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Multiple Sclerosis Stem Cell Research:

Can Stem Cells and

 Stem Cell Research Help

those of us with Multiple Sclerosis?


Multiple Sclerosis Stem Cell Research or
MS Stem Cell Research:

Stem Cell research is being done to determine if stem cells can be used to replicate other cells throughout the body to help stimulate the body to repair damaged cells.  In this vein of thinking, stem cell researchers are also looking into ways to adapt the use of stem cells for helping to regenerate nerve cells, as in the case of spinal cord injuries or for those of us that have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. 

This is good news for those of us that have been given the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, since in the majority of the cases of MS, the myelin sheath along the spinal cord is damaged.  MS nerve damage can often contribute to many of the MS symptoms that are present in the majority of the many cases of Multiple Sclerosis, that are appearing in many different countries around the world. 

Although stem cell research is still in its infancy and it is not yet a tried and true method for finding ways to repair the damage to the spinal cord, there is still hope that one day, stem cells will become a more widely used and effective method for helping to repair the nerve damage that appears in Multiple Sclerosis.

MS Stem Cell research has the potential for helping those of us with Multiple Sclerosis to be given a change to repair the damage to the myelin sheath along the spinal cord, not just chase Multiple Sclerosis symptoms in an attempt for us to find relief to our suffering because of MS.

In Multiple Sclerosis myelin on the spinal cord is damaged, resulting in scarring or removal of the myelin sheath, which protects the spinal cord and allows the nerve signals to travel from the brain, through the nerves along the spinal cord and throughout the rest of the body.

Stem cell research is not new, but it has progressed much more in Europe and Asia and has not been pursued as much in the United State of America, until recently.  Once President Obama came into office, within the first year, he signed into law that stem cell research can move forward in the United States.  Although stem cell research as been given the go ahead, the funding that has been promised for stem cell research takes more time to reach those who are actually doing the stem cell research, delaying the forward progress of the stem cell research within the United States.

Stem Cell research can potentially help those of us that have suffered spinal cord injuries or damage to the spinal cord, which includes those of us with MS demyelination to the spinal cord, as the majority of the cases of Multiple Sclerosis have caused.

In Multiple Sclerosis, myelin along the spinal cord is damaged, resulting in scarring or removal of the myelin sheath, which protects the spinal cord and allows the nerve signals to travel from the brain, through the nerves along the spinal cord and throughout the rest of the body.

Stem cells are a specialized type of cell in our bodies, as in the case of a baby forming in the mother’s womb, where these cells can adapt to form organs, nerve tissue, membranes, or most types of other cells in the body.  Researchers are finding that there are several ways that the stem cells can be found in different locations throughout our bodies. Embryonic stem cells are not the only ones available to us.  Stem cells are also found to be located in the adult human body in the reproductive organs, in the sinuses and in the nerves in our teeth.  There may be other locations in our bodies that stem cells are located, but these are the main one that have been found so far.

As MS stem cell research continues to advance, researchers finding that stem cells can be extracted from one location in our bodies, cultured in the lab to start these cells to adapt to replicating the desired type of cell that our body needs for repairing damage to our bodies, and then implanted in the part of the body where it is needed

Implanted stem cells  along the spinal cord has been used on a trial basis in a few cases in France and other countries in Europe with some success, for a few MS patients with in the last 10 years.  The implications from the small groups of test cases in Europe may mean that in the future that the use of stem cells holds promise for those with more severe cases of MS that are unable to walk that they may have a way that can help them be able to learn to walk again.

Until further stem research is done to find out what can be done to make this a more of a reality for more people on a broader scale, those of with Multiple Sclerosis will have to focus on finding ways to retain the body and brain nerve cells through physical exercise, brain exercises, as well as using ms diet and ms nutrition as well as other alternative and natural ways to work with our bodies to promote their own natural methods of healing and repairing ms nerve damage and with finding relief to our symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, to reduce our present suffering with MS

As MS research progresses in understanding how our own bodies can repair the damage to the myelin sheath along the spinal cord or about how the nervous system's own repair cells work in repairing the Blood Brain Barrier or BBB (that surrounds an protects the brain from toxins entering it), then maybe a better way for helping to repair or reverse the effects of MS on our bodies can be discovered or developed that can help those of us living with Multiple Sclerosis to recover more of our abilities to function again.

Time will tell which way Multiple Sclerosis stem cell research goes in finding out more about the Multiple Sclerosis disease process and with hopefully finding ways to reverse or repair the damage that is so often a result of Multiple Sclerosis attacking the Central Nervous System.

If the developments in MS stem cell research advance far enough, hopefully this will include finding ways to help those of us that have been unable to walk, because of the severity of the nerve damage that Multiple Sclerosis has caused to our nervous systems, to be able to walk again. 

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