Healthcord Webinar Series
Current webinar: An introduction to stem cells
What you will learn
What are stem cells?
Diseases currently treated with stem cell therapy
Difference between cord blood and cord tissue stem cells
Clinical trails exploring the future potential of stem cells
An introduction to stem cells
This article focuses on stem cells, their uses and how scientists are exploring their potential to treat many different diseases.
Cord blood contains hematopoietic stem cells and they give rise to other types of blood cells. Hematopoietic stem cells are found in the bone marrow of adults.
Cord tissue contains a different type of stem cell known as mesenchymal stem cells. They have the ability to give rise to bone cells, muscle cells, cartilage cells and nerve cells.
Together cord blood and cord tissue contain two different kinds of stem cells that can be used to grow many different cell types in the body.
Today, hematopoietic stem cells are used to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases such as cancers, immune system disorders, blood disorders and metabolic disorders.
Stem cell research is one of the fastest-growing areas of research. Currently, there are over 1000 clinical trials exploring the use of both cord blood and cord tissue stem cells to treat diseases like osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, breast cancer, liver failure and arthritis.
When we look at trials involving mesenchymal stem cells (one type of stem cells found in cord tissue) between 2005 and 2015, the number of trials has increased by 10-fold.
When these trials are broken down by stem cell type and transplant type, both types of transplants are being equally explored.
Let’s just say scientists are only at the tip of the iceberg in terms of developing new treatments for diseases using stem cells.
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