What is Stem Cell Therapy? How Does it Work? Is it Effective?
The families of children with cerebral palsy have few treatment options. These treatments include a range of physical and psychological therapies. Among the different types of therapies, one of the most popular is stem cell therapy.
Stem cell therapy is when parents agree to store their child’s cord blood at birth. Simply storing this cord blood can be a lifesaver because cord blood can be used to treat numerous types of cancer and immune system disorders.
Although stem cell therapy has been successful to a degree, it is quite arduous to tell the effects of stem cell therapy on a macro scale. The main reason for this is due to the fact that stem cell therapy and other therapies are measured at the same time which makes it almost impossible to tell which therapy is doing what, and the time frame in which the therapy is doing it. However, a recent test on lab rats shows that not only does stem cell therapy work, but it gets the job done faster than other therapies as well. In recent news, a clinical study has just begun (started in December of 2013) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in order to study two different forms of stem cell therapies for children who have cerebral palsy. We’re keeping an eye out for the results.
It is recommended that you save your child’s cord blood at birth, even if you don’t think your child will have use for it at the time. The cost is usually around $2,000, but the benefits can be priceless.