The future of stem cell therapy is endless; with research in the field progressing, stem cell therapy may be able to treat conditions like M.S., Parkinson’s and Migraines…
The team at Macquarie Stem Cells in Sydney is currently undergoing trials that are working towards the treatment of different illnesses. Our dedicated team are committed to advancing cellular therapy and using it to help treat conditions that are otherwise difficult to treat. Stem cells are cells that are able to differentiate themselves into other types of tissue which can be useful to treat conditions that have affected your tissues and require regeneration.
Using stem cell therapy for the treatment of multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis occurs when there is damage to the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord which affect the body’s ability to communicate effectively, this can cause physical, mental and sometimes psychiatric problems. World research of this treatment is advancing quickly as it becomes a more recognised treatment for this condition.
In the treatment of MS, the stem cells work to promote the growth and regeneration of the ‘myelin sheath’ which is naturally lost with MS. The ‘myelin sheath’ is a protective case that is designed to shield the nerves and once it is destroyed it can lead to a spastic mobility and often seizures.
Research has shown positive results with the following symptoms:
- Increase in cognitive and peripheral functions
- Balance and coordination improvement
- Boost of the immune system and general well being
- Improvements in bowel and bladder control
- Great control in fine motor controls of hands and feet
- Greater strength and general physical endurance
The treatment of Parkinson’s using stem cell therapy
Patients who are suffering from Parkinson’s have a lower level of dopamine which is the chemical in your body that allows messages to be sent to the part of the brain that controls movement. Researchers are currently using stem cells to grow dopamine-producing nerve cells to study the disease and assess whether they can be used to replace them in the body. Parkinson’s affects a single, well-defined type of cell which means, it may also be possible to treat the condition by replacing the lost nerve cells with new ones produced by stem cells.
Stem cells aid the recovery of Parkinson’s patients by repairing the damaged nerve cells back to a working state; however one thing to take note of is that stem cells are not able to bring back the life of cells that have completely died out. This means every Parkinson’s patient will respond differently to the treatment depending on the severity of their condition.
Using stem cells to treat headaches and migraines
Migraines are one of the most common neurological disorders and affect more than 10% of the population. If we could find a solution to this disorder it would beneficial for a great deal of sufferers around the world. Researchers are investigating the infusion of stem cells in the brain to repair the damage that has been sustained by the brain cells that cause the headaches. The idea is similar to that of other neurological conditions, stem cells are able to repair the damaged brain cells back to a working state however the main improvements to patients migraines is due to stem cells fighting off the inflammation of the brain and nerve cells.
The future of stem cell therapy
At Macquarie Stem Cells we will never perform a treatment unless it has been tested, approved and ready for treatment on patients. We are extremely selective on who we treat and have strict criteria for patients wishing to undergo stem cell therapy. If you are considering stem cell therapy we recommend coming in for a consultation to see if you are eligible for treatment. The team here at Macquarie Stem Cells is passionate about stem cell therapy and many take an active role in advancing research and clinical trials. Dr Bright and Dr Thomas are directors of the Bright Institute for Stem Cell Research, Australia (BISCRA) and are committed to using cellular therapy to treat patients. With trials underway that are working towards treating different illnesses, we are confident in the future of stem cell therapy.