For many multiple sclerosis patients, the hope and anticipation of emerging therapies can be a cat and mouse game. Often, a new treatment will emerge with promising results, only to find it’s way to the proverbial cutting room floor. Among the many discoveries often talked about involve stem cells. This has been viewed by some as the holy grail for a variety of diseases. With baited breath, we in the MS community watch closely, with cautious optimism, as this promising technology forges it’s path.
According to Fox News. “In a study published in Stem Cell Reports, researchers utilized a group of paralyzed mice genetically engineered to have an MS-like condition. Initially, the researchers set out to study the mechanisms of stem cell rejection in the mice. However, two weeks after injecting the mice with human neural stem cells, the researchers made the unexpected discovery that the mice had regained their ability to walk.”
“This new research, funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, may provide a two-prong solution of stopping disease progression and also allowing new myelin to be created. The next step for the team is to continue working to identify the stem cell secretion that has this beneficial effect. After continuing to work on animal models, they hope to go to clinical trial in the next 3 to 5 years.”
Thomas Lane, a neural immunologist at the University of Utah who helped lead the research said, “I think in the next 5-10 years there will be an explosion of new therapies, potentially involving stem cells or products derived from stem cells, I think it’s just going to grow exponentially.”
According to Wonderwall, Jack Osbourne, the reality star son of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, has done the controversial stem cell research treatment in Germany in a bid to halt his multiple sclerosis and help doctors find a cure.
Osbourne, who went public about his health crisis last summer, tells “Access Hollywood Live,” “I’m doing some stem cell treatments. I have to go to another country to have it because there are odd restrictions here (in America) because everybody still thinks it’s like, what it isn’t, so I’m going to Germany in a couple of weeks and getting some stuff done.”
“They (doctors) clone stem cells from your own blood and then they just inject them back into you. Hopefully it will repair any damaged cells and nerves.”
Here is more information about the stem cell project.
Do you know anyone who has gone through this new treatment? Is this something you would consider doing?