By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health
A stem cell transplant may help some people with multiple sclerosis when standard drugs fail, a new clinical trial finds.
The study focused on 110 patients with aggressive cases of MS: Their symptoms had flared up at least twice in the past year despite taking standard medication, and they’d already tried an average of three of those drugs.
Researchers randomly assigned the patients to either keep trying other medications or have a stem cell transplant — using cells taken from their own blood.
Over an average of three years, MS progressed in 34 of 55 patients on medication — meaning their disabilities worsened. That compared with only three of 55 patients given a stem cell transplant.