Recycling. Renewable Resources. Sustainability. We know these words well. But when it comes to human sustainability and health, we have a largely untapped resource that is proving to be more valuable than we might dare to imagine. Fittingly, it comes to us from our very first lifeline: the umbilical cord. Umbilical cord blood is already improving health and saving lives. At the Banking on Life Conference (May, 2009), sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Culture and Cord Blood Registry, leaders from around the world in the field of umbilical cord blood stem-cell research and regenerative medicine treated attendees to a detailed update on progress being made in the use of cord blood in research and clinical applications. Conference attendees also heard from U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier on her efforts to educate the public about cord blood banking, and from two mothers who have seen dramatic health improvement from cord blood therapy in their daughters who suffered…read the rest here:
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- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.