As most of my readers are aware, I have a great interest in healthcare and research. I myself take part in mental health research and I am a research champion for the National Centre for Mental Health.
Other than a research champion, I love to give my advice and support to parents and parents to be on my blog.
Last night I come across some very interesting information that I would love to share with my readers. Stem cell storage.
I heard about stem cell storage a few years back and wondered how long it would be until this was an option for new parents.
What is stem cell storage?
Stem cell storage is cord blood banking. This involves collecting blood left in your newborn’s umbilical cord and placenta and storing it for future medical use. Cord blood contains potentially lifesaving cells called stem cells.
If you have a history of illness in your family, or if you’re generally planning for your baby’s future, stem cell storage might be something that you want to consider.
Stem cells can be used for treatment of certain illnesses, because they’re special cells that can be turned into different types of blood cells.
Currently, the stem cells can be used to treat conditions like leukaemia and lymphoma, but scientists hope to be able to use stem cells for even more treatments in the future.
More information can be found on Netmums