ACOG urges doctors to disclose facts on cord blood banks

01/31/2008 | Forbes

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released new guidelines that encourage doctors to inform their pregnant patients of the pros and cons of public and private umbilical cord blood banks as well as their financial interests in for-profit cord blood banks. "Patients need to be aware that the chances are remote that the stem cells from their baby's banked cord blood will be used to treat that same child -- or another family member -- in the future," the chairman of the ACOG's Committee on Genetics said.

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