I’ve recently read some older articles about rewiring the brain after stroke and it made me wonder what advances there are in this type of therapy and how they might apply to MS patients. One article I read; “Mechanisms Underlying Improved Recovery of Neurological Function After Stroke in the Rodent After Treatment With Neurorestorative Cell-Based Therapies” Michael Chopp, PhD, Yi Li, MD, and Zheng Gang Zhang, MD, PhD, suggested that “white matter architecture” in the brain was altered by cell treatment. The article is filled with a great deal of technical jargon that is beyond my scope of understanding; however, it ends with the following “This work describes series of interlocking neurorestorative events that are activated by the presence of exogenously administered cells. Essentially, the cells act as catalysts, with their potency to enhance recovery deriving from their action on parenchymal cells.”
In reading this article; if I’ve understood it properly, it is suggesting that cell therapy can actually improve function and repair myelin. I thought, a few months back I heard of studies being conducted with MS patients involving cell therapy. If anyone could cite an article for me I would be most interested in reading it.
Here is my thought; if cell therapy can possibly repair the myelin or improve function for individuals with stroke then it stands to reason that it should do the same for MS patients, granted that doesn’t target the underlying problem that causes the attacks on the myelin in the first place.
The reason I find this of interest is because I’ve read other articles where the brain can also be remapped. This is a process where the brain relearns the process of matching visual input with sensory input and thereby remaps the motor commands.
Could these two studies together significantly slow the disease and buy those of us with MS more time to enjoy life while they figure out the cure? I mean in the long run I would think this would be a more cost-effective therapy than the rediculously expensive DMD’s (Disease Modifying Drugs) that we are forced to buy at $4500.00 a month only to slow the progression of the disease with sometimes little or no result?