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Myelin damage potentially reversed using stem cells — hope for multiple sclerosis patients

from Medical News Today

Stem cells in the brain were found to regenerate myelin sheath which protect nerve fibers. Myelin also helps conduct electrical signals, impulses; it facilitates the good flow of electricity along the nervous system from the brain. Patients with multiple sclerosis have multiple areas where the myelin has disappeared, leaving a scar. Scientists from Cambridge and Edinburgh University found a biological "switch" which helps stem cells in the brain regenerate myelin in laboratory rats. They wrote about their research in Nature Neuroscience. more


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