How can stem cell therapy help in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease?


What is Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that affects the nerves cells of the central nervous system. At the onset, it manifests itself with milder symptoms like walking and then progresses into severe traumatic symptoms such as depression, emotional instability, and abnormal sleep patterns.

What causes Parkinson’s

Earlier the reason for Parkinson’s was contributed to dopamine deficiency, but the real cause of the condition is still unknown. Researchers say, there could be a causative of genetic and environmental factors for Parkinson’s. Some say, there is a strong association with Parkinson’s and head injuries. Mohammed Ali’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in the latter part of life is linked to head injury induced Parkinson’s disease.

Predominant symptoms of Parkinson’s

The condition affects both motor and nervous system. So there is a gross inability seen in the general mental state, cognition and motor skills of the affected person. The muscles begin to become rigid and accompanied with tremors.Postural imbalance and generalized sluggishness are also common. There are vivid changes in mood and behavioral patterns of the individual along with imbalance of the facial muscles. Some patients even suffer from dementia and memory loss.

Common mode of intervention

Currently, Parkinson’s is treated with dopamine medication, intense physiotherapy, and brain injuries but the recovery is very limited. So the patient leads a highly compromised life, putting up with all the disabilities.

How stem cells help?

Along with the above-said interventions, clinical trials using stem cells conducted across the globe show congenial prognosis in patients suffering from Parkinson’s. Stem cells that are tiny and powerful cells possess the ability to repair, regenerate and impact the immune system of the body. When infused they migrate towards the damaged parts of the body, in this case, brain tissue and repair and replace the faulty parts. Studies have proven that mesenchymal stem cells retrieved from the umbilical cord tissue of a newborn can differentiate into new nerve cells. Most clinical trials for Parkinson’s using stem cell therapy have also shown phenomenal successes.

If you are an expectant parent, make sure you don’t discard your baby’s umbilical cord as a medical waste but instead preserve it at a right stem cell bank. With an array of clinical trials that are ongoing in the global arena for several medical conditions like Parkinson’s, your baby’s stem cells if preserved can really serve your family well.



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