Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that brain tissue transplants may effectively cure epilepsy.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/) notes in an e-newsletter article, epilepsy, a disease impacting close to three million Americans and 50 million people worldwide, has been perplexing doctors since it was first reported. Current medical treatments don’t seem to work, with 30% of sufferers not responding to treatment at all, making epilepsy a very frustrating, and often dangerous, condition.
As the e-newsletter article, “The Mysterious Disease Affecting 50 Million People” reports, because medical treatments don’t tend to work, doctors have changed their focus to alternative therapies—and researchers may have found a cure. The latest study out of the University of California in San Francisco produced results indicating that brain tissue transplants to epileptics can either halt or drastically reduce seizures. Transplanted brain tissue directly focusing on the cause of seizures showed resoundingly positive results.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that doctors recognized seizures occur because of highly active nerve cells in the brain that were behaving abnormally, all firing at the same time. By transplanting a specific brain tissue called MGI, the overly active seizure-triggering cells were kept under control. The tests were conducted on mice in a lab setting, but appear very promising.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by noting that epilepsy is a condition that causes seizures; sufferers lose consciousness while their bodies convulse, potentially leading to brain damage, serious falls, and a number of other injuries. Warning signs appear in some, while others fall into seizures with no warning at all. While this procedure still needs to be tested in humans, it shows promise.
(SOURCE: “Epilepsy cured in mice using brain cells,” ScienceDaily web site, May 5, 2013; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130503230317.htm, last accessed May 8, 2013.)
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