A new, and unique, stem cell therapy for MS patients! :)

It is always great news to hear about the use of stem cells as therapies for MS. There seems to be great hope for the future with the use of these and we can only be positive about what is coming :)

I look very much forward to hearing the results of this research and hope we will all be able to benefit from it, soon :)

 

Enjoy the read: http://guardianlv.com/2013/08/unique-stem-cell-therapy-for-ms-patients/

 

Stay well!

/S

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Promising trials – for MS as well – w. ADULT stem cells use! :)

More good news ahead this sunny day.. :

Using adult stem cells (not embryonic) the researchers have shown both sensation and motor improvements in patients with spinal cord injuries.

Read the whole article here: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20130602/NJNEWS/306020011?odyssey=mod%7Cmostcom

 

Warm regards,

S

Your own skin may be a clue for repairing damaged MS myelin!!

I hope this proves to be true!!

Great news reported today on BBC, lets hope it is going to prove useful in future MS research:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21372793

 

Hope is last to die! :)

Stem cells & MS – Hope turns into reality..?

With all the talk about stem cell research in the field of MS I thought I’d write a little overview of what has happened so far…

The trial in stem cell transplant for MS happened in 1995. In 2003, the first positive trial with stem cell treatment was conducted on an MS patient in Sweden. The year after, in 2004, stem cell treatment was proclaimed to be just “very experimental”.

Only 3 years later, in 2007, did they realize that the use of stem cells could possibly play an important role for future MS treatments. And in 2009 a glimmer of hope was ignited. However, it remained still to early to be optimistic about stem cells and MS. There was a call for more controlled trials in 2010, to determine whether stem cells could be used as standard treatment for MS.

2011 was a turning point. Various researches claimed successful trials with stem cells on patients with MS.

This year (2012) a global research project is taking place, with the aim of analyzing and evaluating the possibilities of stem cell treatment for MS patients with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs are the primitive cells in the bone marrow.

What does the future hold for MS patients..? I believe hope might turn into reality – maybe stem cells are the answer we have all been waiting for.

If this year’s global research project proves to be successful, researchers say we might be looking at MSCs treatment becoming the standard treatment for MS in 2018.

I know that every research has its pros and cons. I also know that some reports have mentioned that patients who underwent stem cell treatment and were feeling “better than ever” unfortunately reverted back to their prior situation some months after the treatment.

I can just say we have to keep praying and hoping that they soon will find a cure no matter what it will be. Do not lose hope because some trials might not work out as you expect them to or because some people had relapses after all. Remember that we are all different and that it might work differently for you.

 

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stem Cells hope for (aggressive) MS…

Ok..I know I haven’t been here for ages…and that this article is a bit “outdated” in the sense that it came out in March but I still consider it of high importance which is why I bring it up here.

The article published on March 23rd 2011 (Medical News Today -see link to the right) talked about how stem cells may help people with aggressive forms of MS by “replacing deliberately destroyed bone marrow with the patient’s own stem cells”.

What is basically done in this treatment is that the patient’s own stem cells are take out, then “cleaned” through a course of chemotherapy and placed back into the patient. These “purified stem cells are thought to “reboot” the immune system”!!

The results seen were really great and now further tests need to be done.

To read more please click here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/219889.php

stay cool!

More stem cells hope for MS patients!!

Guys, I just came across this and it sounds very promising…and I truly hope that people are realizing more and more the importance of stem cell research:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/210377.php or:

http://www.ealingtimes.co.uk/uk_national_news/8720885.Stem_cells_hope_for_MS_sufferers/

Hope for the future of MS stem cell research

“Bone Marrow Stem Cells Show Exciting Potential For Multiple Sclerosis Treatment” is the title of the article published on May 6th on the Medical News Today website (see link to the right under “Links”).

The article mentions that a groundbreaking trial, which aimed at testing bone marrow stem cell therapy with a small group of people with MS, shows how it has possible benefits for the treatment of MS. The purpose of the trial was to discover what kind of effects, be it good or bad, bone marrow stem cells has on MS patients, and their disability. In several experimental studies done previously, this stem cell therapy has been shown to have beneficial effects in disease models of MS.

(…)

“Research into the underlying mechanisms is ongoing and vital, in order to build on these results. We believe that stem cells mobilised from the marrow to the blood are responsible, and that they help improve disease in several ways, including neuroprotection and immune modulation.”

The next day (May 7th 2010) an article mentions that guidelines regarding stem cells and MS have been made.

Researchers have agreed that stem cells are likely to have a significant role to play in the treatment of MS, but also warn that expectations should be realistic. Professor Gianvito Martino said: “At this stage it is unreasonable to claim that stem cells are a magic cure for MS. It is, however, likely that they will one day play an important role in treating the condition.”

Which is why the booklet with guidelines was created and I think it is a great source of information regarding stem cells and how it works for MS in particular ; ). It is a public information booklet created in partnership by MS Societies from the UK, USA, Italy, France and Australia and the MSIF summarises the guidelines for people affected by MS: “Stem Cell Therapies in MS”.

I think this is a great research is a great step forward : o )

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