How Could Cord Stem Cells Help Cure Patients with Diabetes?


It is said that cord blood stem cell have been successfully used for the treatment of patients with type 1 diabetes. Cord blood stem cells used to “reeducate” (as the term used) the immune system T cells of diabetic patients by making their pancreas to start producing insulin again, to reduce the amount of insulin needed to inject. It becomes successful to treat with long-standing diabetics who believed they have no ability to produce insulin anymore.

Type 1 diabetes develops when the own immune system of the body attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. This results to body that can’t produce enough insulin and can cause high blood sugar to damage all the organs in the body.

Research shows how scientists developed a procedure called “Stem Cell Educator Therapy” where the blood of the diabetic patient is circulated through a closed loop system that separates lymphocytes (it is a class of immune cell that includes T cells) from the entire blood. Then, co-cultures them with cord blood stem cells from healthy donors that take two up to three hours before returning the “re-educated lymphocytes” to the blood circulation of the patient’s body.

The results show that patients had some residual beta cell function (moderate type 1 diabetes) and the required insulin dose for the patients was down by 38% at the 12th week. Patients who received the Stem Cell Educator Therapy improved levels of C-peptide, a biomaker used to measure how beta cells are working (a protein fragment that is left behind when the insulin is process in the pancreas).

Learning the Differences Between Cord Blood and Cord Tissue


The abundance of stem cells and medical use of stem cells are growing, collecting and preserving cord blood and cord tissue are wise enough to invest for family’s future health.

Cord blood stem cells and cord tissue stems cells have different functions. Cord blood is the blood found in the vein of the umbilical cord and placenta at the time of baby’s birth. It is rich in Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) which is the foundation of immune system in our body. It is used for treatment with over 80 diseases namely leukemia, lymphoma, anemia and congenital gene deficiencies.

However, cord tissue stem cells contains Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) which develop into structural and connective tissue. It contains unique and powerful stem cells that may help repair and heal the body in different ways than cord blood could do. It is now under investigation for over 40 clinical trials now to see and know its potential on therapeutic applications. It holds the fact that someday it will treat debilitating conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung cancer, Parkinson’s disease and even injuries to bones and cartilage.

Banking cord blood and cord tissue to safeguard your family’s future health and could help your baby or the whole family the opportunity to take advantage of future medical discoveries.

How Important is the Cord Blood Banking Process?


The preserved components of the umbilical cord blood are called stem cells. Stem cells are cells that form all the tissue and organ cells of the body which are used to replace other cells that are abnormal or have been destroyed by diseases.

Through umbilical cord blood banks which are categorized into three namely private, public and direct donation banks are a great help on pursuing this process. Private banks charge initial fee for collection, additional fee for processing plus a yearly maintenance fee to preserve the cord blood for use by the specific donee. On the other hand, public banks don’t charge for collection but don’t reserve the blood collection for the specific donor and donations are available to the general public. Direct donation banks are also free of charge for collecting and accept family-specific donations to reserve for the family.

Banking cord blood form a child could possibly be used for other child’s sibling but with a positive genetic match. Cord blood stem cells treated diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, blood disorders, congenital metabolic disorders and immunodeficiencies. Engaging to this process has low rate of taking risk for transmission of infection and the procedure for both mother and child.

Cord blood once saved usually takes to use quickly or a couple of weeks. The volume of cord blood collection from 50- 100 mL that should provide dose for a child.

Getting To Know More About Cord Blood Registry (CBR)

Cord Blood Registry (CBR) is one of the most leading industry dedicated to technical innovations, gives access to current treatments and stem cell application for unstable condition or with no cure. A cord blood bank that passed the standards of cord blood collection and storage regulations made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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With recent discoveries have shown that the blood in the umbilical cord of a baby contains stem cells that can help treat some conditions, and once removed safely after baby’s birth will be tested to ensure that the required amount is eligible to store in the bank. This is where Cord Bank Registry takes responsibility to store up to ten years and can be retrieve when required for a stem cell treatment.

At this point, CBR has stored over 500,000 cord blood and cord tissue stem cell units and is the leading cord blood bank company recommended by most OB/GYNs and expecting parents. From 3,500 hospitals in over 100 countries, has undergone 17 product upgrades and partnered with institutions to establish FDA-regulated clinical trials, 4 out of 7 clinical trials are still active and recruiting participants.

CBR provides healthcare kit that help increase the collection of cord blood. This CellAdvantage Collection Kit manages a crush-resistant, temperature protected and electronically tracked kit. This kit actively transforms into a cube to encase the blood or tissue collection to ensure its protection and safety. CBR also created an automated and functionally closed stem cell processing technology called AutoExpress Platform.
Cord Blood Registry maintains standards for cellular therapy services through AABB accreditation, FDA-registration, and CLIA certification as well. CBR is found in San Bruno, California and owned 80,000 square foot laboratory located in Tucson, Arizona. It is a registered trademark of Cbr Systems, Inc.

How Dental Stem Cells Change Medicine?

Today, scientists and doctors learned to cope the unique stability of stem cells to treat cancer and genetic blood disease with the help of bone marrow transplant. However, thousands of clinical trials are under the demonstration of using stem cells, and yet many researchers and fields of research believe that stem cells treat disease, heal injuries and grow to replace tissues like bone, cartilage, nerve, skin, muscles and blood vessels to give a well and quality life in the near future.

Stem cells have a great impact in repairing and replacing damaged tissue in our bodies. It is different from ordinary cells which only replicate to make new cells of the same type such blood cells generate more blood cells or skin cells are able to make more skin cells. That is why many scientists and doctors have big interest about the growing stem cells.


With this unique type of stem cell that treats disease, injury and from deteriorating of tissue due to aging called Mesenchymal stem cell. It is found on high concentrations in the healthy dental pulp of our teeth. It can form tissues such as bone, nerve, muscle and blood vessels and repairs body tissues itself; and plays an important role in healing by suppressing inflammation.

This kind of stem cell can be gathered from baby teeth as they naturally loosen, from wisdom teeth being extracted, or from teeth extracted for orthodontic purposes. Don’t discard them as they may help your children capture the generative power in store for them. Every child is unique as well as their family history, so let this emerging treatment help you and your child. Through the help of Bloodbanker, banking stem cells could mean so much for your child’s quality of life and well being.

Banking Cord Blood: More than A Parent’s Responsibility?

Stem cells are the building blocks of your immune system. They are the type of cells that create new growth and development. If you are sick and your doctor recommends you to undergo stem cell transplant, you can only harvest it if you have a donor.

Stem cells in cord blood are as effective as the cells found in bone marrow. After years of investigation, doctors think cord blood stem cells might cure cancers, blood disorders, immune disorders, metabolic disorders, brain injury, cerebral palsy and type-1 diabetes.

“Do you really need to preserve your cord blood?”

This is the big question a lot of parents ask themselves. If you ask me, this is the type of question that requires decisive planning and thorough research. It’s not enough to answer it with a yes or a no because you can end up regretting your decision.

It’s true that storing cord blood is having a health insurance. You don’t know when you need it but you surely need it if your five-year-old child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

The question to ask yourself is: “How willing are you to bank cord blood for your child?”

American Academy of Pediatrics released an official statement and to them, there are no accurate estimates that your child needs his own stored cells. Perhaps, only one or ten children out of 1,000 will need their cord blood. Truth is – autologous (self) cord blood transplantation shows no effective effectiveness for the treatment of malignant neoplasms (abnormal growth of body tissue).

Banking a cord blood can be possible if you have the budget.

In this time of economic crisis, you must know how to prioritize your needs before your wants. Ask yourself “Is storing your newborn’s cord blood a need or a want?” If it’s your need, will you spend money to meet this need?

The cost of storing cord blood is expensive. The first year fees range from $600 to $1,840 depending on which family bank you choose and which payment plan goes well with your budget. Cord Blood Registry (CBR) is the largest and the most experienced stem cell bank in the world and its one-time payment for the first year is $2,195. Choose their monthly plan and you need to pay $61. You are also given the option to store both cord blood and cord tissue but the total first year fee amounts to $2,915.

For some, it’s not a big deal to spend $61 per month to assure the well being of your child yet, it can’t be denied banking cord is still your personal decision based on what you earned.

X Marks The Spot (A Short Film) Funded by BloodBanker

BloodBanker is seeking and supporting creative projects that need funding to get into production and be introduced into a larger market. With the help of, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, BloodBanker gets to help promising and potentially great projects from the world’s brilliant minds through funding and pledges. Check out other projects we’ve funded here.

One of the projects that BloodBanker has funded is “X Marks the Spot“, a short film by a production group at the Cambridge community television drama club. The team wants to improve their film and television production skills starting with this short film.

What is X Marks The Spot (A Short Film)?
“X Marks The Spot” follows the story of Xavier LaMarque, a janitor who is stuck in a world of disappointment. His only escape from reality are his day dreams where he takes on the persona of a private investigator named “X”.

"X Marks The Spot (A Short Film)"
X Marks The Spot (A Short Film)

The team will start with a short film but they plan to eventually make this into a feature length film or a scripted series for television. To get this promising project started, Erik Brown and the rest of the production team, came to Kickstarter gets the support that they need. The funds would be used for wardrobe, set design and talent fees for the artists.

The team’s funding goal was only $100 and since it’s not that hard to hit, they successfully reached their goal and was able to raise $121. If it weren’t because of the 6 generous backers who believed in the project, “X Marks The Spot “would just remain as a story written on a paper. Thanks to the backers, “X Marks The Spot” would now become a reality. Definitely, programs like these are only made possible by donations from people like you!

Educational Colorimeter kit Funded by BloodBanker

BloodBanker is seeking and supporting creative projects that need funding to get into production and be introduced into a larger market. With the help of, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, BloodBanker gets to help promising and potentially great projects from the world’s brilliant minds through funding and pledges. Check out other projects we’ve funded here.

One of the projects that BloodBanker has funded is Educational colorimeter kit, a project by IO Rodeo which is an open source company that designs scientific instruments for life science research and education.

What is a Colorimeter?
A Colorimeter is a device used in colorimetry that measures how the color is absorbed by a substance or object. This light-sensitive instrument is commonly used in science laboratories to measure the concentration of a solution from its light absorbing properties.

The Educational Colorimeter Kit
This Educational Colorimeter Kit is created by Will Dickson, Cisco Zabala and Joanne Long of the IO Rodeo. They purposefully designed this to be a kit rather than a pre-assembled device. No soldering is needed anymore because the electronics are already assembled. This is ideal to be used in classroom activities because it takes only 20-40 minutes to assemble and the step-by-step assembly instructions are written on the colorimeter user manual.

"Educational colorimeter kit"
Educational colorimeter kit

This educational colorimeter project includes hardware designs, electronic designs, arduino firmware, and user-friendly software tools for data collection and analysis.

The colorimeter hardware is made up of laser cut acrylic. Other design features include a cuvette holder for standard lab cuvettes and a sliding lid cover.

IO Rodeo wanted to turn this working prototype into an affordable classroom kit so that more students can access this improvised device. This is also designed for educators and DIY scientists alike.

But a project as ambitious and helpful as this needs sufficient funding to be manufactured. That is why they came to Kickstarter community to ask for financial support from backers to help them reach $8000. Thankfully, 129 generous people backed up this project and they were able to raise $10,000 pledge.

On behalf of IO Rodeo, we would like to thank the backers who supported Educational Colorimeter Kit. Students, educators and up and coming scientists will surely find an easier and more convenient way to help them with their lab work.

Revels SummerFaire 2012 Funded by BloodBanker

BloodBanker is seeking and supporting creative projects that need funding to get into production and be introduced into a larger market. With the help of, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, BloodBanker gets to help promising and potentially great projects from the world’s brilliant minds through funding and pledges. Check out other projects we’ve funded here.

One of the projects that BloodBanker has funded is Revels SummerFaire 2012, a project submitted by Debby Garman, the Executive Director of Portland Revels organization since 2006. Revels is all about honoring the seasons and the celebration is made more colorful and festive by the singing, dancing and other activities made for and by its diverse and wonderful people.

What is Revels SummerFaire 2012?
Revels SummerFaire 2012 is Portland’s new free public event in honor of the Summer Solstice. On June 23, 2012, they celebrated the Revels SummerFaire 2012 at the PSU Farmer’s Market. The mission of the event is to celebrate the seasons in community with different traditions and the performing arts. Garman and the rest of the organizers wanted this very special event to be unforgettable and grand, so they came to Kickstarter to ask the community to support this activity.

"Revels SummerFaire 2012"
Revels SummerFaire 2012

Obviously, to create an event as large and festive as this, they need money to support the activities ranging from the thousand of dollars for park permits, to big stages and excellent sound system, to the materials for kids to mess around and huge banners to make up for the parades. Fortunately, with a great spirit of community both from Portland’s people and online backers, Revels SummerFaire 2012 reached its funding goal of $3500 on June 18, 2012.

Who were there at Revels SummerFaire 2012?
Revels SummerFaire 2012 invited terrific performers to grace the main stage such as Revels’ ViVoce Singers, The Oregon Chorale, Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon, The Portland Peace Choir, Yiddish Republik, Original Practice Shakespeare, Bollywood Movez, Inspirational Sounds from Latin America, NW Conservatory of Dance and The Tir Eoghain Dancers.

Other sights “on the green” include performances from Renegade Rose Morris team, The Wild Rose Garland Dancers, and Storytellers from the Portland Storytellers Guild.

Revels SummerFaire 2012 also had volunteer hosts that offered hands-on workshops about the seasons and solstice and some arts and folks traditions to hook and educate children and families.

The Revels SummerFaire 2012 was a huge success. Thanks to the organizers who passionately worked hard in making this event a reality, to the local residents who gave their time and talent to the activities, and of course, to the 60 kindhearted backers who believed in the project. With a venue like Kickstarter, more local events like The Revels SummerFaire 2012 will have a chance to showcase their great share of artistry, creativity and draw the community closer than ever.

Spellbound Magazine Funded by BloodBanker

BloodBanker is seeking and supporting creative projects that need funding to get into production and be introduced into a larger market. With the help of, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, BloodBanker gets to help promising and potentially great projects from the world’s brilliant minds through funding and pledges. Check out other projects we’ve funded here.

One of the projects that BloodBanker has funded is Spellbound Magazine, a children’s fantasy e-zine edited by Raechel Henderson and Marie Tentchoff. It is published by Eggplant Literary Productions and is designed for kids ages 8-12.

What is Spellbound Magazine?
According to its editor Raechel Henderson, the whole idea of Spellbound Magazine is to make something we would have read when we were kids. Spellbound is a quarterly magazine where each issue has themes that revolve around fantasy creature such as dragons, shape-shifters, trolls and griffins.

"Spellbound Magazine by Eggplant Literary Productions"

They published a total of 16 issues from 1999-2003 but in 2003, they stopped publication because of budget shortages. The magazine received many glowing feedback from readers, parents and teachers, but because they have no advertisements and the cost of postage and printing became too heavy to bear, Eggplant Literary Productions had to stop their mission in creating great stories.

But almost after a decade of resting, the creators of Spellbound are back with a blast! They’ve decided to relaunch the magazine and they are going online. Eggplant Literary Production takes advantage of the increase of e-readership and they want to publish Spellbound as an ePub readable on Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers. In this way, they can bring fiction, art and poetry to an even larger audience than ever before.

They will publish four issues per year in ePub format and issues will be available from Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and Amazon for $5.00 each. You can also subscribe to them; subscriptions will be available with issues being e-mailed to subscribers for only $20 a year.

Spellbound Magazine has been Successfully Funded!
Luckily, Eggplant Literary Productions reached their funding goal of $4000 on June 9, 2012. With the help of 124 generous backers, Spellbound Magazine will come to life on December 2012 with their 1st issue – The Winter 2012 (Rings and Other Magic Things).

The lineup for their projects are:

  • Winter 2012 – Rings and Other Magic Things
  • Spring 2013 – Changelings and Doppelgangers
  • Summer 2013 – Dragons
  • Fall 2013 – Creatures of the Deep Dark Woods

The funded money will go to paying for content and production costs, and they can expand their readership and secure their second year and beyond. And since they are going electronics, the team will be able to pay their contributors more this time since they don’t need to spend much on the printing anymore.

Spellbound Magazine is a product of few of the world’s creative minds and passionate hearts. In behalf of the Eggplant Literary Productions, we would like to thank all the amazing backers who believed in this project. Spellbound Magazine provides a medium where people of all ages can believe in fantasies and magic, and where everyone who reads this can be a child once again.

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