Autism is a spectrum disorder of the brain involving a wide range of behavioral and communication complexities. The complexities include slurred speech, difficulty in standing upright, lack of sensory and visual perception, difficulty in interaction with others, Indifference to others feelings, Hyper activeness or obsessive behavior are few examples of Autism Syndrome.
The latest study published in the neurology journal has confirmed that even after three years post stem cell transplant; multiple sclerosis patients remained in a sustained remission with active neurological functional improvement. This has definitely sparked a hope to millions of patients who have been suffering from a deadly neurodegenerative disease, the Multiple Sclerosis. Scientists who have been involved in the study were investigating autologous stem cells, isolated from the patients own body sources such as bone marrow for the past 20 years. The main objectives of the study were to remove disease inducing immune cells and to reset the new immune system with the systematic application of autologous stem cells.
Stem cells are the master cells of the body, which can form any cell type with the proper signaling and other growth factors. In fact, they are the first cells, which can occur from day four after fertilization and the technology has the provision of isolating these cells from as early as eight cell stage i.e. blastocyst stage. These cells are capable of generating the entire human body outside! However, due to ethical obligations, isolation of cells at this early stage is controversial, hence scientists have diverted their attention to the adult stem cells, which are present in the niche of mature and fully functional organs such as Bone Marrow. These cells are present there throughout the entire life of the human body and can act in a crisis such as diseases.
Multiple sclerosis is one of the many forms of autoimmune degenerative disorder affecting the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves in our eyes. Although the symptoms associated with the disorders are often variable, commonly a person affected with MS can face challenges associated with vision, balance, muscle control and other basic body functions. As we all know the central nervous system or the brain is the chief functional unit of our body. Whatever we do like walking, running, crying, laughing is governed by our brain. This difficult task has been achieved by passing signals through neurons to different organs of our body. Neurons are the brain cells, found in the form of a dense network in the brain. Each neuron has a longer projection through which it has been attached to the other neuron. These projections are again covered with the insulating material known as the myelin sheath. When the person has a Multiple Sclerosis, it has been observed that the myelin sheath has been degenerated by his own immune cells, due to which neurons are easily exposed and hence are damaged. This, in turn, halts the signaling process of the brain, thus which the person becomes handicapped and unable to perform his routine tasks.
However, stem cells can now be isolated from our own bone marrow or adipose tissue, can be enriched in the laboratory and then can be re-infused back through the lumbar puncture in the cerebro-spinal fluid of the brain and spinal cord. These stem cells then start secreting other growth factors and withdraw the faulty immune cells and reset the new immune system back on functions. These stem cells can also help in the regeneration of damaged neurons to normalize the function.
Hence, medical professionals have found that the stem cell treatment for multiple sclerosis can often help prevent relapses and slow the disease effect.
Recently people were started knowing that autism is a neurodegenerative disorder and sometimes even a normal, healthy child can be autistic depending upon the severity of the disease. Today, the number of autistic children is estimated to be 1 in 68, due to several inborn and environmental reasons. As this number is increasing doctors and other healthcare professionals are developing a much better understanding of what the condition can be? How it is related to other factors and what can be its effects?
The Managing Director of the Pure Flix and the producer of “ God’s Not Dead” Russell Wolfe, who was suffering from ALS for last so many days, recently underwent stem cells treatment for ALS, which is also known as Motor Neuron Disease or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Wolfe is a Braveheart with an extremely positive mindset, using his sickness for inspiring and motivating others.
Many years after my grand mom’s death, I now realized that she might be suffering from Alzheimer Disease. At that phase of my life, I was just a kid. As all other kids, I was just being selfish and did not realize through what condition she was going through. I had a very tight-knit family, and my granny was like a glue holding us together. She was always the first person I would always look out for after coming back home from school but little did I know, that these would be the memories of my childhood that I would ever miss the most.
Long before the existence of various supportive groups, internet and way before the ice bucket challenges, no one would have ever heard the real culprit of the diseases as the ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. In fact, just a decade ago, it was a disease under the shadow. During our parent’s time, I think the disease didn’t have its own advocacy organization. People with the recent onset of the disease, would not have able to understand why they suddenly started with the odd or barely perceptible limp! They might have addressed it as a deliberately vague code such as may be Back Problem! At that point, they might not know that the initial back problem or just a slip disc can progressively take a horrific turn of complete paralysis of the entire body without any cure.
ALS is a progressive, degenerative neurological disorder, with the complete malfunctioning of the muscular movement due to impaired coordination between the brain and muscles. Our brain has a variety of nerves, acting as messengers to pass on the information between the brain to other organs of the body via the spinal cord. There are in fact different neurons dedicated to sensation, vision, memory, hearing and other bodily functions. In case the person has developed ALS, his motor neurons that are involved in involuntary movements and muscle power are being severely damaged. What is the root cause of its development? Well, the exact cause is not so far understood, but scientists have identified many genetical and environmental link-ups with this particular disorder.
Some researchers have also evidently identified the involvement of some virological infections. At present, there is no known cure for the disorder apart from some rehabilitative approach such as daily exercise routine, high protein diet, positive approach and dose of riluzole. Although the progression of the disorder can be hampered with these precautions, scientists were still looking out for another way of treating patients that can reverse the damage associated with the disorder. Worldwide, many clinical trials exhibited very promising and surprising results, stating the importance of stem cells treatment for ALS.
Stem cells are the promising candidates, representing the first few divisions after fertilization of human life and are capable of developing into an entire human being. Some of their adult counterparts are also present in mature organs throughout the life of an individual, to be used in case of emergency or diseased conditions. Science and technology have now identified ways to extract the good number of these stem cells from mature sources such as Bone Marrow and Adipose Tissue. These stem cells can then be separated in the controlled environment for isolating their pure population. Once infused inside the body, these stem cells can be able to find out their own way towards the site of injury. They secrete a variety of growth factors, cytokines and other immunological cells in order to create a specific environment required for their homing and quick action. The creation of a microenvironment can speed up the process of regeneration in desired cells, such as neurons in the case of ALS.
Thus, with the advent of stem cells treatment, many people have documented cases, wherein their ALS has either burnt out or stopped progressing. Hence, no matter what your situation may be, the superiority of stem cells has proven to help you.
Every one of us possibly is living with a dream, when we wish we could change something around us or about us! Some people although get a chance to change and some apparently don’t. Being in the healthcare industry at times, we come across many people with multiple disastrous problems and we wish we could change something about them, at least how we would be able to minimize their pain; cerebral palsy can be ranked on top of the list. On our journey to find a cure for cerebral palsy, our team has come across many requests asking us to elaborate on anything and everything about cerebral palsy. In this regard, the current write up is intended to increase the understanding and provide a brief idea about the people, who have been suffering from the disease.
The disease is a non-progressive neurodegenerative disorder that accounts for major neuronal loss; due to some unfavorable conditions during pregnancy or at the time of delivery. The disease has currently no straightforward cure by medical science; on the contrary, scientists are still trying to figure out some of the key parameters, which can directly alter the condition.
Almost every one of us likes to be pampered, especially kids feel great, if they are pampered and looked after; even palsy kids are not exceptions to this fact. You might have to bear their unnecessary frustrations, their mood swings, their physical stiffness and/or spasm as well; but your patience and humor have the power to get hold of the situation at any point of time. Don’t be annoyed, try to be calm and loving; your understanding can turn their life much simpler.
Many times, it has been observed that palsy people are frustrated because of their dependence. Their primary aim to make their life more independent and you can probably help them to do so! Since you know their requirements better, try to keep things they need frequently, close to them; so that they don’t have to ask for help every now and then. If possible, try and upgrade with automated wheelchairs, or some other trendy devices, which can definitely boost their self-confidence and mood by making them independent.
Some people unnecessarily equate cerebral palsy with constant pain and body aches, although it’s not always that way. Palsy people can as well live near to normal life, if not completely normal! But they will be obviously annoyed and frustrated if you keep on reminding them about their disabilities and agony. It is most of the time, obviously in your hand to act normal, by not taking anything personally. Of course, they know their limitations, some things they can do normally; whereas some they cannot.
The science has tried to raise the hope of a cure for cerebral palsy through stem cells treatment. Stem cells are the naïve cells of our body, with the ability to differentiate into a variety of cells, neurons as well. Hence, it has been observed that stem cells, when treated ex vivo and infused back in the patient’s body can regenerate lost neurons and restore back the function to some extent. Many people with cerebral palsy have been observed to be effectively treated with their own stem cells and are leaving a better life!
Is morning joint stiffness bothering you? Are you on constant steroids to reduce your joint pain? Are you looking for a permanent and safe treatment alternative for your joint problems or arthritis? According to the recently published report by the National Health Institute,stem cell therapy can be a safe and promising alternative for your stuffed joint problem or arthritis as it is less invasive than surgery and safe because it uses your body’s own cell to heal from the damage.
Stem cells are the building block of our body, found dormant in all major body organs such as bone marrow, adipose tissue, etc. They are activated only when they receive any signal from the body as an indication of injury or disease. Once the signals are activated, they migrate at the site of injury by following our platelets. Once at the site, these cells are able to secrete different growth factors and cytokines to start the process of healing. They themselves undergo differentiation to get converted into the cells in demands to promote faster regeneration. This way they are asked to heal injured ligaments, tendons, bones, cartilages, etc.
However, due to the age factor or may be due to overburden in case of a chronic disease state, the amount of stem cells is reduced in comparison to the amount needed. This increased the urgent need for an extra stem cell supply. However, the science and the technology have solved this problem by being able to isolate the high concentration of stem cells from known potent body sources such as Bone Marrow and Adipose Tissue.
The Osteoarthritis treatment procedure is very simple, employing just 15-20 minutes with local anesthesia without the risk of surgery, local stay and prolonged recovery. The treatment takes advantage of the body’s ability to naturally repair itself. Stem cells can be isolated from the above-mentioned sources, enriched in the laboratory and can be re-infused back into the body at the site of injury. Once inside the body, these stem cells exhibit anti-inflammatory properties to restore degenerated tissue along with the complete provision of instant pain relief. It is also observed that these stem cells secrete growth factors which are important lubricate joints, tendons and help in easing the pain by helping restore mobility. Depending upon the need, these stem cells can turn into any cells or quite often the combination of them such as cartilage, tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles to restore the normal joint function.
Scientists have literally grown new joint in vitro, i.e. in the laboratory with the help of these stem cells. Thus the treatment is totally curative with no adverse events reported so far.
Early baldness is the most depressing and common experience for both men and women nowadays. As the full head of hair is directly associated with the youth and beauty, it may be quite frustrating to face the hair loss at the young age. The media is full of many adverts offering the best creams, oils and other effective treatments for hair loss, although in reality, what all they can offer are false promises or temporary solution to prevent hair loss. Since last couple of years, research on how stem cells can be effectively used for the problem of hair loss is in full swing and so far the results obtained are very promising. Practically the approach that the stem cells can heal or repair naturally, is appealing to many people who are now directing themselves towards the stem cells treatments for hair loss rather than being a pray for many manufacturers of various topical or oral treatments.
It was a sunny December afternoon; I and my sisters were enjoying our vacations on the Goa beach! We were at the pick of our enjoyment and suddenly my sister screamed Oh my God! What is this? I have developed rashes all over my skin! She was itching horribly and we all were a little bit upset! We initially thought that she might have eaten something which she is allergic to! We rushed to the nearest local doctor and found that it was an allergy due to sunlight! That was really shocking! An allergy from sunlight! How can it be possible! But yes, it can be possible! After a thorough internet search and a lot of readings, now I can say it is possible!