A recently passed bill in the state legislature makes it possible for expectant parents to receive standardized information about umbilical cord blood banking.
The term “cord blood” is used for blood that is drawn from the umbilical cord and the placenta after a baby is born. Unless parents decide otherwise, the blood cells are discarded as medical waste. Cord blood is collected because it contains stem cells, which have the ability to renew themselves. The cells offer lifesaving medical benefits and are different from both the embryonic stem cells in a fertilized egg and stem cells obtained from a child or adult person, proponents of the bill say.
“A growing percentage of stem cell transplant patients are receiving cord blood to cure more than 70 diseases,” Dr. Alvin D. Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said. “Seventy percent of patients who need a transplant of blood-forming stem cells do not have a matching donor in their own family, and their physician must search public registries of donors.”
The law requires the health department to make available to health care professionals printable publications that can be downloaded from the department’s website. The law also requires the department to encourage health care providers of services directly related to a woman’s pregnancy to provide the publication before her third trimester of pregnancy.
In Ottawa County, the re-opening of Walbridge Road East, from Opfer Lentz Road to Nissen Road, has been extended to Oct. 6 by the county engineer’s office.
Award to Gillmor
State Senator Karen Gillmor (R-Tiffin) has been presented with the United Conservatives of Ohio’s Watchdog of the Treasury award for fiscal responsibility and her voting record during the 128th General Assembly. Gillmor had previously won this award in 1994 and 1996.
Sen. Gillmor represents the 26th Ohio Senate District, which includes Crawford, Logan, Marion, Sandusky, Union, Wyandot and portions of Ottawa, and Seneca counties