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How stem cell therapy can help

How stem cell therapy can help

In Britain alone, approximately 800,000 individuals have dementia and this number is expected to grow up to 1.2 million by the year 2040. “The disease most affects the brain and proteins build up in the brain to form structures called plaques and tangles. This leads to the loss of connections between nerve cells and eventually to the death of nerve cells and loss of brain tissue. People who develop Alzheimers have a shortage of important chemicals in their brains.”

Dr. David Reynolds, chief scientific officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, stated “The science behind the use of stem cells as a therapy for brain diseases is still in its infancy, and while this kind of treatment is an intriguing possibility, there are huge technical challenges to overcome and fundamental questions about whether this method would be able to benefit people with dementia.”