New ‘miracle’ stem cell therapy reverses multiple sclerosis

Posted Mar 2, 2015 by Stephen Morgan
A new stem cell therapy, being described as nothing short of "miraculous," will bring hope and comfort to sufferers of multiple sclerosis and their close ones.
High resolution image from a normal volunteer (left) and a patient suffering from multiple sclerosis...
High resolution image from a normal volunteer (left) and a patient suffering from multiple sclerosis (right).
UBC MRI Research Centre
This mysterious illness, which seems to choose its victims by random, and whose cause is unknown, has baffled doctors for decades. The medical community has struggled unsuccessfully to adequately treat or reverse this condition, whose relentless degeneration seems to be unstoppable.
Consequently, sufferers have mostly had to rely on coping methods and medications, which only manage to mitigate some of its symptoms. The illness can cause paralysis, motor function loss, memory loss and blindness.
That may all be changing. A new "miracle" stem cell therapy has proven successful in not only stopping the disease, but in reversing its symptoms. According to the Telegraph, the new treatment
is allowing multiple sclerosis sufferers to walk, run and even dance again....Patients who have been wheelchair-bound for 10 years have regained the use of their legs... while others who were blind can now see again.
The pioneering treatment was carried out in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, UK. The Mail Online quotes the chief surgeon, Professor Basil Sharrack, who said
"Since we started treating patients some three years ago some of the results have been miraculous."
He added, "This is not a word I would use lightly but we have seen profound neurological improvements."
The treatment involved two dozen patients and the results have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Healthline lists some of the main causes and symptoms of the disease,
"Symptoms vary a great deal from one patient to another—no two people have the same combination of symptoms. Approximately 45 percent of people diagnosed with MS don’t have severe symptoms.
The most common early symptoms of MS are:
Other, less common symptoms include: