Back to The Future just celebrated its 30th anniversary of the movie which starred Michael J Fox. In 1985, Fox was at the prime of his career as an actor and had his entire life to look forward to. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and has dedicated his life to finding a cure and funding research. A large portion of his research is dedicated to the use of stem cells in Parkinson’s disease and just recently, neurologists in Australia have started a human trial studying the effects of stem cells in Parkinson’s Disease. This study is a huge advancement in scientific research as this is a step closer to finding a cure for the disease. If the first phase of the trial is successful, future studies will begin in the next few years in Europe and the United States.
Stem cells and regenerative medicine are the cutting edge of technology and the way of the future for medicine, and New Life Medical Group of Jackson, TN, serving Nashville, TN, understands the importance of regenerative medicine.
Parkinson’s disease affects millions worldwide. People affected by this disease do not have sufficient dopamine which is an important chemical in the brain that controls movement and some forms of thinking. Parkinson’s disease is thought to be caused by the loss of neurons that create dopamine in the brain and thus patients experience stiffness, tremors, slurred speech, and slow movements.
Currently, the treatment for Parkinson’s disease aims to treat the early symptoms, but do very little for the cure or for the progression of the disease. A revolutionary new therapy is designed to treat the root cause of the disease and will soon begin human testing. Scientists are now studying how regenerative medicine and stem cells can cure or decrease the progression of the disease. Stem cells will be studied to determine if the therapy can restore patient’s normal movements by targeting the dopamine specific neurons. Stem cells have been studied previously in animal trials where stem cells have been injected in the brain of rats to determine if these cells develop new neurons. The trials have been promising, and Australia has been chosen for a ground breaking study on humans using stem cells. If successful, the outcomes could have a huge impact on the future of Parkinson’s disease, and a step towards finding a cure.
Regenerative medicine is the way of the future, and research has proven the benefits of regenerative medicine. New Life Medical Group in Jackson, TN, serving Nashville, TN, offers many aspects of regenerative medicine such as stem cell therapy, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Plasma Rich Protein therapy, and prolotherapy. Each procedure is done in an outpatient setting and is performed from a staff that have been trained to use the patient’s own resources to heal their body.
(Note: New Life Medical Group does not perform stem cell therapy on Parkinson’s disease patients at this time, but we do advocate the healing and regenerative properties of stem cells to heal many other areas of the body).