7 things you probably do not know about stem cells

Most of us have heard about the amazing benefits of stem cells with an inherent property of getting into sync wherever they are replenished. They acquire the property of the local cells and multiply there enabling the organ or body part to heal at the earliest. Being extensively used in treating various cancers, sports injuries and many other long term diseases, these cells can also be preserved for future to be used in the impending ailments of that person. Apart from what we have heard and learnt, the stem cells have many unique things about them which are not commonly available as information. Let us have a sneak peak of the life changing stem cells.

· All mammals have stem cells: All the mammals have stem cells but they are not necessarily in the umbilical cord blood. As there are few mammals that lay eggs, the stem cells are present in other parts of their bodies because they do not have umbilical cords.

· The stem cells are on the repairing job: Stem cells on the back end are continually active and are on the repairing and maintenance job all through the day. The stem cells in your body are capable of maintaining and repairing heart, blood, bones, muscles, skin and other stipulated regions of the brain.

· There are different types of stem cells in the body: Stem cells are found from four different sources such as early stage embryos, bone marrow, umbilical cord blood and soft tissue at the centre of the teeth. Each of them has their own functions. Pluripotent stem cells are the ones which can grow into a specialized cell. Multipotent stem cells are extensively found in the umbilical cord blood or bone marrow of the adult tissues. These cells have comparatively lesser potential to develop into a specialized cell.

· Blood and immunity developing stem cells can treat as many as 80 diseases: Cancers affected to various parts of the body, metabolic and immune disorders such as Lymphoma, Leukemia, sickle cell anemia are treated using the blood and immune making stem cells. The responsibility of stem cells as a natural repair system in the human body holds incredible capacity for therapeutic and regenerative application.

· Stem cells are mostly used in the areas where they needed to be multiplied: Since the technology is extremely advanced, it is still unregulated by the governing authorities. The treatment of sports injuries is the mostly impacted arena where the stem cells are extensively being used.

· Stem cells from the donors do not hold good: Stem cells always sync perfectly with the stem cells of one’s own body. The transplant procedures using the stem cells of donors are highly vulnerable to risks which can be fatal and hazardous at times. The donor’s stem cells may be potentially against the body’s cells as they identify them as foreign bodies and may attack them. This is termed as GVHD- graft versus host disease. Liver, digestive tract, skin are usually affected by the GVHD resulting in vomiting and joint or muscle pain. The host is also at the risk of organ damages, multiple infections, cancers and infertility.

· Stem cells are found in higher density in the umbilical cord blood: More than in adult bone marrow, stem cells are found in the umbilical cord blood of a new born baby. There is a system where in these stem cells are collected from the umbilical cord and preserved for a life time. They can be reused when the body cells worn out in old age to replenished.

So far, there have been more than one million stem cell transplants performed from bone marrow, umbilical cord blood and peripheral blood. Scientists have been experimenting on using stem cells as the ink for 3D printing technology to craft organs, bones and skin. Hope these investigations bloom to another level putting mankind into an elevated phase of health with the help of the amazing stem cells.

Preserving your baby’s umbilical cord blood is one way to ensure a healthy future for the baby. If unsure, consult your doctor or speak to an expert from a private cord blood bank like Cordlife who will help your understand the benefits of cord blood banking.

Cordlife, the oldest and largest network of stem cell banks in Asia Pacific, serves the needs of the mother and child. Since 2001, Cordlife aspires to deliver the highest of quality standards in service and product offerings to their clients. With state-of-the-art-laboratories located in 6 different countries across South East Asia (Singapore, India, Phillipines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong), and strategic brand presence in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar, Cordlife is able to offer the most advanced processing and cryopreservation technologies for both cord blood and cord tissue stem cells. Cordlife laboratories have been accredited by FACT (Singapore), AABB (Singapore, India and Hong Kong) and CAP (India and Hong Kong) in addition to other requisite licenses and certifications like DCGI, ISO, WHO-GMP and US-FDA. Cordlife India singularly offers a storage capacity of 150,000 cord blood units with a provision to scale up as and when required.

Having been in the forefront of the stem cell banking industry for more than a decade, Cordlife has adhered to its values of integrity, honesty and pursuit of excellence, for which they have been recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 200 ‘Best Under a Billion’ Companies in Asia (2015) and also been titled as the Most Transparent Company by SIAS Investors, Singapore (2013) and Asia Pacific ‘Stem Cell bank of the Year’ by Frost and Sullivan (2016). e