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    Sarah_Lotus is offline Registered User
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    Below are some links I’ve found about various diseases that cord blood collection claims to cure:

    Leukemia
    http://berkeley.edu/news/media/relea...tfeeding.shtml
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10528028

    Lymphoma
    http://www.breastfeeding.com/all_abo..._leukemia.html

    Brain tumors
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0419132403.htm

    Neuroblastoma
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/mp7467wc1unyxu81/

    Ovarian Cancer
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17450440

    Testicular Cancer
    http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/97/19/1446.full

    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/ma...ticlekey=40310
    (For mother rather than baby)

    Sickle Cell Disease
    http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...atrics_el_1988
    (Not evidence for reducing disease but very interesting comment)

    Multiple Sclerosis
    http://www.breastfeeding.com/all_abo..._about_ms.html

    Did you know that there is a component in breast milk called HAMLET – Human alpha-lactalbumin made lethal to tumor cells – which actually kills cancer cells?
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12665051
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15867328

    Also there are stem cells in breast milk – this means that babies are meant to ingest stem cells as they grow – I have no idea what health implications this has but it seems like it should be important.
    http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20081102-16879.html
    http://www.themedguru.com/node/35809 (speculation)
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/...-dilemmas.html (more speculation)

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    howardcoombs is offline Registered User
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    For those interested and reading about the above mentioned diseases and how cord-blood can help cure them, search and look at the articles carefully. In almost 100% of the cases, the cord blood used to treat the condition did not come from personally stored cord blood but rather from blood banks.

    Personally stored cord blood is experimental at best and for most people a complete waste of money. It is only useful in extremely rare cases.

    Donate it (if you can find someone to take it) and do some good, but paying and storing it yourself is a big waste of money except for a very minute number of cases.

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    My oBGYN told me that the chances if having to use the cord blood was minimal in this day and age...

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    Thanks Sarah! That's some really interesting news you have here.

    Well, I'm still pretty for Cord blood if you ask me, since I've already signed up to store mine. I've done a lot of my research too before signing up with this service! From what I've heard, there were cases where there was a person who was willing to donate her cordblood, but the patient couldn't wait long enough for her generosity. Another one was that the success rate of a transplant by using your own blood will be much higher compared to one that is donated by a third party, since the 'blood match' would be higher.

    Breast feeding is definitely a great factor and I am looking forward to doing that, as it contains the most nutritious substance we can ever have. I'd say breast feeding is more like 'trying to prevent' the disease from happening..whereas, signing up to store your cord blood is to 'buy an insurance' incase something does go wrong.

    Donate it if you wish and you can still have a chance of saving a life!

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    howardcoombs is offline Registered User
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    For a good, concise set of recommendations from American Academy of Pediatrics, I would point ppl to this:
    http://aappolicy.aappublications.org...rics;119/1/165
    Specifically the section titled recommendations. I've excerpted the points here, for full version follow the link above:

    1) Cord blood donation should be discouraged when cord blood stored in a bank is to be directed for later personal or family use
    2) Cord blood donation should be encouraged when the cord blood is stored in a bank for public use.
    3) Because there are no scientific data at the present time to support autologous cord blood banking and given the difficulty of making an accurate estimate of the need for autologous transplantation and the ready availability of allogeneic transplantation, private storage of cord blood as "biological insurance" should be discouraged.

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    Sarah_Lotus is offline Registered User
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    Not really to do with cord blood but rather with stem cells.
    But I thought this was amazing!
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80...damaged-heart/

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    Seven private cord blood bank are available in HK

    1. Smartcells (UK)
    2. CordLife (Singapore)
    3. Cryolife(HK)
    4. Healthbaby (Taiwan)
    5. APSC (HK)
    6. Prostem Cell (HK)
    7. StemLife (Malaysia)

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