#MSresearch #MS blog #stem cells miracle cure more like poor reporting
‘Miracle’ stem cell therapy reverses multiple sclerosis
The treatment, is the first to reverse the symptoms of MS, which has no cure, and affects around 100,000 people in Britain.A pioneering new stem cell treatment is allowing multiple sclerosis sufferers to walk, run and even dance again, in results branded ‘miraculous’ by doctors.
Patients who have been wheelchair-bound for 10 years have regained the use of their legs in the ground breaking therapy, while others who were blind can now see again.
The treatment, is the first to reverse the symptoms of MS, which has no cure, and affects around 100,000 people in Britain.
It is not 1st April but 1st March so what should we make of this.
Is it time to "hang up our boots" because everything is sorted or should we keep them on to give the journalist a really good kicking for shoddy reporting. I have my Bovver boots ready to rumble I think.
My simple advice is, if you are reading anything in the newspaper about MS, be very sceptical and cautious....It is invariably wrong or half a story at best.
This is about the use of bone marrow stem cells to to replace the immune system and is the most extreme form of "induction therapy" aimed at rebooting the immune system. This study has been reported by us and it is clear that the majority of people are not leaping out of their wheel chairs. This is just the type of poor reporting that the media specialise in ...media hype
"This is not a treatment that is suitable for everybody because it is very aggressive and patients need to be quite fit to withstand the effects of the chemotherapy," warned Prof Sharrack.
This may not be suitable for everybody because it probably doesn't work for everybody. If you have aggressive inflammation there may be movement problems, get rid of it and you can walk again, however loose nerves and you do not recovery properly...we seek this with the beasties all the time. We even see this as part of the natural recovery process paralysed to walking to paralysed to walking ec etc etc
We commented on the JAMA paper already (CLICK)
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