The horrible disease multiple sclerosis – usually known as MS – influences the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal chord and having countless physical and mental symptoms. Double vision, visual impairment, psychological issues, or muscle issues – they’re all possible symptoms of MS.
In a few cases, MS can be deadly and can reduce life expectancy. In spite of the fact that medicine exists to treat various sclerosis in some capacity, there is no cure for the disease.
However, that may soon be a thing of the past as scientist Dr. Su Metcalfe is on the verge of a medical breakthrough.
With over 2.3 million individuals infected with the disease around the globe, a cure for MS would be a therapeutic ponder. Dr. Metcalfe thought that the attack on the nerve cells can be ended thanks to a new medical development that has been made at her company LIFNano.
“Some people get progressive MS, so go straight to the severe form of the disease, but the majority have a relapsing or remitting version,” Dr. Metcalfe said to Cambridge News.
“It can start from the age of 30, and there’s no cure, so all you can do is suppress the immune response, but the drugs that do that have side effects, and you can’t repair the brain. The cost of those drugs is very high, and in the UK there are a lot of people who don’t get treated at all.”
Dr. Metcalfe utilizes stem cell particle LIF that is a part of the immune cell, and this explicit stem cell particle can control and bind the attack on your body.
“I was looking to see what controls the immune response and stops it auto-attacking us,” she explains.
“I discovered a small binary switch, controlled by a LIF, which regulates inside the immune cell itself. LIF is able to control the cell to ensure it doesn’t attack your own body but then releases the attack when needed.
“That LIF, in addition to regulating and protecting us against attack, also plays a major role in keeping the brain and spinal cord healthy. In fact it plays a major role in tissue repair generally, turning on stem cells that are naturally occurring in the body, making it a natural regenerative medicine, but also plays a big part in repairing the brain when it’s been damaged.
“So I thought, this is fantastic. We can treat auto-immune disease, and we’ve got something to treat MS, which attacks both the brain and the spinal cord. So you have a double whammy that can stop and reverse the auto-immunity, and also repair the damage caused in the brain.”
A date for a potential cure has been set at 2020, despite the fact that that date may be somewhat enthusiastic. In any case, a cure in 2020 could be possible if tests are positive and enough research should be possible.
“The 2020 date is ambitious, but with the funding we’ve got and the funding we’re hoping to raise, it should be possible,” she says. “Psoriasis is high up on our list, and diabetes is another. Downstream there are all the dementias because a LIF is a major health factor for the brain. So if we can get it into the brain we can start protecting against dementia.”