Hyping up the benefits of private cord blood banking

A first-of-its-kind study carried out in India, published on May 26 in the journal PLOS ONE, has revealed that the general understanding of umbilical cord blood banking is “poor”. Only 26.5 per cent of the 254 women studied knew what it meant. Besides poor awareness, one-third of the women studied had “unrealistic expectations” from cord … Continue reading Hyping up the benefits of private cord blood banking

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Focus on quality at Jeevan Stem Cell Bank

After setting out a 70:30 ratio for storing public and private cord blood units when it started collecting units in late 2008, the Chennai-based Jeevan Stem Cell Bank has today become a purely public cord blood bank. "We stopped collecting private cord blood units since 2012,” said Dr. Saranya Narayan, Medical Director of Jeevan Stem … Continue reading Focus on quality at Jeevan Stem Cell Bank

Public cord blood banking scores a century

Published in The Hindu on August 20, 2009 The Jeevan Stem Cell Bank based in Chennai has crossed a major milestone. It has collected 114 cord blood units for public banking. This has been achieved in about eight months since the Bank started collecting the units. Jeevan Stem Cell Bank, a unit of Jeevan Blood … Continue reading Public cord blood banking scores a century

Public cord-blood banking becomes a reality in Chennai

Published in The Hindu on January 1, 2009   Public cord blood banking in India has got a great fillip after the Chennai based Jeevan Stem Cell Bank has been recently licensed to collect cord blood units for both public and private storage. “We have already collected 13 units for public storage,” said Dr. P. … Continue reading Public cord-blood banking becomes a reality in Chennai

Public stem cell bank: dump not, donate cord blood

The Jeevan Blood Bank, based in Chennai, plans to launch Jeevan Stem Cell Bank before the end of March. The accent is on public banking with 70 per cent of its initial capacity of 2,500 units earmarked for the said purpose. The main source of stem cells will be umbilical cord blood that is otherwise … Continue reading Public stem cell bank: dump not, donate cord blood

Editorial: Cord blood in public banks

Published in The Hindu on February 16, 2007 Nearly eight years after it issued a set of guidelines for banking cord blood, the American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with a new set of recommendations to help guide physicians in providing parents with correct information on the issue of cord blood banking and the … Continue reading Editorial: Cord blood in public banks

Private cord blood banking discouraged

If the recommendations in 1999 by the American Academy of Pediatrics were strongly in favour of public cord blood banking, the new set of guidelines that the Academy published recently in the journal Pediatrics is no different. In India, cord blood banking has been more of private than public banking. Private cord blood banking is … Continue reading Private cord blood banking discouraged

We will break even in three years, says Dr. Srinivasan

Chennai, where a private cord blood bank is situated, will soon have a public cord blood bank. Dr. P. Srinivasan, Director of Jeevan Blood Bank, Chennai, intends to start a public cord blood bank to run on a not-for-profit basis. He discusses some challenges that a public cord blood bank would face and how he … Continue reading We will break even in three years, says Dr. Srinivasan

Making a case for public cord blood banking

Cord blood banking, an alien concept till a few years ago in India is becoming popular, courtesy a few private companies that have begun operations. Cord blood harvested at the time of baby's birth is one of the sources of stem cells. The stem cells in cord blood have the potential to treat many diseases … Continue reading Making a case for public cord blood banking