Science/Environment

Stem Cells Reverse Multiple Sclerosis?

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Yes. If we catch MS earlier, it may be reversible.

From New Scientist:

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the fatty myelin sheath that wraps around nerve cells and speeds up their rate of transmission comes under attack from the body’s own defences. […]

For the first time, some of the disability associated with the early stages of multiple sclerosis appears to have been reversed. The treatment works by resetting patients’ immune systems using their own stem cells.

While randomised clinical trials are still needed to confirm the findings, they offer new hope to people in the early stages of the disease who don’t respond to drug treatment.

Having seen the effects of MS firsthand in a few people during my lifetime, this is incredibly encouraging news, especially since we have an administration that believes in the efficacy of common sense research free from the the limits of religion.