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Stem cells 'visibly repair brain'

Stem cells 'visibly repair brain'
24th August 2009

While there is no known cure for such things as Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, the use of stem cells in fixing damaged parts of the brain has now been formally identified.

In studies carried out by Tel Aviv University, stem cells created from the patient's own bone marrow were used in tests to halt cell degeneration in patients with the conditions.

Dr Yoram Cohen explained that through an MRI machine, it is actually possible to see the movement of such stem cells as they migrate to the diseased areas of the brain.

He explained: "Cells that go toward a certain position that needs to be rescued are the best indirect proof that they are live and viable.

"If they can migrate towards the target, they are alive and can read chemical signalling."

As part of its drive to highlight the importance of Huntington's disease funding, the Huntington's Disease Association is holding a black tie dinner on October 30th in Liverpool, with Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet exclusively performing.

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