Cord blood research seems to be the new big thing in the investigation for Autism’s missing piece. Currently, the researchers are investigating the possible future uses and storage of the umbilical cord after the birth of their child.
Cord blood, specifically, is found in the umbilical cord and placenta. The blood found in the cord has a copious amount of young stem cells, which is being hypothesized to aid in the treatment of a number of different diseases and illnesses. These stem cells have a advantage over bone marrow stem cells because they are young and adaptable; also, due to these characteristics cord stem cells have a higher chance of being successful and not being rejected by the body. (Introduction)
So far the research has proved to be successful in the treatment for cancers, bone marrow abnormalities, metabolism abnormalities, and immunodeficiency disorders. (Introduction)
Today, clinical trials are being conducted to investigate new therapies. This investigation looks to using a child’s own cord blood stem cells for conditions that currently have no treatment. Several of these tests only use stem cells from CBR (Cord Blood Registry) as a way of ensuring consistent quality. CBR clients have exclusive access to these FDA-regulated trials.
The trials being conducted using CBR stem cells are currently being evaluated as potential treatment for:
“Autism – Dr. Michael Chez, director of pediatric neurology at Sutter Medical Center, begins a landmark clinical trial to test the use of a child’s own umbilical cord blood as a therapy to improve language and behavior in certain children with autism, who have no obvious cause for the condition such as a known genetic syndrome or brain injury.” ( )
Then it is also looking at therapies to aid hearing loss, traumatic brain injury, and cerebral palsy. (Committed)
This definitely is a positive step, if not for autism but for all sorts of disorders. Only time will tell, to see if we have gained ground in finding our missing pieces.
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“Committed to New Cures.” Cord Blood Registry. 2012. Referred to: Cord Blood Registry
“Introduction to Cord Blood.” Cord Blood Research. Referred to: Cord Blood Research