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What Do Babies Have To Do With AMD?
April 30, 2013

What Do Babies Have To Do With AMD?

My boss at my RN position recently became the father of a baby girl and of course she was delivered at one of our local hospitals. I found out from him about a recent service that is being provided by most hospitals who deliver babies.

It is the option to harvest the newborn's umbilical cord blood. Why is there such an interest in this cord blood that for centuries has just been thrown away? The reason for the increased interest is because of its rich supply of stem cells. Stem cells that can be harvested - without any harm to the infant or to the mother since it is collected after the baby is born and after the umbilical cord has been cut.

Umbilical Cord Blood Harvesting

Umbilical cord blood harvesting can be done in one of two ways:

1. Harvested for public storage so that it can be used for research or to treat or save the life of an unrelated person

2. Bank it for possible use by the child or other member of the baby's family

Stem cells have the ability to repair or replace damaged or degenerative cells with healthy cells. They also have the ability to differentiate into all kinds of different cells.

A new type of medicine called Regenerative Medicine uses stem cells from the umbilical cord and the placenta. They are finding potential benefit in the treatment of many degenerative conditions like Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and yes, even macular degeneration.

In fact there is currently a study that is recruiting patients with AMD that is using stem cells from cord blood as a potential treatment.

Find out where this clinical trial is being offered and who qualifies to be a participant by going to:

Dry Macular Degeneration Clinical Trials with Umbilical Cord Blood

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