29 Aug Can stem cells help Alzheimer’s patients?
Alzheimer’s disease, or simply Alzheimer’s, is a type of neurological disorder and is the most severe form of dementia. It is a complex degenerative disorder, that involves widespread damage, and finally death of different types of nerve cells in the brain. This causes the important neurochemicals to be depleted, disrupting the brain’s normal functioning.
The most common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is loss of memory. As the disease progresses, patients face difficulty in thinking, language problems, confusion, mood swings and more. The hippocampus, which is responsible for memory retention, shrinks in size. The symptoms worsen progressively.
Currently, there are no treatments available to stop or even delay the progression of the disease.
Fortunately, advancements in regenerative medicine, including stem cell therapy, have offered renewed hope for Alzheimer’s disease patients.
Stem cells can differentiate into other types of specialized cells, replacing damaged cells and repair tissues in various organs.
Mainly, there are 3 main ways in which stem cells can help in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
The first is to directly transplant stem cells into the patient’s brain. However, since Alzheimer’s affects cells over large areas of the brain, successful stem cell therapies need to be capable of producing different types of cells and a signaling mechanism to integrate any new cells into the existing brain.
Another method involves neural stem cells’ ability to produce neurotrophins – chemicals important for growth and survival of neurons but get depleted in Alzheimer’s patients. Research has shown positive results with Alzheimer’s-type symptoms after deployimg neurotrophin-producing stem cells.
The research involving stem cells shows that there is hope for complex neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
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