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What are the results of stem cell therapy used to treat multiple sclerosis?

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The effects of stem cell therapy on people with MS show promise: 41 of the people studied for 2 years said their symptoms were greatly improved. After 4 years, more than half of them had no relapses. That was 80% of those in the study.

Larger, controlled studies and clinical trials are now underway.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "MS Symptoms," "Exercise," "Vitamin D," "Acupuncture," "Massage and Bodywork," "Stem Cells in MS."

Leavitt, V.M. Neurocase, March 2013.

Mowry, Ellen M. Annals of Neurology, August 2012.

Foroughipour, M. Acupuncture Medicine, March 2013.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence: "Alternative Health Care Systems and Multiple Sclerosis."

Burt, R.K. Journal of the American Medical Association, published online Jan. 20, 2015.

Shor, D.B. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Sept. 11, 2009.

Celiac Disease Foundation: "What is Celiac Disease?"

Webb, D. Today's Dietician, published online May 2012.

FDA: "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Don't Be Misled."

Bennett, M. Cochrane Library, published online May 29, 2011.

Alqutub, A.N. World Journal of Hepatology, October 2011.

Yaday, Vijayshree. Neurology, March 2014.

Reid, P.F. Critical Reviews in Immunology, 2007.

CDC: "Hookworm FAQs."

Laboratory News UK: "Hookworms to Treat MS."

Correale, J. Annals of Neurology, February 2007.

Jensen, M. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, April 2009.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Reiki: An Introduction."

Thrane, S. Pain Management Nursing, February 2014.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 9, 2019

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "MS Symptoms," "Exercise," "Vitamin D," "Acupuncture," "Massage and Bodywork," "Stem Cells in MS."

Leavitt, V.M. Neurocase, March 2013.

Mowry, Ellen M. Annals of Neurology, August 2012.

Foroughipour, M. Acupuncture Medicine, March 2013.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence: "Alternative Health Care Systems and Multiple Sclerosis."

Burt, R.K. Journal of the American Medical Association, published online Jan. 20, 2015.

Shor, D.B. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Sept. 11, 2009.

Celiac Disease Foundation: "What is Celiac Disease?"

Webb, D. Today's Dietician, published online May 2012.

FDA: "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Don't Be Misled."

Bennett, M. Cochrane Library, published online May 29, 2011.

Alqutub, A.N. World Journal of Hepatology, October 2011.

Yaday, Vijayshree. Neurology, March 2014.

Reid, P.F. Critical Reviews in Immunology, 2007.

CDC: "Hookworm FAQs."

Laboratory News UK: "Hookworms to Treat MS."

Correale, J. Annals of Neurology, February 2007.

Jensen, M. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, April 2009.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Reiki: An Introduction."

Thrane, S. Pain Management Nursing, February 2014.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 9, 2019

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