Stem Cells hope for stroke patients

Jun 15th 2014 at 11:13 PM

Every year worldwide 15 million diagnosed cases of stroke, of which 5 million result in death, and the subsequent five disability resulting in a fixed one . Researchers from the University of Texas presented just the latest research using stem cells, giving hope for the development of effective therapy treatment of stroke patients.

Stroke is the second leading cause of death and one of the most important reasons of disability in the world today.

At this year's Eighth World Stroke Congress in Brazil (10-13.10.2012 r) presents the results of clinical trials of the use of the latest therapies using stem cells in patients up to 19 days after stroke. The study was conducted at the Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) at the University of Texas (USA).

Therapy using stem cells is the world's only intra-arterial randomized clinical trial on the use of stem cells in the treatment administered intra-arterial ischemic stroke. Preclinical studies in mice have shown that stem cell therapy has helped them return to health after a stroke.  

The next step was a treatment (called ALD-401 ) used in the treatment of stroke patients that focused on safety and efficacy of this therapy is based on their own regenerative stem cells from the bone of the patient.

Cells were given 13 to 19 days after stroke directly into the carotid artery. Early results of the tests in the first 10 patients showed no side effects, which allowed researchers to extend the study to the intended number of 100 patients.  

"In many difficult or impossible to treat diseases of seeking the possibility of using stem cells. Widely understood diseases of nervous systems is one of the most active fields where you can take advantage of the power latent in the cells regeneration.

Results of a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas suggests that stem cells can promote the regeneration of the brain after ischemic stroke caused by a clot in the blood vessels of the brain.

This is undoubtedly good news that gives hope that soon will change these alarming statistics and will be able to help many patients "- says Tomasz Baran of the Polish Cell Bank Stem.

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