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January 20, 2015

A Patient’s Path Through the Maze of Stem Cell Transplantation

A Patient's Path Through the Maze of Stem Cell Transplantation was written in 2010 to assist ALS/MND patients in their search for an effective stem cell treatment. The world of stem cell transplantation is both in its infancy and is extremely fluid.  At this time, the only FDA approved clinical trials are being conducted by Neuralstem and BrainStorm.  Nevertheless, a great deal of the information contained in this book is still relevant and should therefore be read by anyone insterested in pursuing stem cell transplantation for ALS/MND.

One of the more important area discussed is the difference between various kinds of stem cells.  Another includes questions that should be asked of any potential stem cell clinic purporting to be able to provide stem cells to ALS/MND patients in order to distinguish between legitimate institutions and predators.  The ALS/MND community is particularly vulnerable because so little is still known about this disease. The belief that there must be something, somewhere on the planet is hard to supress, and one which keeps the search alive.  

While stem cell technology has been around for many years, the ALS/MND research is still in its infancy.  Not to say there aren't exciting prospects on the horizon, but right now the clinical trials are progressing as safely and also as quickly as they can.  We can all be greatly encouraged that breakthroughs may be right around the corner.