A new scientific discovery gives a glimmer of hope that the effects of neurological conditions that are currently untreated may one day be reversed.
Mark Zimmer had been an athlete all his life, but when he began to feel weak in his legs and stumbled on his own feet, he knew something was wrong. Zimmer was diagnosed with ALS.
It is one of a wide range of disorders that cause central nervous system damage, ranging from multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease to spinal cord injuries and stroke. They all have limited treatment options.
Ohio researchers are one step closer to changing that. In a new study, they discovered a new immune cell that not only preserves nerve fibers, but can even reverse nerve damage and restore function. At the moment, these are just laboratory tests, but they hope that this will lead to real treatment along the way.
Now that researchers have identified this healing cell, they will work to extract it and grow more of the cells in a laboratory to enhance their healing effects.
They hope they can influence cells in patients as a potential treatment for neurological damage.
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