Lund University researchers in Sweden have discovered a new novel source of stem cells located in adult human brains. This exciting discovery holds tremendous potential as far as being able to regenerate individuals with impaired brain and or nervous system function.
Potential disorders this new therapy may be applicable for include those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, which is also referred to as Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in pets, traumatic brain injuries and even nerve repair for a wide range of neuro-degenerative disorders from Parkinson’s disease to paralysis and various debilitating spinal cord injuries.
These new novel stem cells are different than any type of stem cell previously identified and appear to be quite abundant in the adult brain. More importantly they can differentiate and can grow into many different types of cells including brain and nerve cells.
Another unique feature of these stem cells is their ability to contribute and lead to repair and wound healing not only in the brain but also in the spinal cord.
Scientists are working to control and enhance the self-healing properties of these stem cells to develop therapies targeted to heal and repair specific injuries and damage to both the brain and spinal cord.
It is also worthy to note that a similar type of novel stem cell has been identified in various organs demonstrating the ability to grow and differentiate into muscle, bone and cartilage cells.
The potential therapies these stem cells offer hold tremendous potential for a wide variety of brain and nervous system disorders not previously curable that affect people and pets.
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