NC Army Base Joins Cord Blood Donation Program

The hospital at Fort Bragg has joined a North Carolina program to collect and donate umbilical-cord blood to help researchers and patients.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that Womack Army Medical Center has joined the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University Medical Center.

More than 3,000 babies are born at Womack each year, most to young and healthy women who have usually received good prenatal care. That increases the likelihood that their babies' cord blood will be usable for transplants.

Cord blood is collected from the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born. It is rich in stem cells that can be used in transplants to save the lives of patients with leukemia, lymphoma, certain rare inherited disorders and other diseases.

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  • by Ryan Smith Location: on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:55 AM
    Cryo-Cell, a private cord blood bank in business since 1992, has been very active in stem cell research and development. In 2007 C’elle was introduced, a service that enables women to collect and preserve stem cells from their menstrual blood. Stem cells found in menstrual blood may potentially be useful in future therapies to treat a number of debilitating conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. They also have the potential to be used in regenerative medicine and even cosmeceutical applications such as anti-aging and sports medicine. Stem cell research and development is growing rapidly, and within the past few weeks, Cryo-Cell announced several new initiatives for C’elle. Read more about the latest news and advancements from C'elle here in this recent interview with Cryo-Cell CEO Mercedes Walton: . -- Ryan Smith, Cryo-Cell Associate ,

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