Multiple sclerosis reversed by miracle stem cell therapy

The first therapy to reverse the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, rebooting the immune system from scratch

There is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis - an autoimmune disease that causes problems with muscle movement, balance and vision - even if many treatments are available. However, doctors have branded "miraculous" a new, pioneering stem cell treatment that reverses multiple sclerosis. This new treatment is very aggressive, using high doses of chemotherapy and stem cells to rebuild the immune system. Stem cells are taken from the patient's own blood. It's like "rebooting" the immune system from scratch. The therapy was tested on 145 patients, and almost 64% of them reported significant reductions in their levels of disability after about four years of treatment.
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Stem cells are taken from the patient's own blood. It's like "rebooting" the immune system.
"This type of stem cell therapy is very aggressive and does carry significant risks, so we would strongly urge caution in seeking this treatment outside of a properly regulated clinical trial," said Dr Sorrel Bickley, Research Communications Manager at the MS Society. "Since we started treating patients three years ago, some of the results we have seen have been miraculous. This is not a word I would use lightly, but we have seen profound neurological improvements" told Professor Basil Sharrack, a consultant neurologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He also warned: "This is not a treatment that is suitable for everybody because it is very aggressive and patients need to be quite fit to withstand the effects of the chemotherapy." The related research has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.