Woo! We have a treatment for multiple sclerosis people!
Ok, sorry. Got excited there. But, really, this is cutting edge stuff that could change the course of people’s lives.
The researchers took 24 people (small sample size, I know) and completely knocked out their faulty immune systems with chemotherapy. Then they rebooted their immune system by transplanting their own stem cells harvested from their blood. Then they waited. For up to 13 YEARS for follow-up. They were looking at survival of course (all the participants had poor prognoses), relapses, additional plaques as seen on MRI (like what the arrows are pointing at in the MRI below), and decreasing score on the Expanded Disability Status Scale as their outcome measures.
The results looked great! None of the patients had any relapses or new plaques seen after treatment. 35% of the patients Expanded Disability Status Scale scores actually improved! Although 1 patient did die due to the chemo treatment.
So basically these researchers took their 23 surviving patients and at least halted the progression of their progressive multiple sclerosis, if not improved them! That’s amazing! This is the first time in the history of ever ANY treatment has achieved stopping this terrible disease. I hope we’re seriously onto something here that we could continue on into larger population studies and maybe onto the mainstream market in 10 years or less. Will certainly be watching where this one goes closely!