There are now more than seventy diseases for which cord blood is the treatment of choice. This includes most leukemias, many cancers, and a host of relatively rare metabolic diseases. Researchers are currently testing these stem cells on virtually every major disease.
Duke University recently treated a toddler with cerebral palsy. Videos of this miraculous fifteen minute treatment show dramatic improvement in this child's speech and motor skills in just five days. A major trial for this disease using cord blood is now being planned.
CBS's Sixty Minutes not only documented the cure of a young man's sickle cell disease, but an actual change of his blood type.
Stork Medical, a private cord blood company, has launched a charity cord blood program for the military with "The hope, prayer, and expectation that the cord blood stem cells of a soldier's newborn will one day be used to repair wounds sustained in battle."
Whether or not these cells prove to be a cure of these dreaded diseases on a large scale and whether or not they become the treatment of choice for Diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, burns, paralysis, MS etcetera remains to be seen.
The best quality companies all perform the same services for a price that ranges from $1,700-$2,400 for the first year. After the first year, annual storage rates range from $99-$300/year. Payment plans and pre-paid multi-year storage discounts are typically offered.
Some companies make it difficult to determine the total charges and others make it easy. When storing, you need to make certain that the following services are included in the price quoted:
In addition, the company should be FDA registered and the lab should be fully accredited.
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