Researchers at Texas A&M University are utilizing stem cell injections into the brain to alleviate the most common and severe case of seizures of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE) in an animal model. The experimental treatment resulted in 70% of the subjects experiencing a reduction in the number of seizures with researchers expecting the number to climb as the research advances. Current treatment of TLE involves treatment with medication [to which 40% of patients do not respond] or, invasive surgery. To eliminate this type of epilepsy, some patients have their entire hippocampus removed, which can lead to disastrous side effects impacting the patient’s mood and memory.
In anticipation of human applications, the researchers envisage recovering stem cells from the patient themselves before administering the treatment. “Such an approach is particularly attractive for people with drug-resistant epilepsy for long-term seizure control, and improving cognitive and mood function,” comments Ashok Shetty, Professor at Texas A&M. This novel use of autologous [the patient’s own] stem cells represents a significant improvement over current treatments for the hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from epilepsy worldwide.
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