Neonatal stem cells
Stem cells exist in human embryos, placenta, umbilical cord, umbilical cord blood, bone marrow and peripheral blood. All tissues and organs need to be continuously refreshed and repaired throughout our lives. Stem cells play a key role there!!
Advantages of Cord Blood Transplantation
High Purity:Umbilical cord blood has not been polluted / contaminated by radiation, drugs, poisons and germs among others.
Strong Vitality:Umbilical cord blood stem cells have strong ability to differentiate and produce new cells.
Easy Sourcing:It is easy to collect umbilical cord blood without hurting babies and mothers.
High immediacy:Umbilical cord blood is collected and refrigerated at birth and ready for use anytime.
Less Infection:It is particularly the case when compared with the own peripheral blood of a patient.
Less Rejection:When umbilical cord blood is used for allogeneic transplantation, there is less rejection and lower incidence of graft-versus-host disease.
High Compatibility:Exact HLA matching is not required, leading to high matching rate.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare has announces 29 Indications for Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation:
I. Clinical judgment is still required for the suitability of this technology for patients with any of the above indications.
II. All entities, who have adopted this Measures, should implement its amendment dated June 8, 2005 within six months from the date of its promulgation.
"Regulations Governing the Application of Specific Medical Examination Technique and Medical Device" from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Executive Yuan