How You Can Guarantee Your Future Family’s Healthy By Keeping History

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By Dana Smith

familyvectorThere are many lessons which a person can learn from his or her elders. Among the things which you can learn about include whether you might be at risk of suffering from heart ailments, high blood pressure, cancer and obesity among others. People whose family members suffer from chronic ailments have higher risks of developing the same conditions.

Many reputable family health care’s professionals ask their patients questions regarding their parents. Among the questions which they want to know include whether there is a history of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes in the family. If it’s found out that there was someone in the family lineage that has a certain ailment, then it’s important to start looking out for these cases in patients who have an early age of 40 or 50 years.

Family health history

Most families share both genes and lifestyles which are key factors that determine the risk factors for chronic ailments. It’s advisable that families compile a comprehensive family history which could be used as a tool for understanding possible ailments that could affect the family hence making it possible to put in place the right preventive factors for managing the risks. With accurate information made available to walk in urgent care, proper care can be offered.

While coming up with family profiles, it’s imperative to list up to three generations of the family, all biological relative, their ages, diagnosis and the cause of their deaths. Start with your grandparents and work your way through your parents and siblings. This may at times seem to be a huge task, but it’s all worth the time and effort. Many doctors make it a habit to educate the general public about the importance of this exercise as it really helps both the concerned persons and doctors to know where to check for when offering preventive care.

Online Tools

There are quite a number of web based tools which can be used to come up with a detailed view of a family lineage in the easiest way possible. The online system can assist you develop a family tree and the users can download the information to their computers. Moreover, the website they use don’t share their information. Moreover, the users have the freedom to share their family history with other members and also print out a report for physicians and other healthcare providers.

Adoption and health records

However, parents of adopted children could find it harder collecting information about their children because the information which is provided is limited. This means that getting correct and accurate history from the birth family is indeed a hard task. At times, these people may have mental issues and you will be at a loss knowing what their medical history is. By the time you will be putting the information you need together, you will have done a lot of digging.

But while collecting this kind of information, you should make sure that you avoid any possible mistakes as this may make it harder for you to achieve the purpose of collecting the information.

– This post is created by Dana Smith. She is currently associated with Family Health Care in Wasilla. In this post she is sharing the tips how keeping the history of health records of a family member helps in future.

Cord Blood Banking: Extra Insurance For Your Baby’s Future Health

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By Alice Pettaway

babyThe umbilical cord and placenta are a vital and natural source of potentially lifesaving cells that are safe and painless to collect from your newborn child, but could play a vital role later on in their life.

No interruptions

The first point to stress is that the methods involved in collecting the cord blood do not interrupt in any way with your birthing plan or preferences. Your partner can still cut the umbilical cord if they want to at the birth of your child and after the child has been delivered, either vaginally or by C-section, the cord can then be clamped and cut.

Simple procedure

Once the umbilical cord has been prepared by being clamped and cut, the medical practitioner handling the birth will insert a needle into the umbilical vein on the section of the cord that is still attached to the placenta. You should be assured that the needle does not get anywhere near your baby and there is no potential for distress in any way during this procedure.

Collecting the blood

The blood is either collected by allowing it to drip into a collecting bag or drawn out using a syringe. You would normally expect to collect somewhere between 3 to 5 ounces of cord blood and the process should not take any longer than about 10 minutes to complete.

The blood bank

The collected blood is then shipped to your chosen cord blood bank where it is then tested and assessed to ensure that it meets the required quality standard, before being frozen and subsequently sent for long term storage under specialist conditions.

Additional services

Some private cord blood banks also offer to collect a segment of the umbilical cord as well as the blood itself, as the cord contains stem cells that are different from cord blood stem cells and may have a future use once further scientific research has been carried out.

What makes cord blood so valuable?

Stem cells are the building blocks of the blood and immune system and cord blood is a rich source of these vital blood stem cells. Stem cells are highly prized because they have the ability to develop into other types of cells, which means that they can be used to help repair tissues, organs, damaged blood vessels and a good number of diseases that attack the body.

Better than bone marrow?

A devastating disease like leukemia can be treated using a transfusion of stem cells using cord blood from a healthy donor, which helps to create a whole new blood and immune system, making recovery much more likely. The advantage of stem cells from cord blood as opposed to bone marrow is that the stem cells in cord blood are more immature which actually helps reduce rejection rates as the body is unable to recognize these cells and therefore does not attempt to attack or reject them.

Fighting disease with cord blood

Banking this vital resource will almost be like providing a highly personalized insurance policy for your child to fight back against more than 70 recognized diseases that they could become afflicted by. Saving the cord blood of all the children in the your closely related families, is an excellent idea as sometimes it is better to treat a genetic illness with stem cells from someone closely related rather than the child’s cord blood itself.

How much will it cost?

There are normally two fees involved with cord blood banking, the first is a fee that covers consultation, collection of the blood, evaluation and subsequent storage for a predetermined period of time, and you should expect to pay somewhere close to $1,000 and not normally much more than $2,000 for this service.

There is then an annual storage charge which is generally around $100, although some private cord blood banks offer an incentive for upfront payment which can reduce the long term storage costs.

There are a good number of benefits to consider with cord blood banking and the potential chance to safeguard your child’s future health makes the likely fees involved, seem very trivial indeed.