Parkinson’s disease: Can stem cells help?

Parkinson’s disease: Can stem cells help?

Parkinson’s disease affects millions worldwide. Although there is no known cure, regenerative medicine and stem cell treatments have shown great potential to treat the disease. Stem cells can help to restore and regenerate various types of cells and tissues in the body. Patients with a variety of neurological disorders have experienced improvement in their symptoms with stem cell injections.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by tremors, muscle rigidity and other symptoms, caused by the death of dopamine-producing neurons in the ‘substantia nigra’ region of the brain. Since a single, well-defined type of cell is affected, it may be possible to treat Parkinson’s Disease by replacing the lost nerve cells with healthy new ones.

Scientists believe that introducing young cells into the brain can treat Parkinson’s disease and considerable progress has been made in creating dopamine-producing cells from stem cells.

Both Embryonic Stem cells and Induced Pluripotent Stem cells hold great potential.

  • Embryonic stem (ES) cells can be directed to make dopamine-producing neurons, which can be transplanted into patients.
  • Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells can be made from a patient’s adult skin cells in the lab, and then used to make dopamine-producing neurons.

With the help of stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease, these nerve cells can be restored to help improve clarity and motion.

To learn more about stem cell therapy and treatment for Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders in Encino and Beverly Hills, CA, call Advanced Stem Cell Institute at 760-878-7136 today!

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