Cord Blood America, Inc., in support of its stated goal to become the most respected stem cell preservation company in the world, has selected a Los Angeles based public relations agency, Somerville Associates, to get the company’s message out. Cord Blood America provides families with the ability to preserve umbilical cord stem cells, which can be used by the family at a later date, if needed, to treat diseases and potentially save a family member’s life. The company feels that public education is, at this point, the most important thing they can do, and expects Somerville to play a key role in that effort.

Stem cells are increasingly seen as a valuable weapon in fighting a variety of diseases. The umbilical cord contains a rich store of stem cells, and provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture and cryogenically preserve the cells for future use. As a result, the field of umbilical cord stem cell preservation is growing rapidly.

Cryogenically preserved umbilical cord stem cells have already been used to treat 75 major diseases, including leukemia, severe anemia, metabolic blood disorders, and immune deficiencies. In addition, medical research is currently underway to use these cells to combat heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, sickle cell anemia, and various cancers.

It is possible, according to some researchers, that umbilical cord stem cells may someday be able to be turned into any tissue in the body. For example, damaged hearts could be repaired and stroke-damaged brain cells could be replaced. Notably, umbilical cord stem cells totally avoid the ongoing controversies surrounding stem cells from other sources, such as embryonic stem cells.

Founded in 2002, Cord Blood America has established itself as a platinum standard national competitor in the umbilical cord blood storage industry. The company seeks to provide education regarding this life-saving opportunity to expectant parents, as well as to families with a history of disease and critically ill patients. Cord Blood America has bundled services, such as medical kit preparation, courier arrangements, 24/7 customer service, and single pricing, to make the whole process easier.

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