Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Could Stem Cell Transplant ‘fix’ Schizophrenia?

This article says that maybe in the future. “Experimental work on rats suggests transplanting stem cells could be a permanent cure for schizophrenia, University of Texas researchers say.”  I know myself and a lot of people with schizophrenia would love it if this actually works.  It would be a permanent cure.  Would not have to take pills every day and worry about your weight or whatever else these pills do to a person. It makes a person wonder how the future might look if schizophrenia was cured.
The article goes on to say: “In a study released Monday, a team at the Health Science Center in San Antonio said cells removed from rat fetuses and injected into the hippocampus of adult rats restored normal functioning.  Schizophrenics lack cells called ‘interneurons’ that govern the dopamine system and the hippocampus, which plays an important function in learning, memory and executive functioning such as decision-making.” Well they haven’t tried it out on humans yet so we will have to wait and see.  Although it would be real nice if it worked and I know everyone is waiting to see if it does.
The scientist say: “Daniel Lodge, an assistant professor of pharmacology in the medical school, said current treatment for schizophrenia, including medication and deep-brain stimulation, works only temporarily.  In rats, the cell transplantation appears to work a permanent cure.”  One day we will figure out how the brain works and maybe the future is getting closer than we think.  All I ever took for my schizophrenia is medication. If this does work will there still be stigma for mental illness that is the only thing I hate in having this disease is the stigma.
How would they do this? “You can essentially fix the problem, Lodge said.  Ultimately, if this is translated to humans, we want to reprogram a patient’s own cells and use them.  Stephanie Perez, a graduate student in Lodge’s lab and lead author of a paper on the research using cell transplants to restore motor deficits.”  They would use your own cells.  If this works we have to acknowledge that someone thought of this idea and maybe it will work.  It would be nice if this works.  Would it work for other mental illnesses?  There are still so many unanswered questions about this.  We will just have to wait and see what comes of this study.

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