To Show or Not to Show

To Show or Not to Show

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 9/16/2015 4:45:22 PM
I often go through a similar thought process before signing up to exhibit at expecting parents expos. At first, the deterrents rear their ugly head. But in the end, I overcome all of my own objections for one simple reason: I feel compelled to educate expecting parents on the importance of cord blood banking. 

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The Role of Stem Cells in the Treatment of Sports Injuries

The Role of Stem Cells in the Treatment of Sports Injuries

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 9/10/2015 1:32:01 AM
There has been a lot of buzz around—and a number of athletes who have undergone—stem cell treatments for athletic injuries.  With umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue being a readily available source of stem cells, and an alternative to bone marrow stem cells, the question arises: could cord blood stem cells stored today in cord blood banks, one day be used to treat sports related injuries?

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A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 8/27/2015 1:26:01 PM
When our son, Patrick, was two years old, he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Therapists frequently tell me that he is the hardest worker they have had. He is very determined. As his parents, we are determined to try everything possible to help both of our boys succeed. When Patrick was three, we discovered that we were expecting another baby. My mother, who is a midwife, asked me if I was going to bank this child’s cord blood. She had attended a continuing education seminar that had talked about the benefits of cord blood banking and how they are doing a lot of research on using stem cells to treat Cerebral Palsy. We decided as a family to bank our 3rd child’s umbilical cord blood stem cells with Quorus Technology International in the hope that they may eventually be able to be used for Patrick.

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Delayed Cord Clamping and Cord Blood Banking

Delayed Cord Clamping and Cord Blood Banking

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 8/14/2015 9:10:51 AM

To the Conscientious Parent, You Can Have it All

Parents who make the decision to store their baby’s cord blood and cord tissue are thinking ahead, wanting to do right from the start (even before the start), and taking steps to do whatever they can to protect their baby down the road. Today, many conscientious parents are also considering delayed cord clamping (DCC), a practice in which the umbilical cord is not clamped immediately. What many consciousness parents don’t realize is that you can do both. Growing evidence supports the fact that parents can both delay clamping and store stem cells from cord blood, without choosing one over the other. But to get the best cord blood specimen, you need to choose the best processing method, Quorus Technology’s PrepaCyte CB.

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Cord Blood for Brain Injury: A Synopsis of the Latest Research

Cord Blood for Brain Injury: A Synopsis of the Latest Research

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 7/14/2015 9:41:05 AM
Unfortunately, available treatments for neurological injuries are limited in scope as it stands now. Most therapies are aimed at managing the symptoms of the conditions rather than the underlying causes. There is tremendous interest—and strides being made—in developing stem cell therapies as potential treatments to repair damage, regain function and improve quality of life in patients with neurological disorders. The use of umbilical cord blood as a source of stem cells for such therapies represents a potential sea-change in treatments and results. 
 

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How Long Can Cord Blood Stem Cells be Stored? LONG!

How Long Can Cord Blood Stem Cells be Stored? LONG!

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 4/17/2015 12:32:13 PM
Our Cord Blood Field Educators get asked this question all the time. It’s towards the top of our list of Frequently Asked Questions. How long can cord blood stem cells be stored? This month, an article in Nature magazine, endorses and provides evidence that the length of cryopreservation of cord blood units does not diminish from the viability of the cells for use in transplant.
 

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Quorus Technology International is Lighting it up Blue!

Quorus Technology International is Lighting it up Blue!

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 4/2/2015 12:28:13 PM
April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day and as such it’s a terrific opportunity to “Shine a Light On Autism,” by spreading awareness of the disease and some of the advances being made in treating it. 
 

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Family Banks all Five of their Children’s Cord Blood with Quorus Technology International

Family Banks all Five of their Children’s Cord Blood with Quorus Technology International

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 3/10/2015 11:51:29 AM
In this month of March Madness, when people around the country are crazed with their office pools and cheering on their college alma maters, I met up with a very special, five-person team who’ve been playing together their whole lives. 

The team is from Ecuador and its players range in age from nine to just shy of a month old. It’s a very progressive group, allowing 3 girls (Isabella, Stella and Amanda) and 2 boys (Juan Diego and Joaquin Andres) to play together at every position. These are the Baquerizo children, and they are part of team Quorus Technology International.
 

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Stem Cells are Making an Impact in the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

Stem Cells are Making an Impact in the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 2/16/2015 11:47:10 AM
Stem cell research is making giant leaps that are revolutionizing the way we treat diseases. New and promising uses for umbilical cord blood stem cells (a source of hematopoietic stem cells) and umbilical cord tissue stem cells (a source of mesenchymal stem cells) continue to be discovered. In seeking out potential treatment for multiple sclerosis, current trials show the benefit and promise of the use of hematopoietic stem cells and mesenchymal stem cells to treat the symptoms of MS. 
 

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

  • By Valeria Arcila
  • Posted 2/11/2015 11:28:41 AM
When it comes to parenting, there is no shortage of judging; in fact the judging and unsolicited opinion- giving starts when the first person recognizes you’re pregnant and it continues through delivery, child-rearing and even how to deal with your empty nest when the kids are all grown up! This reality is at every bend, we have choices, multiple choices, and sometimes the abundance of choices are confusing.

When it comes to cord blood banking, we try to make the choice clear. The decision to bank cord blood is one of the most important decisions a parent will make before their baby is born. As one of our cord blood educators just expressed to a parent, “I consider this my mission in life to make sure parents are educated fully about cord blood and cord tissue preservation.” You are collecting your baby’s master stem cells that can possibly be used to treat over 80 diseases today and probably many more in the future. Your baby’s stem cells will serve as a repair kit for your baby throughout their life as we move more into regenerative medicine.
 

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Founded in 1989, Quorus Technology is the world's first family cord blood bank.  More than 500,000 parents from 87 countries have entrusted Quorus Technology (and our affiliates) with their baby’s cord blood collections.  Since inception, 100% of our clients’ collections have been successfully viable upon thaw, a statement that no other cord blood bank has made. Quorus Technology's services include umbilical cord blood and cord tissue banking. Quorus Technology's industry leading, state-of-the-art laboratory and storage facility are situated adjacent to its corporate headquarters. This proximity allows our executives to directly oversee the daily operation of the most secured, efficient, and technically advanced facility.

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