November 19, 2018
New Stem Cell Research Might Be the Key to Treating Parkinson’s Disease
Research on stem cells is still ongoing and there are many promising studies that suggest that it can help treat Parkinson’s Disease and any other diseases pertaining to the brain.
An advanced study done by the researchers at Rutgers University has a promising finding. The scientists have actually found a way to use a bio-scaffold that will help transplant the stem cells into the head region of the subject mice to help treat traumatic brain injuries similar to Parkinson’s Disease.
The results were amazing because it has solved many problems that have deterred us in the past when it comes to the transplantation of stem cells in the head region of the body.
Before, the stem cells would either die before they reach the brain or that they won’t travel there in the first place. But, by creating a biological scaffold that acts as their bridge or gateway to the brain, the stem cells were able to do their thing.
They multiplied until they have enough numbers to repair the broken and damaged brain tissue. It also signaled the production of new neural cells as well. After a few days, the mice restored nearly all of its basic functions.
An Interesting Finding
Stem cells hold a lot of promise, especially in treating various medical conditions. To this day, we are still limited to treating just different types of blood-related cancers since we still do not know exactly how to transplant these cells in other regions of the body.
But, with this study, it is possible that we can use some sort of bridge (in this case, a biological scaffold) that will link the stem cells and make a connection to the brain region and possibly other sites in our system as well.
This is an interesting study because it eliminates the major obstacles that we currently face. The researchers are now looking into testing this to larger animals and if the thing is going to be successful, they will move into clinical trials shortly after.
What Does This Mean to Us?
The study suggests that stem cells have a remarkable impact on the repair and the regeneration of lost cells in the body. It helps create new cells as well as repair broken or damaged tissue, which is essential for the functioning of a particular organ or region in the body.
With this new finding, we might be able to successfully treat Parkinson’s Disease as well as other medical conditions related to brain trauma and injury.
Since the scaffold is the bridge, we can safely and effectively transplant the stem cells in specific regions of the body and since the stem cells need not travel a long distance, they will do their jobs almost immediately.
Still, further testing is required, but this is a finding that might be the key to help us treat previously untreatable conditions. Who knows, the scaffold might be successful in clinical trials. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed for now and hope that it will be true.