Researchers in Australia have found a healthy diet consisting of vegetables, fish, legumes, eggs, and poultry may lower the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a chronic, immune-mediated disease, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves).
Multiple Sclerosis (MS), is a chronic, immune-mediated disease where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves). Muscle weakness, spasticity, fatigue and a loss of coordination can lead to a progressive worsening of mobility and impair a person’s ability to perform daily tasks.
In our March 23rd article, ”Stem Cell Transplants Could Provide Long-Term Remission for Patients with MS” we shared the positive 3 year results of stem cell transplant in patients with remitting-relapsing MS. In this article, we will share with you the results from a 5 year trial sponsored by the National Institute of Health.
The 5-year results a from a trial called HALT-MS, sponsored by the National Institute of Health, were published in February, 2017, in the journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The results showed high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by a stem cell transplant stopped the disease and improved symptoms.
An international clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of stem cells for the treatment of MS showed stem cell transplantation could halt the progression, improve symptoms of the disease and reduce disability for patients with remitting-relapsing MS.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. The disease is characterized by recurrent episodes of focal inflammatory demyelination resulting in neurological symptoms. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has identified four disease categories to help distinguish the differences between how the disease presents in patients. The four types of MS are:
Many studies have been conducted to evaluate if exercise can help slow the progression of multiple sclerosis. An analysis of the different studies could not establish clearly if exercise slowed the progression of the disease but it is clear that exercise is helpful for managing several of the symptoms of MS. In addition to improving cognitive function and a person’s mood, exercise can prevent a person diagnosed with MS from developing issues related to a sedentary lifestyle including1:
There are many clinical trials in progress around the world using stem cells as a treatment for different diseases including multiple sclerosis. Recent results, in an important clinical trial, provide evidence that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation can induce sustained remission of the disease. In addition, research from multiple research organizations over the last decade has led to the conclusion that stem cell transplantation is the most promising treatment modality not only to prevent secondary complications but also to improve neurological damage.