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    An_247470 posted:
    Hello,

    I have a question that I thought I would ask. I am expecting a baby in November and a family member has MS. I am not very close with this person and I didnt want to upset them by asking them my question. I was wondering if there are any treatments that cord blood (and stem cells) can help with MS? We are thinking about public donation of our babies cord blood, but if it could help my family member, I would rather offer it.

    Thanks!
    Ashley
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    hackwriter responded:
    Dear Ashley,

    There is no existing treatment of MS using newborn cord blood cells. Stem cell research is still in its infancy, so to speak, and any MS treatments using them right now are experimental, potentially harmful, and unregulated.

    Below is a link to an MS Society article explaining more, and provides an explanation for why storing cord blood for future treatment of family members is discouraged:

    http://www.nationalmssociety.org/research/researchers-need-you/donate-to-tissue-banks/umbilical-cord-blood-donation/index.aspx

    I would encourage you to do your own internet research on this subject, too, there's a lot of info out there.

    Hope this helps.

    Kim
     
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    Soonerslp responded:
    Hi. I have MS and was considering banking the cord blood for my use possibly. I did some research and talked with my cousin who is an Ob/gyn an she said it would not be beneficial, at least not from cord blood. There was a 60min show recently that said at this point stem cells will not help MS or any othe disease. I was kind of bummed! More studies are just needed. At the same time, it wouldn't hurt to store it because who knows what the future brings!


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