Stem-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. …