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How Transplanted Human Bone Marrow Cells May Improve ALS Therapy

Jul 9, 2019 10:07:00 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in Bone Marrow, CNS/Neurodegeneration


While no cure exists for ALS, researchers are finding ways to use unmodified human bone marrow CD34+ cells for spinal restoration.

The renowned physicist Stephen Hawking influenced how countless scientists worldwide view the universe. He also demonstrated his remarkable ability to survive amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 55 years. He is thought to be the longest survivor of ALS. According to the ALS Association, 50% of those with ALS survive for about 3 years after diagnosis, 20% survive for 5 or more years, and 10% survive for 10 years or more. There is no cure for ALS, and therapies that can slow or delay progression, decrease symptoms, and repair damaged spinal-cord tissue are continuously sought.

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Cord Blood a Possible Answer to Alzheimer's Disease

Jul 29, 2015 1:00:33 PM / by Maria posted in Cord Blood, CNS/Neurodegeneration


Alzheimer's research is equal measure hope and frustration. Cord blood might be a much-needed solution. 

Few diseases stump researchers as much as Alzheimer's disease. Quite simply, nothing has worked beyond some symptomatic relief. On top of that, scientists are still uncertain about what exactly causes the disease. For example, are the characteristic beta-amyloid plaques in the brain a cause of Alzheimer's disease -- or a consequence? Any promising results are welcome to a community used to setbacks.

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Can Blood Plasma from the Young Reverse Ailments of the Old?

Jul 20, 2015 1:00:11 PM / by Maria posted in CNS/Neurodegeneration, Plasma


Experiments show that blood plasma from the young reverse age-associated cognitive declines. What ingredient make it possible?

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, or the mind of a researcher gone off the rails. But a series of intriguing discoveries hint that young blood may help treat problems associated with the elderly.

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Ice Bucket Research! Using Stem Cells as Trojan Horses

Oct 6, 2014 1:30:52 PM / by Daisy posted in Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cells, CNS/Neurodegeneration


The only drug for ALS prolongs life by 2-3 months. Stem cells could become the Trojan horses that deliver a therapy.

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