most common are the blood type and coombs test but other tests also.A blood gas to quantitate the amount of fetal stress during labor & delivery is very time sensitive and must be drawn immediately to get valid results.These help baby and bypass having to draw the blood from babies small veins. Sad you were not informed. ...Read more

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How long does marijuana stay in a baby's cord blood ? I have a friend who is pregnant and did not find out until 5 months and was smoking at the time

How long does marijuana stay in a baby's cord blood ? I have a friend who is pregnant and did not find out until 5 months and was smoking at the time

Unclear question: If your question is, "if you friend quits smoking weed now, will the cord blood show marijuana?" then the answer is no. Marijuana can be detectable in the urine of a chronic user for a few weeks after the last exposure. ...Read more