Category Archives: Stem Cells

Stem Cell Banking Information For Pregnant Women

Stem cell banking is a trend that is catching up in different parts of the world. Stem cells from umbilical cord blood are collected at the time of delivery when the cord connecting the baby to mother is cut.

Stem cell therapy has the potential to radically change the treatment of human disease. Cord blood technology has been used in the US since 1990. Parents and guardians are increasingly seeking to store their children’s stem cells as an insurance policy against future life-threatening diseases.

Stem cells have the potential to grow into any other type of cells. They are the building blocks of the blood and immune system that can reproduce into other cell types, including heart, muscle and nerve. Within a few weeks, 300 people have approached us for information on stem cell banking.

Umbilical cord blood stem cells have been used over the years in an increasing number of treatments including leukemia, malignant tumors, blood disorders, red cell disorders and more.

Currently research in the use of stem cells to treat more than 85 diseases is being undertaken. Stem cells are the natural repair kit of the human body. In the last few years, more than 10,000 patients in over 150 countries have been treated with cord blood stem cell transplants.

Europe’s largest stem cell banking company, Cryo-Save, also launched operations in India recently. The company sees huge potential in this business and has has invested in 10 stem cell storage banks. The company is offering a stem cell storage kit at Rs.75,000 (about USD 1500) that includes the cost of collecting stem cells at the time of delivery to processing and preserving it for next 21 years. The company has also tied up with several hospitals and gynecologists to make expecting mothers aware about the benefits of stem cell therapy.

We believe similar companies operate in US also, though the costs maybe higher. While it is hard to plan much ahead in life, it looks like there are couple who are ready to spend and buy this “stem cell banking” insurance for their kids future health. As always, please ask questions before opting for any service, and insist of clear answers in layman’s terms, and get all agreements in writing.

Stem cell therapy ‘could cut liver transplants’

The liver is known to be one of the few major organs able to regenerate itself when parts have been removed. With that as the basis, scientists believe they can encourage this natural tendency by inserting stem cells into the damaged livers of rodents. More specifically, they used Mesenchymal stem cells found in the bone marrow.

Scientists have discovered a new way of treating liver failure — the technique involves inserting stem cells into the damaged organ so that it is encouraged to repair itself and create new tissue.

“We have identified a non-hepatic source of cells that can easily be expanded to the scale required for clinical application,” Dr Martin Yarmush, who led the study published in the Public Library of Science journal.

According to the researchers, the treatment will allow patients to live long enough for a new organ to found and could even enable the liver to completely heal itself so a transplant is no longer needed. The demand for new organs is currently so high that many patients die on the waiting list or are taken off because their condition deteriorates to the extent that they would not survive the operation.

More details are available in this report by The Telegraph in London.

How to prevent and fight cancer?

Hello and welcome. The few minutes you spend on this page may just be the best thing you did for your health this year and beyond. This page is about understanding, preventing and fighting cancer, which I have seen from close. I hope you will gain valuable information by the end of this article. First, a quick fact check.

Did you know that?

  • Cancer can attack any age group, not just older people.
  • There are over 200 types of cancer.
  • 30 to 60 % cancers are linked to your lifestyle (important for those with high travel & stress)
  • You can prevent or cure many cancers by changing diet and lifestyle.
  • In 200+ human studies, carrots consistently emerged as a top cancer-fighting food.

Guide to Fight Cancer

Over the last two years, I underwent some surgeries (non-cancerous), and during my multiple visits to the hospitals, I came across several instances of people hit by cancer – many in their 20s, 30s, and 40s – working as managers, engineers, bankers, lawyers, teachers, pilots, etc.

One person with back pain thought it was due to frequent air travel and was taking pain killers for several months– turned out to be spine cancer. Another person thought his skin had been itching due to weather changes– was actually skin cancer. Lung, Breast, and Colorectal cancers are even more common. My discovery of year 2006 was that cancer is much closer to us than we realize.

While I am not a medical professional, the Molecular Biology I studied at Stanford University is enough to help me in understanding cancer technically and assessing the huge amount information on the Internet.

What amazes me is that many companies and websites are charging up to $200 for such essential information, or they will share it with you if you buy their consultation, products, pills, etc.

Each patient wished he or she knew it before. So I have prepared a guide with all essential information, for free, so that you and everyone can read it. It has information extracted from a variety of sources like reputed organizations like and, blogs by cancer patients, and research notes by biotech companies. Wish you great health.

Let's support Cancer Research

About the author: Shankar AVSB is the Director for Alpha Neuron, the leading business resource to help executives with difficult business decisions. He has worked with 100+ business directors on various business challenges. He follows various topics on healthcare and also leads He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, and has also studied at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Personal Note: Please question and investigate why a treatment is being suggested to you and what alternatives were considered. ‘Intelligent Decision Making’ does not get any more serious than when you are fighting cancer.