Risky stem cell treatment ‘halts progress of multiple sclerosis’
“New treatment can ‘halt’ multiple sclerosis, says study,” BBC News reports.
The treatment involves effectively destroying the existing immune system and creating a new one using stem cells. But this new treatment carries a high risk of complications.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a life-long condition that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of symptoms, including problems with arm or leg movement, vision, sensation and balance, and serious disability.
It is an autoimmune disease where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the body – in this case, the coating of the nerves (myelin sheath).
In this Canadian study, researchers essentiality destroyed a patient’s existing immune system with a very aggressive course of chemotherapy drugs.
They then transplanted stem cells – which have the potential to become any type of blood cell – in an attempt to rebuild an immune system without the flaws that trigger MS.
To read on please click on the following link:- http://www.nhs.uk/news/2016/06June/Pages/MS-stem-cell-treatment-halts-disease-but-comes-at-a-risk.aspx