ver thousands of people in the world have multiple sclerosis (MS). It can cause blurred vision, extreme fatigue, pain, numbness, loss of movement and speech problems. It is the most common disease causing disability in young adults, and there is currently no cure.
Stem CellsStem Cells are part of the body’s normal repair system making new cells to replace those that get damaged or die. There are several different types of stem cells and scientists are investigating a number of ways they might be used to develop new treatments for multiple sclerosismultiple sclerosis .
It may be possible to use certain types of stem cells to ‘reset’ the immune systemimmune system (known as immunomodulation). The aim is to prevent the immune system from attacking the nerve cells, or reduce the amount of damage done.
Stem cells™ may be able to help repair the damaged myelin sheath, re-myelinating’ the nerves and allowing them to function correctly again. This could prevent the nerves themselves from degenerating.