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The Importance of Cord Blood

The Importance of Cord Blood

The blood that stays in the baby’s placenta and remains attached to the umbilical cord even after cutting is what we can call cord blood. It is generally loaded with stem cells and can be used later in life to cure several fatal diseases. Earlier, this blood was not given importance in medicine and no one would store the blood for future medical use. However, the importance of this blood was discovered after thorough research and it is now possible to save this blood. Several banks specialize in the storage of this kind of blood. The reason cord blood is so important is because it has stem cells. These stem cells can regenerate themselves and form other organs, tissues etc. They have natural properties to develop immunity since they are not exposed to virus or any other diseases. The blood is pure and immature, thus it is even better than bone marrow. Research states that almost 80 diseases can be treated with stem cells and it can be used any time in the future. However, these cells have a life span; they cannot be stored for more than 15 years. Nevertheless, technological advancement may increase the storage life of these cells. In this article, we shall discuss the advantages of cord blood.

Advantages

No need for perfect match – Unlike bone marrow this blood does not require a perfect match. It can be used even if there is slight match between the donor and receiver. This is one of the most crucial factors and can prove to be very helpful during emergencies.

No complications – Cord blood transplant or use for medicinal purposes does not involve any risks. Thus, there are fewer complications when this blood is used for treatment. It does not attack the patient’s own tissues, nor does it interfere with treatment.

It is ready to use – The process of collection of this blood is done with extreme care and precaution. It does not require any testing since it is collected and frozen only after proper testing. The blood is readily available and a match can be obtained quickly.

Rich source – Cord blood is a rich source of stem cells. It has ten times more cells as compared to bone marrow. Hence, a lesser quantity can be used for treatment. Moreover, it doesn’t require a perfect match and can save a life. It is a social cause and imagine how good you will feel if you can save someone else’s child. Indeed, a beautiful experience, since you are giving a new life to someone through the act of donating. The procedure for storing is not at all complicated and it can be collected without any disturbance to the mother or baby. The collection process is effortless and risk free.

Think about it, save the cord blood for your own future and for saving many more lives. Take this conscious decision.…

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Trust – What Consumers Really Want From Their Banks

Trust – What Consumers Really Want From Their Banks

Amidst re-branding moves and January sales, new consumer research is showing that banks should really be focusing on how they can rebuild trust between themselves and the UK public before keeping up appearances and offering cash-back to new savers.

Consumer watchdog Which? surveyed over 2,000 individuals in an attempt to gauge what the UK public want from banks in the coming year. More than half of those asked admitted that their New Year’s resolutions were related to saving money, with younger savers (16 – 24 year olds) being the most money-conscious.

However, statistics regarding the customers opinions of their banks were a little more telling, with 77 percent asked stating that those within the industry should have customer trust as their New Year’s resolution. Additionally, 85 percent stated that it is very important that banks listen to their customers, while 83 percent called from the government to listen to both the public and the banks as they work to reform the industry.

The recent Which? findings are part of a wider scheme called the Future of Banking Commission which aims to bring together the opinions of the public, government, banks and others in an effort to better the financial sector.

The outright call from the public for banks to put trust at the forefront of their New Year’s plans is a positive finding and good first step for the unique commission which aims to give a voice back to those who have been hit hardest by the banking crisis – especially after a succession of reports have been published without any public opinion.

The data comes ahead of four events throughout the year in which customers, bankers, MPs and businesses will all be able to express their opinions on the future of the sector before a report is published later in the year. Hopefully then, the ultimate goal of the report and the commission for renewed consumer confidence in the banking system as the UK moves out of recessionary times will be realized.…