according to The disease is caused by the immune system malfunctioning and mistakenly attacking nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
The treatment, autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT), was given to patients with advanced forms of the disease who had failed to respond to other medications.
“In this study, which is the largest long-term follow-up study of this procedure, we’ve shown we can ‘freeze’ a patient’s disease – and stop it from becoming worse, for up to five years.”
The treatment works by destroying the immune cells responsible for attacking the nervous system.
Dr Paolo Muraro, the new study’s lead author, said: “We previously knew this treatment reboots or resets the immune system but we didn’t know how long the benefits lasted.
according to The findings does not negate the fact that eating fish provides many health benefits.
“For most people, eating fish is part of a healthy diet.
But, people should choose species that are known to have a lower mercury content and avoid consuming fish caught in waters where there is mercury contamination, the researchers suggested.
But questions remain about the possible impact of mercury in fish,” said Elijah Stommel from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, US.
For the study, the team surveyed 518 people, 294 of whom had ALS and 224 of whom did not and the frequency that the participants reported eating fish with high mercury levels.
MS treatment that ‘resets’ immune system may halt disease for at least 5 years
according to A type of treatment for multiple sclerosis that ‘resets’ the immune system may stop progression of the disease in nearly half of patients.
All immune system cells are made from stem cells in the bone marrow.
The condition is caused by the immune system malfunctioning and mistakenly attacking nerves in the brain and spinal cord.
Previous studies have suggested this ‘resets’ the immune system, and stops it from attacking the nerve cells.
The one-off treatment aims to prevent the immune system from attacking the nerve cells.