You can protect your new-born’s future by preserving her stem cells safely, in a properly equipped cell bank. Research is underway on the prevention and treatment of various diseases / conditions using stem cells.
Some of them include:
Stem cells seem to be beneficial to the treatment of injuries to the spinal cord.Their ability to morph into any cell and regenerate helps them to repair any damaged part of the central nervous system. However, in adults, extracting the adult stem cells from the spine in order to heal the very same injured spine is a very painful, expensive and a possibly endangering process.
Diabetes mellitus affects millions of people worldwide, and is associated with serious complications that affect nearly all body systems. Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is a chronic disorder that results from destruction of pancreatic islet β-cells by one’s own immune system. No conventional intervention has successfully treated the disease. Therefore, due to the severity of this condition, there is a great deal of research being performed on alternative treatments and possible cures. The use of stem cells in treating diabetes is currently a significant area of research and the ongoing clinical trials suggest stem cells to be a viable treatment option for diabetics in future.
Cerebral palsy, a common reason for childhood disability, is a complicated disease with varying causes and outcomes. It has not only affected the quality of life of the patients but also added significant burden to the affected families who feel helpless at the lack of any cure for this ailment. Stem cells have shown a possibility of being a potential cure in treating cerebral palsy by addressing the root of the problem directly. Clinical trials are in the advanced phase of proving the effectiveness of the stem cells in treating cerebral palsy.
Muscular dystrophy is a genetic neuromuscular disorder where the affected patients experience progressive muscle weakness and degeneration followed by exhaustion of muscular regenerative capacity, fibrosis, and eventually disruption of the muscle tissue leading to fatality. No effective therapies are available at present. Stem cell therapy for muscular dystrophy had been under extensive research and have exhibited encouraging results in promotion of muscle regeneration and improved muscle function.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints. This creates inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints (the synovium) to thicken, resulting in swelling and pain in and around the joints. Stem cell therapy can promote healing by reducing the inflammatory effects on the joint without suppressing the human immune system.
Stem cell therapy is currently being researched for the treatment of diseases and conditions such as Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, autoimmune disease and even baldness. While research and clinical trials are in process with varying degrees of success, stem cell therapy holds the potential to offer a successful cure for these conditions.
Research and development on stem cells in India have been in the nascent stage, but now because of increased interest of doctors, scientists and prospective parents, more and more studies and research are being conducted in order to cater to this growing demand.
With affordable and scientifically sound stem cell banking becoming affordable in India, it is the most valuable opportunity for parents to safeguard the child and family by preserving their child’s stem cells for future use.