Doctors have revealed stem cells hope for Multiple Sclerosis patients
A new trial has revealed that stem cells may be able to halt the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and improve the symptoms.
It is thought that 100,000 people in the United Kingdom suffer from MS, which attacks nerves in the brain and spinal cord. The new treatment involved harvesting blood and bone marrow to extract stem cells, destroying the immune system with chemptherapy and then giving a transplant of the stem cells.
100 patients with relapsing remitting MS took part in a trial in hospitals in Sheffield, Chicago, Uppsala and Sao Paolo. This means that they have attacks followed by periods of remission. They were treated with either haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) or drug treatment. One year later, only one patient in the stem cell group had relapsed and those who had the stem cells had a reduction in disability; those in the drug group worsened.