Stem Cell Trial is Hopeful for People with ALS

In 1939, the world first learned about this strange disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which was simplified as Lou Geherig’s disease because he was the first known or famous person to get this disease and also because it is hard to pronounce and remember. Two years later, at almost 38-years-old, the famous Yankee player succumbed to his disease. It has been almost 75 years, and medical science has finally had a break through.
Stem Cell treatment has been tested ever since the 1980s. Perhaps the original Stem Cell treatment was in bone marrow transplant. Most recently,doctors are using stem cells to see if it can have an effect on the nerve cells of ALS patients. Igor Cornelsen has learned that from the time Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS, we have learned that it breaks down muscle tissue, particularly in the brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis and eventual death.
Mayo Clinic is testing harvested stem cells from ALS patient’s fat tissue. Then, the cells are injected into the patient’s spinal fluid.Dr. Nathan Staff, MD, PhD, is hoping this procedure helps lengthen the lifespan of the spinal column nerve tissue. The trial is only in the first phase with the hope of many phases to come. Hopefully, the next phase will involve injecting stem cells into dead neurons in hopes of revitalizing them and possibly reversing the disease. A cure might finally be around the corner.

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