Stem Cells 'Able to Reverse Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis'
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24 April 2009
In what is being seen as a major scientific breakthrough, scientists have reversed the symptoms of multiple sclerosis in three patients, using stem cells from their own body fat.
An international team has found that the “Very simple” injection of patients‘ own cells can stimulate the regrowth of tissue damaged by progression of multiple sclerosis, a finding which suggests a new way treat the neurological disease.
After the operation, some patients have been left free from seizures and better able to walk after the treatment.
Dr Boris Minev of California University, who led the team, was quoted by ‘The Daily Telegraph’ as saying: “All three patients in our study showed dramatic improvement in their condition.
“While obviously no conclusions in terms of therapeutic efficacy can be drawn from the reports, this first clinical use of fat stem cells for treatment of MS supports further investigations into this very simple and easily–implementable treatment methodology.”
“None of the presently available MS treatments selectively inhibit the immune attack against the nervous system, nor do they stimulate regeneration of previously damaged tissue. We’ve shown that cells may fill this gap.”