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A Recently Passed Bill in Florida Helps Inform Parents about Preserving Cord-Blood Stem Cells


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FLORIDA-LAWMAKERS RECENTLY PASSED A BILL TO HELP EXPECTANT PARENTS BECOME MORE INFORMED ABOUT THE STEM-CELLS THAT ARE CONTAINED IN A NEWBORN'S UMBILICAL-CORD BLOOD.  ONCE ROUTINELY DISCARDED DURING THE BIRTH-PROCESS, CORD-BLOOD CONTAINS NON-CONTROVERSIAL--AND POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING--STEM-CELLS THAT CAN BE COLLECTED AND STORED FOR FUTURE MEDICAL-USE.  YET, PUBLISHED DATA SHOWS THAT THREE OUT OF EVERY FOUR PREGNANT WOMEN CONSIDER THEMSELVES TO BE ONLY "MINIMALLY INFORMED" ABOUT CORD-BLOOD BANKING.  SENATOR ANITERE FLORES CO-SPONSORED THE BILL...

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FAMILIES IN FLORIDA ARE NOW GOING TO BE ARMED WITH THE MOST-IMPORTANT TOOL IN THEIR TOOLBOX OF MANAGING DISEASE THAT MIGHT COME THEIR WAY--AND THAT IS INFORMATION.  WE KNOW THAT CORD-BLOOD THERAPIES HAVE WORKED INCREDIBLY, FOR THOSE FAMILIES WHO NEED THEM--AND WE KNOW THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO MAKE EVERY SINGLE FLORIDA-FAMILY MORE INFORMED, ON THE IMPORTANCE OF STORING THEIR CHILD'S CORD-BLOOD."

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SENATOR FLORES ADDS THAT CORD-BLOOD STEM-CELLS ARE ALREADY USED FOR A NUMBER OF MEDICAL CONDITIONS--AND MAY BE CAPABLE OF TREATING ADDITIONAL DISEASES, AS WELL--SO IT'S IMPORTANT THAT EXPECTANT PARENTS ARE INFORMED OF THEIR OPTIONS...

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THE STEM-CELLS THAT ARE FOUND IN THE CORD-BLOOD ARE THINGS THAT--EVERY SINGLE DAY--ARE SAVING LIVES, AND ARE HELPING PEOPLE.  SO, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR EVERY FAMILY--NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE SCIENCE THAT WE KNOW IS EXISTING TODAY--BUT [ALSO] BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL FUTURE-THERAPIES THAT MIGHT BE INCLUDED, OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL GENERATIONS OF THOSE STEM-CELLS."

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INFORMATION ABOUT PRESERVING A NEWBORN'S CORD-BLOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH'S WEBSITE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CORD-BLOOD BANKING, VISIT "PARENTS-GUIDE-CORD-BLOOD"-DOT-ORG.



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