For the first time ever in the development of stem cells a positive ray of hope comes in the picture, the FDA has approved a study out of the Medical College of Georgia that will attempt to test the effectiveness of adult umbilical cord stem cells in the treatment of the symptoms of cerebral palsy a curse for the patients. For sufferers of cerebral palsy, this could be the first step toward alleviating the outward symptoms.
For more than last 20 years, doctors have used stem cells from umbilical blood, and these tests have showed increased mobility in patients suffering from cerebral palsy a type of disease generally caused either by a brain injury or by a lack of oxygen making its way to the brain.
Blood from the umbilical cord is rich in stem cells, which have the general property to divide and multiply, and then transform into other types of cells. Stem cells have been able to help injured brain cells recover, as well as replace dead brain cells as it has been tested as per the study.
The study itself could be groundbreaking for sufferers of not only cerebral palsy, but also of all brain injuries. “Evidence up to this point has been purely anecdotal. While a variety of cord blood stem cell therapies have been used successfully for more than 20 years, this study is breaking new ground in advancing therapies for brain injury — a condition for which there is currently no cure and now we get a ray of hope to fight against this Incurable disease with the new and improved use of stem cells.”