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Gene Immunotherapy Protects Against MS in Mice

A potent and long-lasting gene immunotherapy approach prevents and reverses symptoms of multiple sclerosis in mice, according to a study published September 21st in the journal Molecular Therapy. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which T cells destroy the myelin sheath--the material that surrounds and protects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Commits to $17 Million for 43 Research Projects

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pumping $17 million into 43 research projects that represent almost half of its $40-million research funding commitment in 2017. Among the projects are trials evaluating intermittent fasting as a way to harness inflammation and stem cell research. A growing number of studies indicate that stem cells can slow MS activity and repair the damage

Stem cell transplants may induce long-term remission of multiple sclerosis

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Encouraging results help set stage for larger studies. New clinical trial results provide evidence that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of a person's own blood-forming stem cells can induce sustained remission of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system. “...these

MS breakthrough: Replacing diseased immune system halts progression and allows repair

June 9, 2016 Clinical trial suggests chemo and blood stem cell combination therapy should be considered for people with early, aggressive MS A clinical trial published in The Lancet, a top medical journal, shows that an intensive procedure that completely wipes out the immune system and then regenerates a new one using blood stem cells can

Stem cells as the road to repairing Multiple Sclerosis

A clinical trial set to begin this month in Ottawa will test the safety and efficacy of mesenchymal stem cells to stimulate repair of damaged nerves in MS patients. This article was published simultaneously on Signals Blog. June3, 2015 By Lisa Willemse On any given day at the general campus of The Ottawa Hospital, you’re

Drugs that activate brain stem cells may reverse multiple sclerosis

March 20, 2015 NIH-funded study identifies over-the-counter compounds that may replace damaged cells Two drugs already on the market — an antifungal and a steroid — may potentially take on new roles as treatments for multiple sclerosis. According to a study published in Nature today, researchers discovered that these drugs may activate stem cells in


March 6, 2015 Houston, by Sarah Stubbs MS patient turned down for four clinical trials sees remarkable improvement after stem cell therapy - As Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month kicks off this week, one Texas woman is sharing her remarkable story after receiving stem cell therapy through a proprietary technology developed by Houston-based Celltex Therapeutics Corporation

More Promising Data on Stem Cell Transplant for MS

February 13, 2015 by Megan Brooks [Medscape Medical News] Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant (AHSCT) proved "unequivocally" superior to mitoxantrone in reducing imaging evidence of disease activity in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) refractory to conventional therapy in a phase 2 randomized controlled trial. Over 4 years, patients who received AHSCT experienced 79% fewer new T2 lesions compared

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise for MS Patients

by Nora Dunne on Feb 04, 2015 Stem cell transplantation reversed disability in patients with MS in an observational study led by Richard Burt, MD, chief of Medicine-Immunotherapy and Autoimmune Diseases. A preliminary Northwestern Medicine study suggests that nonmyeloablative hematopoietic stem cell transplantation may reverse disability and improve quality of life for patients with relapsing-remitting