Stem cells may help repair the body by dividing to replenish cells that are damaged by disease, injury, or normal wear-and-tear of aging. When a stem cell divides, each new stem cell has the potential to remain a stem cell, or to become another type of specialized cell with a more specialized function. Adult stem cells can be found throughout the body. They are found as unspecialized cells among the specialized cells in tissues and organs, as well as in umbilical cord blood and peripheral blood. An adult stem cell can either divide to make more adult stem cells or differentiate to produce some or all of the major specialized cell type of the tissue or organ.

Umbilical cord blood is collected from the placenta with the birth mother's consent. Cord blood cells are isolated, processed, and frozen, then stored in a cord blood bank for future use, 

Stem cells are a biological product regulated by the FDA for the treatment of nearly 80 diseases, including autoimmune disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, disorders of immune system, degenerative joint disease, cardio and peripheral vascular disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diabetes, musculoskeletal disease, neurological disease, and blood disorders. In a cord blood transplant, stem cells are infused in to a patient’s bloodstream where they go to work healing and repairing damaged cells and tissue. A healthy new immune system can also be created. 


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