Stem cells and stem cell research have long been studied to help provide relief of symptoms and potential cures for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.
The use of adult stem cell therapy has grown in popularity, surpassing even traditional embryonic stem cell research methodology is. Autologous stem cells are those harvested from individual patients suffering from a disease process such as Parkinson’s, which do not carry with them the risk of rejection, as do organs or cells transplanted from other individuals into that patient.
Stem Cell Treatment Studies
Adult stem cells are known as undifferentiated or multipotent cells capable of producing different blood cells. That means that they haven’t specifically developed or grown into a specific type of tissue or organ. Adult stem cells can renew themselves and grow into become just about any type of specialized cell, tissue or organ tissue.
Neural stem cells are multipotent cells that self-renew or self generate. Neural stem cells that may be generated from a patient’s own bone marrow or nerve tissues may be used to treat a variety of traumatic brain injuries, damage caused by strokes, or neuro-genetic disease processes such as those commonly found in Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease patients.
Neural stem cells may be harvested from the bone marrow as well as various areas of the brain and central nervous system. Recent studies, including those described in The Open Stem Cell Journal 1, 20-29, February 2009 stated that autologous adult stem cells were able to relieve Parkinson’s patient symptoms for almost five years.
Stem cells 24, 781-792, March 2006, reported that the use of stem cells derived from umbilical cord stem cells and used to treat rats with Parkinson’s determined “significant recovery in motion and behavior”.
In Japan, researchers from Kyoto University successfully treated mice with Parkinson’s disease by transplanting “nerve cells developed from their own bone marrow stromal cells.” Journal Of Clinical Investigation 113: 1701-1710, 2004
Research and technology regarding the use of autologous neural stem cells to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, improve mobility and quality of life for patients continue around the world. Individuals from the United States, as well as Parkinson’s patients from around the world, increasingly travel to destinations such as Mexico, the Ukraine, South Korea, Asia, and South America for promising stem cell treatments.