Stem cells ‘reverse’ MS !?!?

Yet again..an encouraging news!! (I know..it came out January 30th but I just found the time to put it on now..so forgive me for the delay:)

“Stem cell transplants could provide a cure for multiple sclerosis”, The Sun reported. It said that in a recent trial of 21 patients with MS, 17 had shown improvement three years after being injected with cells from their own bone marrow. The newspaper said the stem cells appear to reduce the inflammation that can worsen the disease. The study leader was quoted as saying: “It seems to prevent neurological progression and reverse disability.”

The news story is based on an early phase trial, which found that stem cell transplants reversed neurological deficits in people with relapsing-remitting MS, the most common form of the disease. It did not look at other forms of the condition, such as secondary progressive MS. Patients were compared before and after the transplant, and the results were promising, with sustained improvements in disability in 81% of patients.

As is usual when testing treatments, the intervention will go on to be tested in larger, controlled trials, probably randomised controlled trials across different centres. Until then, the researchers emphasize that it’s not possible to determine whether this treatment is better than existing treatments for relapsing-remitting MS.

Further details on this story can be found here: nhs.uk

Stem Cell Transplant Trial Results – Comment By The Multiple Sclerosis Society in brief:

Dr Doug Brown, Research Manager at the MS Society, said: “These are very encouraging results and it’s exciting to see that in this trial not only is progression of disability halted, but damage appears to be reversed. “Stem cells are showing more and more potential in the treatment of MS and the challenge we now face is proving their effectiveness in trials involving large numbers of people.”

The whole article can be found under the medical news today link.. or just click here:)

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. sofija
    Feb 09, 2009 @ 00:50:04

    …also look at the article dating January 31st titled: Early-Stage Multiple Sclerosis Reversed By Stem Cell Transplant.
    — “This is the first time we have turned the tide on this disease”

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