DEC
15

Stem Cells to Treat ALS?

Stem Cells to Treat ALS?

 For the approximately 6,000 people diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, each year, there is often very little hope. With no cure and very little in the way of treatment, ALS patients can expect to survive from two to five years following their diagnosis. But a promising new therapy may soon change all of that, and it's offering a lot of hope to ALS patients and their families.

That treatment is the safe and versatile stem cell therapy. A recent study in the journal Current Opinion in Neurology, titled "Stem Cell Transplantation for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis," states that though there is currently no approved stem cell therapy for ALS patients, this could all change thanks to new findings from researchers. Though researchers are currently unable to pinpoint the exact type of stem cells that would work best with ALS patients, they believe they have isolated a way to safely inject stem cells intrathecally into the cerebrospinal fluid. This has been shown to be a safe and effective way to reduce inflammation and protect nerve cells.

The study has now moved on to phase 3, which is human trials. Researchers are expected to conclude by July 2019. The speed at which the trials are being conducted shows great promise to both patients and researchers, as it further advances treatment options for ALS patients, but also further legitimizes stem cell therapy as a valid form of medical treatment.

To learn more about how stem cell therapy can help you, please call Dr. Mark Foster’s office at 442-227-0852.

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