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Cord Blood Awareness Month: Understanding Still Low, Despite Medical Advancements
Date:7/1/2009

-09-03-24.pdf" target="_new">"The Cord Blood Education and Awareness Act of 2009," which supports the Institute of Medicine guidance to better educate expectant parents about their options for donating or banking their child's cord blood. HR 2107 also seeks to bring healthcare professionals up-to-date on the value of cord blood banking and makes grants available to reach crucial segments of the population, such as minority communities and families with a genetic history of treatable diseases.

About Cord Blood Awareness Month

July has been designated as "Cord Blood Awareness Month" by the American Hospital Association's Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD) with the goal of raising awareness about newborn stem cells from umbilical cord blood, which have been used for more than 20 years to treat nearly 80 diseases. Today, medical researchers are using cord blood stem cells to evaluate new treatments for diabetes, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, hearing loss and other regenerative therapies. By providing education about the medical value of cord blood stem cells and the available banking options, Cord Blood Awareness Month strives to empower expectant parents to make informed choices regarding their family's future health.

About Cord Blood Registry

Cord Blood Registry(R) (CBR(R)) is the world's largest stem cell bank, focused on the collection, processing and storage of newborn stem cells from umbilical cord blood and ensuring their viability for medical use. CBR is the most recommended family cord blood bank by obstetricians and was the first family bank accredited by AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks). The company has been profitable and cash flow positive from operations on a cumulative basis since 1999. To date, CBR has processed and stored cord blood units for nearly 300,000 newborns from around the world and has released more client cord blood u
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