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MS Treatments – Stem Cells Stop the Disease in its Tracks

MS Awareness Week 2018: 23-29 April will be the best yet for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. With more medicines available than ever before and even tentative talk of a cure for multiple sclerosis(1), a defiant new generation is spreading the message: “I might have MS, but MS doesn’t have...

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Stem Cell Transplant “a miracle” for MS Patients

Doctors have described the use of stem cells to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) as a “game changer” and have welcomed the results of an international trial showing that stem cells can leave patients symptom-free. “It feels like a miracle” Louise Willets has described how her life has been given...

Multiple sclerosis: Stem cell transplantation may halt disease progression

New research provides further evidence of autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation as an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis, after finding the procedure halted disease progression for 5 years in almost half of patients.   Lead study author Dr. Paolo Muraro, of the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London...

Stem cell transplants may induce long-term remission of multiple sclerosis

New clinical trial results provide evidence that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of a person’s own blood-forming stem cells can induce sustained remission of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system.   Five years after receiving the treatment,...

Stem cell treatment may halt spread of multiple sclerosis

A treatment for multiple sclerosis that works by resetting the immune system appears to halt progression of the disease in almost half of patients and reverse the symptoms in some. A new study found the use of aggressive chemotherapy and a stem cell injection prevented symptoms from worsening for...

Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Work to Restore Immune System Balance in Early Study  

Although the origin of MS remains elusive, immune system attacks against myelin is a known hallmark of the disease. In MS patients, immune system cells called T-cells penetrate the brain and react against the myelin coating that protects and supports neurons. Essentially, the T-cells’ activity is  unregulated, something usually mediated by T regulatory...

Can stem cell therapy really treat multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer Eric Thompson was able to rise from his wheelchair and walk just days after treatment with haematopoietic stem cells, according to a recent Daily Mail article. Unable to receive this aggressive treatment through the NHS, Thompson and his family raised £40,000 to undergo the treatment in Mexico....

Mother of two Nikki Tatum will travel to Russia alone in hope of a miracle

MULTIPLE sclerosis patient Nikki Tatum is so desperate to ensure a bright future for her two daughters she is travelling alone to Russia in the hope of a cure. The 33-year-old has refused to accept doctors’ prognosis that she may become blind and be confined to a wheelchair. So...

Stem cell therapy gives hope to MS patients

A radical and risky stem cell therapy has been shown to halt and even reverse some of the symptoms of those worst affected by multiple sclerosis, a disease that in many people has proved untreatable. Doctors in Canada conducted an experimental stem cell transplant with 24 patients who were expected...

Could a stem cell jab stop your eyesight from failing? We look at some of the treatments being tested in Britain

From easing creaky knees to mending a damaged heart, it seems that scientists are on the brink of using stem cells to revolutionise treating a range of conditions. These master cells are essentially the building blocks of human tissue, and some have the capacity to turn into any type...