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• Embryonic Stem Cells (AKA Pluripotent Stem Cells)
• Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
• Adult Stem Cells
• Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs)
• Found in umbilical cord blood
• Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs)
• Found in umbilical cord tissue, the placenta, and bone marrow
• Amniotic Epithelial Cells (AECs)
• Found in the placenta
Adult stem cells are tissue-specific or blood-forming, meaning they are more mature than embryonic or induced pluripotent stem cells. More mature stem cells are more stable and less likely to have unwanted mutations. (Source: Nature)
Unlike adult stem cells (those found in umbilical cord blood, tissue, and the placenta), embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells are so immature and unstable that they even have "the potential for increased frequency of serious cancer-causing mutations." (Source: University of Exeter)
Umbilical cord blood, tissue, and placenta can potentially be used for the baby themselves, but also siblings and possibly other family members.
This information was gained by adding figures from childhood incidence of diseases and extrapolation based on the 18-year figure (multiplying some annual figures by 18 to reach the number).
Possibly, but a donor's hematopoietic stem cells could be rejected, which could be fatal. Being related to the donor or being the donor yourself increases the chances of survival.
On top of that, using donor stem cells is exorbitantly more expensive than banking umbilical cord blood at birth.
According to Mayo Clinic, using bone marrow stem cells requires medications to increase the number of stem cells in your blood and can likely damage bone marrow, whereas umbilical cord blood stem cells are non-invasive and rich resources of stem cells.
Required dosages for treatments vary, but for a Duke University study on cerebral palsy, for instance, a child's own cord blood stem cells were sufficient. A combination of the child's own and a donor's is being explored as being less risky than using solely a donor's stem cells.
Patients can request the release of stem cells from an umbilical cord blood bank like Anja Health to a physician overseeing the treatment. Treatment occurs via an IV of the entire bag of cord blood stem cells or localized injections.
"I created Anja because my brother's last chance at treatment for cerebral palsy was umbilical cord blood and we couldn't find a match because we're mixed race."
– Anja Founder, Kathryn Cross
💡 Stem cells are your body's master cells—they can repair and replace damaged blood and tissue cells.
Cutting-edge science has enabled the use of stem cells to help treat a variety of diseases, damage, and disorders. Stem cells can be extracted from blood and tissue samples that would otherwise be discarded as medical waste.
❓ Did you know? Some hospitals charge up to $800 for the disposal of your umbilical cord and placenta.
Storing these stem cells allows you to access them at any time. In the event that your child has a serious disease, you will always have the option of a stem cell treatment—an opportunity that few patients have. At Anja Health, we believe that stem cells are the best way to future-proof your family’s health.
Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) in the umbilical cord blood can reconstitute the immune system and have been used to treat cancers, blood disorders, immune disorders, and metabolic disorders.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) in the Warton’s Jelly of the umbilical cord tissue are being used in clinical trials to treat Alzheimer’s, dementia, diabetes, stroke, wounds, and heart disease, and to slow aging.
The placenta is a powerhouse containing both Amniotic Epithelial Cells (AECs) and Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs). Both are being looked at to treat neural degeneration, anti-aging, and promote the birth mother’s health.
Every Anja product includes the following:
✓ Umbilical Cord Blood
Potential uses: Cancers, Blood disorders, Immune disorders, Metabolic disorders
✓ Umbilical Cord Blood ✓ Umbilical Cord Tissue
Potential uses: Cancers, Blood Disorders, Immune Disorders, Metabolic Disorders, Heart and liver Disease
✓ Umbilical Cord Blood ✓ Umbilical Cord Tissue ✓ Placenta
Potential uses: Cancers, Blood Disorders, Immune Disorders, Metabolic Disorders, Heart and liver Disease, Diabetes, Injury/Wound Healing
*Monthly installments over 8 years cover 20 years of storage. Save 10% when you pay upfront.