A History of Collaboration

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A History of Collaboration

Unanimous approval by both the LSU Board of Supervisors and the Tulane University Board of Trustees of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for governance of the UMC led to the signing of the MOU in New Orleans by Governor Bobby Jindal, DHH Secretary Alan Levine, LSU System President Dr. John Lombardi, and Tulane University President Dr. Scott Cowen on August 28, 2009.

What You Need to Know About Cord Blood Banking

What You Need to Know About Cord Blood Banking

Cord Blood Banking Explained

Cord blood is collected from the umbilical cord of a baby after its cut. It is then stored for possible future treatment in a cord blood bank.

Pros

The cord blood contains cells used to treat more than 80 different blood diseases like leukemia and sickle cell anemia. The stem invades on healthy bone marrow. They replace it with healthy cells to make other healthy cells which help fight disease. Private umbilical cord tissue banking by Cell Care ensures that there will be access to the best possible match if the baby ever needs it. As research advances, there’s tremendous promise for the future of stem cell treatments

Cons

Cord blood banking for babies is expensive. It’s not a guarantee for every health risk, and hopefully they’ll never have to use it. How are parents supposed to weigh yet another significant expense against the chance that their baby may or may not ever needed it? As of today, any use beyond treating blood diseases is still being researched.