Stem cells are a promising source of healing for a large number of human disorders.
When delivered to the site of an injury or damage, they can convert themselves to cells specific to that injury to help rebuild tissue. Is it possible, then, to use stem cells in the treatment of neurological disorders?
Stroke is the third leading cause of death, and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability, in the United States. Millions of Americans are currently suffering the after-effects of stroke.
Strokes occur when the delivery of oxygen to the brain is disrupted. They vary in severity, and symptoms depend largely on how much of the brain was affected and for how long.
Stem cells show promise in the treatment of stroke. In a small clinical trial at Stamford reported in 2019 researchers had some promising results with patients able to regain motor function after injections of stem cells directly into the brain. Their methodology could open the door to widespread usage of stem cells for the treatment of stroke.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis is an often debilitating disorder that attacks the central nervous system. Deterioration in the myelin sheath (the nerve cell’s insulating fatty cover) impedes the flow of impulses that allow the body and the brain to communicate.
In a 2016 a report published by the National Institutes of Health the potential for stem cell therapy as a way to improve the lives of individuals with MS was discussed. Further research is needed.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a chronic, degenerative disorder that affects the neurons responsible for movement. Symptoms of ALS include muscular wasting, and difficulty breathing, swallowing and speaking.
The cause of ALS is not known at this time, and there currently is no cure. However, as investigations progress, results may prove that stem cell therapy can be effective.
Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
Muscular dystrophy is a degenerative disorder leading to a rapid rate of cellular and tissue death, with muscle weakness and deterioration.
There are nine common forms of MD, which can degrade the heart, the eyes, the brain, the endocrine system, nervous system, and the gastrointestinal system. Promising study results indicate that stem cells may help regenerate lost heart muscle tissue in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Other uses for stem cells in the treatment of MD are being researched.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive degenerative disorder affecting more than a million Americans. Loss of brain cells that make a critical neurotransmitter known as dopamine lose their ability.
There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, but stem cell therapy appears to be a promising treatment option for people with the disease. Clinical trials are being conducted.
It is estimated that as many as 5.8 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease, the majority of whom are over the age of 65. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disorder that is also the most common cause of dementia.
Studies show that stem cell treatment in Alzheimer’s patients allows healthy cells to migrate to damaged areas of the brain and develop into exactly the type of cells that are missing. Stem cell therapy is one of the most promising treatment options for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
At National Stem Cell Centers, our affiliated physicians believe that adult stem cell treatments have enormous potential in the treatment of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, and ALS.
Consult with them on a number of treatments known to have positive results.