Although many people perceive the use of cord blood as the medicine of the future, patients worldwide have been treated with this rich source of regenerative cells since 1988. Over 80 diseases and disorders are currently being treated with stem cell transplants derived from cord blood, and 8,000 of these procedures have been performed to date.
So what types of conditions are treatable with stem cells? View a comprehensive list of diseases.
The benefits of cord blood in treating many other diseases and disorders are also being vigorously studied by researchers. For example, type 1 diabetes, also known as Juvenile Diabetes, has been shown to improve if treated shortly after onset with an infusion of autologous (your own) cord blood. This field of study, known as Regenerative Medicine, is largely viewed in the medical community as the primary focus of future medical technologies.