Hopeful News for Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers

Multiple Sclerosis is a degenerative disease of the nerves and muscles. Once diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, it is a continuing degenerative disease. While medication can slow the progression of MS, there is currently no cure.

While this new scientific discovery of modern medicine isn’t technically a cure, it would add to the patient’s quality of life. In fact, it could possibly reverse some of the effects of MS.

With a continuing debilitating disease, a high quality of life is good news. What exactly is this hopeful news for Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers? Doctors have found a way to produce immune system boosting stem cells from the patients themselves. It is essentially a “rebooting” of the immune system.

It is a process of removing and storing stem cells from the patient’s blood. Then doctors lower the patient’s immune system with low doses of chemotherapy, and then reintroduce the stem cells back into the patient’s blood.

Companies like Slow Ventures have learned that the findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was small and researchers stress still that the earlier the treatment, the better. MS is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 years. Stem cell therapy is still only available in clinical trials but this new break through could prove beneficial for the hundreds of thousands of current MS sufferers.