Articles for Parents
Stem Cells: A Gift for Life During the Holidays – Inspiring Stories of Hope and Healing Illuminate the Festive Season
We highlight how stem cells have saved lives over the festive season. A time when everybody is joyous and filled with merriment; some people face devastating news that could have life-threatening outcomes. The motivational tales of these four stem cell success stories highlight individuals who have benefited from stem cell-based treatments.
Ingenious 6: Stem Cell Therapy’s Vital Role in Modern Medicine
Stem cell therapy offers groundbreaking possibilities in medicine, with applications spanning tissue repair, drug testing, disease modeling, gene therapy, immunotherapy, and personalized medicine. While still in early stages, ongoing research promises to transform treatment options and quality of life for patients with diverse medical conditions.
From Chemoresistance to Hope: Targeting Cancer Stem Cells in Breast Cancer
Cancer is one of the main causes of illness and death worldwide and accounts for about 20% of all deaths in the modern world. Cancer research has resulted in the development of several novel ways to detect and treat cancer patients. An element that contributes to the failure of treating cancer in the original development […]
Hope on the Horizon: Stem Cells Offer a Lifeline for Depression Sufferers
Depression, impacting millions globally, often eludes effective treatment. Scientists are investigating the potential of stem cell therapy to tackle its root causes. Stem cells in the brain’s hippocampus may offer hope by regenerating neurons and reducing inflammation, potentially revolutionizing depression treatment.
Inherited Genetic Diseases and Scientific advances after the “The Boy in the Bubble”
An extraordinary boy enthralled the globe at the start of the 1970s. Years later, his tale is still developing in remarkable ways. When David Vetter was born in September 1971 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, he was diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), which was practically a death sentence. In fact, his 7-month-old SCID […]
The Power of Placental Stem Cells: Placental Banking for a Healthier Family Future
CryoSave offers Placental Banking in addition to Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Banking to provide our parents with the extra advantage of placental tissue and amniotic membrane banking. Thanks to this extra tissue in addition to cord blood and cord tissue, other illnesses can now be addressed.
United in Hope: DKMS’s Sunflower Day Initiative and the Power of Stem Cells
In a world of medical progress, the DKMS Sunflower Day shines as a symbol of hope against blood cancers. Beyond raising awareness, it offers life-changing prospects to countless patients. This annual initiative by DKMS, once known as the German Bone Marrow Donor Center, urges people to register as stem cell donors. As blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma persist, Sunflower Day’s bright emblem serves as a beacon of light. Learn how this initiative saves lives by expanding the donor pool and offering hope in the battle against these life-threatening diseases.
Spring Babies: The Season of Sunshine and Smiles
Did you know your birth season could influence your life? Spring babies tend to be happier and imaginative, but face unique health risks. Explore the surprising connections between birth season and personality traits, health outcomes, and career paths in this eye-opening article.
Epigenetics Changes and Women’s Health
Recent DNA research illuminates the epigenome’s pivotal role, dispelling gene immutability. Chemical marks from environmental factors sculpt gene expression through DNA methylation, histone modifications, chromatin remodeling, and noncoding RNA. Epigenetics steers development, health, aging, and disease, unearthing connections between nature and nurture. Maternal nutrition influences offspring’s epigenome, impacting long-term health. Stem cell biology hinges on epigenetic cues, guiding differentiation. This dynamic framework opens novel avenues in medicine and reshapes gene-environment discourse.
Transforming Leukemia Treatment: ‘Off-the-Shelf’ CAR-T Cells Offer Lifeline to Patients
In the battle against “cancer of the blood,” a groundbreaking leukemia treatment has emerged as a beacon of hope. Conventional approaches like surgery and chemotherapy often fell short, leaving patients with limited survival rates. However, the emergence of immunotherapy, particularly CAR-T cell therapy, has ignited a new era.
Advantages of Umbilical Cord Blood over Bone-Marrow and Peripheral Blood Progenitors Transplants
Explore the diverse potential of umbilical cord blood (UCB) beyond oncology. Discover how UCBs are making strides in treating nerve and heart disorders, offering promising avenues for future transplants. Learn about the exciting prospects of UCB applications in groundbreaking medical advancements.
Unlocking the Mind: How Stem Cells Could Revolutionize Mental Illness Treatment
Recent developments in genetics and neuroscience have opened new doors in the classification and treatment of mental illnesses. Stem cells, particularly induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), offer promising avenues for regenerating neurons, influencing brain functions, and aiding cognitive and emotional recovery. Discover the groundbreaking potential of stem cell therapy in transforming psychiatric treatments.
Unlocking the Future of Healthcare: What is Cord Blood- and Tissue Stem Cell Banking?
What is cord blood and tissue stem cell banking? Find out how stem cells collected directly after birth could safeguard your baby’s future health. In this article we delve into what it is and what it could mean for your family in the future.
Revolutionizing Blood Cancer Treatment: Cord Blood Transplants Provide Hope for Non-Matched Patients
Explore the incredible strides in blood cancer treatment with cord blood transplants. Discover how this groundbreaking alternative is providing hope for patients worldwide.
Protecting the Future: How Early Mental Health Care for Moms-to-Be Protect the Future of Their Children
Joy and excitement are part of the experience of having a new baby, but unfortunately so are anxiety and depression. It is believed that 50% of new mothers have at least minor depressive symptoms during pregnancy that go untreated.
What are the costs of cord blood banking?
Although it may sound like an expensive option initially for many parents, having the ability to treat many life-threatening diseases in the future is truly priceless. Below is a breakdown and explanation of the costs of stem cell banking.
Vitiligo: The chronic skin condition that affects people’s social lives
Vitiligo is a chronic skin condition caused by the death of melanocytes leading to patches of discolored skin. Vitiligo affects all races across the globe and sometimes leads to social aversion as in some communities.
Choosing the Right Stem Cell Bank: Private, Government, or Community – What Parents Should Consider
Discover the various options for stem cell banks and their implications for your family’s future health. In South Africa, the absence of a public cord blood bank presents challenges, but private and community banks provide alternatives. Learn about costs, storage periods, and the benefits of private cord blood banking.
Men’s Health: The top health risks and how stem cells could assist in future
Following healthy habits in your average daily life can reduce the risk of many illnesses, disorders and diseases. In this article we’ll address the health risks associated with men’s health and how stem cells may be used in future to treat some of them.
10 Reasons to choose cord stem cell banking for your baby
Stem cell storage can provide a variety of advantages for families, including potential medical treatments and peace of mind. Here are ten reasons why you should consider storing your child’s stem cells.
Vaccines and Stem Cells
Vaccines are the most efficient and cost-effective means of preventing infectious disease on a global scale. However, traditional vaccine approaches have thus far failed to provide protection against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis, malaria, and many other diseases. New approaches to vaccine development are needed to address some of these intractable problems. The first vaccine […]
Treating cerebral palsy and brain injury with cord blood-derived stem cells
Umbilical cord blood (UCB) therapy has the potential to improve poor movement skills and cognitive behaviour (thought processes, reasoning, memory recall) in children with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the brain during early brain development. This usually happens before a child is born, but it can occur at birth or during early infancy.
South Africa has experienced an increase in early delivery of baby’s post COVID-19. This is confirmed by a preterm birth rate of 11%. Babies who are born early may suffer from long-term health issues that could include e.g. cerebral palsy, mental retardation, visual and hearing impairments, and general poor health and growth problems.
Cord Blood- and Tissue-Derived Stem Cells: Can Autism be treated?
Autism diagnosis rates have tripled in less than two decades. Approximately 1 in 44 children has been identified with ASD. Currently, several clinical trials are investigating the use of stem cells derived from cord blood and/or cord tissue. These trials are designed to ease or decrease the symptoms of ASD and is not a cure.
Glaucoma and stem cells
Glaucoma causes damage to cells in the optic nerve, the part of the eye that receives light and sends it to the brain.
Obesity the Silent Killer: Stem cells might provide new hope
Obesity is a multifaceted chronic disease whereby changes on a cellular level and overall functioning of the body, can lead to metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, heart disease, problems with fertility, muscular damage, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, chronic pain, and psychological problems(anxiety among many others).
The Sound of Progress: Stem Cells and Hearing Loss
Acquired sensorineural hearing loss (SHL) happens after birth and is usually permanent. Could stem cells help treat this disease in future?
Although many major discoveries have assisted in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer – new cancer cases have continued to climb worldwide. Authorities believe that many cancer related deaths can be prevented.
When a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy then we classify it as a preterm birth. Worldwide an estimated 15 million babies are born too early every year. This means that 1 in 10 babies are born premature. Globally the preterm birth rate is on the increase.
Diabetes During Pregnancy
Pregnant women with Diabetes will usually have a healthy baby. However, careful planning, monitoring and understanding how pregnancy affects diabetes and vice versa is of vital importance. When a person has diabetes, they have high blood sugar, which can cause major problems with blood vessels and nerves, this in turn can lead to damage to […]
How cord blood stem cells save lives
In the past 4 decades the recognition of stem cell treatments has drastically increased, mostly due to its high efficacy and recorded success rates of up to 80%. It is estimated that 1 in 3 people might one day benefit from regenerative cell therapy.
Burns Awareness and Prevention
While thousands of scald burns occur annually, increased awareness of the dangers can prevent injuries. Following a few simple precautions will help keep you and your little chef safe from potential burns:
Pippie Kruger: a courageous stem cell success story
Isabella “Pippie” Kruger was made famous when as a 2 and a half year old burn victim from Limpopo she received a ¬revolutionary skin transplant operation. Pippie was severely burned when a bottle of gel firelighter exploded while her father was lighting a braai on New Year’s Eve. She suffered 80% full thickness third-degree burns.
Cord Blood Transplants Provide an Opportunity to Treat Blood Cancers
According to statistics only about one-quarter of the people who need an allogeneic (unrelated donor) transplant have a sibling who is a genetic match and able to donate stem cells. The other three-quarters need to find another donor for their transplant.
Epigenetics and Motherhood
Epigenetics explains how early experiences can have permanent effects. The genes children inherit from their biological parents provide information that guides their development. For example, how tall they could eventually become or the kind of temperament they could have.
Delayed Cord Clamping
The subject of delayed cord clamping (DCC) has been researched and discussed in numerous studies. The most important consideration at the time of the delivery is the health of the mother and baby. Delayed cord clamping has been shown to be beneficial to the baby and thus in the setting of cord blood banking, delayed clamping is an acceptable practice and is encouraged.
COVID-19 in pregnancy
Two-thirds of women who get COVID in pregnancy will have no symptoms at all, the majority of those who develop symptoms will experience mild flu-like symptoms, and only a very small number will develop severe disease.
A summary of COVID-19 Mesenchymal stem cell therapy to date
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone, some more than others. For many families, it means making changes to daily routines because of financial hardships. For others, it means raised anxiety in children and tension in parenting relationships. It can be difficult to cope with the “new normal”, since everything we are used to has changed, […]
Graft-versus-Host Disease: Know your donor
For more than five decades, Haematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cell transplantation has been recognised as potentially curative therapy for certain types of cancer and non-malignant disorders. Umbilical cord blood has emerged as a viable alternative source of blood-forming stem cells which could be made available, without delay, to the child or a sibling. Parents now have […]
Know the difference: Family vs Community Cord Blood Banks
Private vs Cord Blood Banking: What you need to know When parents are expecting a new baby, they have many important and big decisions to make, especially when it involves your precious little person who is about to join your family. It is important to do thorough research to allow you to make informed decisions, […]
Can umbilical cord blood be used to treat autism?
Over the years, umbilical cord blood has been found to be a highly effective source of stem cells for transplants to treatvarious diseases.
The Application of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells in the Treatment of Covid-19
We at CryoSave South Africa wish to assure all clients that we are structured to be fully operational during the Nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. Together with ourSupport Services, we trust that we will be able to continue to provide you with an excellent service and keep you updated on recent developments in the field of stem […]