MS stem-cell treatment ‘success’

By | January 30, 2009

Nerve cells in MSStem-cell transplants may control and even reverse multiple sclerosis symptoms if done early enough, a small study has suggested.

Not one of 21 adults with relapsing-remitting MS who had stem cells transplanted from their own bone marrow deteriorated over three years.

And 81% improved by at least one point on a scale of neurological disability, The Lancet Neurology reported.

Further tests are now planned, and a UK expert called the work “encouraging”.

MS is an autoimmune disease which affects about 85,000 people in the UK.

It is caused by a defect in the body’s immune system, which turns in on itself, causing damage to the nerves which can lead to symptoms including blurred vision, loss of balance and paralysis. …

via BBC NEWS | Health | MS stem-cell treatment ‘success’.

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