FasterCures: Clinical Trials Recruitment and Retention

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune condition wherein the body’s immune system recognizes nerve fibres as the enemy and begins attacking the myelin sheath, which serves as protection among nerve cells found in the brain and spine. People affected with MS have symptoms of loss of balance, clumsiness, double or blurred vision due to the delayed, deformed or blocked messages that transact within the brain to and from the rest of the body.

Stem-cell therapy and treatment have shed a positive light on MS because Dr Burt, who is with Northwestern University, Chicago, has successfully treated his parents by using therapy to kill off white blood cells (since they are the ones attacking these nerve fibres among MS patients) and rebooting the entire immune system by using the stem cells of the patient. So far, it has shown a lot of promise when dealing with MS. These randomized trials have been conducted in countries like Sweden, Britain and Brazil and so far, there has been a relapse rate of 10%. Patients who have been using this treatment have claimed that their MS symptoms have improved prior to treatment.

Delete Blood Cancer is a charity founded in Britain that aims to encourage people to register and donate their own stem cells. Slowly but surely, stem-cell therapy will come at its own time as it continues to show a lot of promise in the field of medicine. Advanced trials will proceed not only on MS but other conditions like chronic low-back pain and chronic heart failure.

This week's events

7th Annual Somatic Cell Therapy Symposium

Dates: September 26, 2007 - March 28, 2007

Presented by International Society for Cellular Therapy
Venue: Hyatt Regency Bethesda Hotel

36th Annual Meeting ISEH Society for Hematology & Stem Cells

Dates: September 28, 2007 - September 30, 2007

Presented by the International Society for Experimental Hematology
Venue: Congress Center Hamburg


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