Dec. 14, 2009
The latest success story comes from Australia. Ben Leahy, 20, was in a wheelchair and experiencing vision problems when he was treated earlier in 2009. Ben is now walking after treatment with adult stem cells. The treatment involves isolating the patient's bone marrow adult stem cells, giving the patient mild chemotherapy to destroy the rogue immune cells that are attacking the nervous system, then re-injecting the patient's adult stem cells.
While the Australian group has not yet published their results, the technique mirrors the treatment results published in 2009 in Lancet Neurology by Dr. Richard Burt's team at Northwestern, where they reported that they had reversed the neurological dysfunction of early-stage multiple sclerosis patients. As Dr. Burt noted:
"This is the first time we have turned the tide on this disease."
The group is now engaged in a larger, randomized clinical trial for multiple sclerosis.
Edwin McClure was treated with his own adult stem cells for MS.
In a previous clinical review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2008, the evidence indicated that adult stem cells were showing success for many diseases, including multiple sclerosis.
Barry Goudy is one of the MS patients who was helped by adult stem cell treatment.
Dr. Mark Freedman of the University of Ottawa has also reported similar success treating MS patients.
Burt and Voltarelli have also published successful results treating patients for other autoimmune diseases, including type I (juvenile) diabetes.