STEM CELL THERAPY FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of senile dementia. It is typically associated with a slow but progressive loss of nerve cells and nerve cell contacts. The onset of the disease is insidious, and the first symptoms to manifest are impaired memory and orientation.
As the disease progresses, the sufferer’s mental faculties deteriorate and, after a few years, patients require help to perform everyday tasks and are no longer able live on their own. One particularly disturbing aspect of this stage of the disease for family and friends is that the patient often doesn’t recognize close relatives or perhaps even their partner. People with Alzheimer’s disease also gradually lose their personality.
It is not known what causes Alzheimer’s disease, although the brains of Alzheimer’s patients do demonstrate typical microscopic changes: Extracellular protein depositions –called amyloid plaques– and fibrous intracellular protein aggregations –called neurofibrillar tangles. It seems impossible to cure Alzheimer’s disease because dead nerve cells cannot be regenerated.
Alzheimer’s disease therapy
The stem cells are first collected from a patient’s bone marrow extracted from the hipbone (iliac crest) then implanted back into the body a few days after being processed in the laboratory. Prior to re-implantation of the cells, the bone marrow is processed in one of our labs, where the quantity and quality of the stem cells is also checked.
These re-injected stem cells may transform into new cells; rejuvenating or replacing damaged tissue and/or nerves. Adipose derived stem cells are also being used for treatment.
The stem cell treatment is giving hope to patients and relatives of slowing down the disease progression & improvement of some symptoms.
How can stem cell help?
- Because of this property of the stem cells to re-grow neural tissue, it may be possible to stop the advent of the disease and may even regenerate the nerve fibres and their connections.
- The adipose-derived stem cells are well known for their ability to differentiate into multiple tissue types. Using such stem cells from humans, researchers have been able to help patients re-grow healthy brain tissue to address the complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Currently, bone marrow derived stem cells are being used regularly for treatment of Alzheimer’s treatment.
- The treatment aims to restore, rejuvenate and recreate the neural cell destroyed due to the disease.
- It is possible to infuse the stem cells into the blood. The cells find their own way to the brain and begin forming the cells and tissues needed. The cell differentiates into nerve cells axons and their connections.
- Nature’s own way repairing impaired cells and tissues.
- Improve life style.
- Slows down the progression of disease.
- Low or no risk of tumors or other side effects.
- Adipose derived mesenchyme stem cells are capable of creating all the cells making the nervous system.
- Lower overall risk of treatment.
- Simple but effective.