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Cord Blood Awareness Month

Cord Blood Awareness Month every July, serves the purpose of educating people and raising awareness regarding the importance of cord blood. Not sure what cord blood is? It is the blood and tissue that is derived from the placenta and the baby’s umbilical cord. Over time, doctors have realized how essential this blood is, hence, an extra effort is put into spreading awareness regarding cord blood advantages. Today, cord blood is used across the world to cure numerous diseases — making it a natural wonder that can only be obtained from the miracle of birth. This month, save lives by doing all that you can to spread awareness regarding cord blood.HISTORY OF CORD BLOOD AWARENESS MONTH

Did you know there are about four million births in the U.S. each year? With so many babies being born, the hospitals must have a large amount of cord blood saved, right? Wrong! While the statistics for birth may be high, cord blood is collected only 5–10% of the time. The rest of the time, it is discarded as medical waste. This is mostly because of a lack of awareness regarding cord blood procedures, as well as the benefits it can provide for mankind. This is why July was declared Cord Blood Awareness Month by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Though the umbilical cord blood stem cells were discovered in 1978, the first transplant did not happen until 1988. From there, the medical history as we know it completely evolved. Doctors became more aware of the uses of cord blood and began to research the diseases it can cure, which include leukemia, blood diseases, Alzheimer’s, as well as immune disorders. It was also discovered that cord blood was more effective than a bone marrow transplant — therefore it’s not a surprise that more and more people are opting for cord blood transplants every year.

As clinical trials continue to find out more benefits of cord blood and the diseases it can help heal, the popularity of the transplant continues to surge. In fact, athletes such as Rafael Nadal and football legends such as Christiano Ronaldo and David Beckham have opted for umbilical cord stem cells to treat sports injuries.