Although stem cell therapy for autism treatment is still being studied, it has shown very promising results, especially when used under the supervision of a highly qualified medical professional like Dr. Steenblock. The first study of this type of treatment took place at Duke University and recently reported findings in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine. The two-thirds of the 25 children who took part in the Duke study saw improvements in autism symptoms after this treatment.
Each child in the study received an infusion of 1 billion to 2 billion specialized cells through an IV. Six months after this treatment and six months after that, they returned to Duke for evaluations that included MRIs, EEGs, and autism assessment. In up to 70 percent of the study group, researchers and parents noted improved speech, more functional communication, increased ability to play, and decreased repetitive behaviors.
Though more research is needed, a larger trial is currently underway and will hopefully lead to the widespread availability of stem cell therapy for autism. The new double-blind study, under Food and Drug Administration oversight, will involve 165 autistic children ages 2 to 8. Study participants will receive certain types of cells, six months apart, so that researchers can evaluate changes in their symptoms.
While scientists don’t know exactly why stem cell therapy for autism works, they think these cells may be able to penetrate the brain, improving neuro-connectivity and reducing inflammation that may contribute to autism.
Across the country, other clinical trials for autism and stem cell therapy also hope to explore the possibilities of this treatment. Programs are studying the underlying mechanisms of autism through special stem cells called hiPSC cells.
Each year, approximately 1 in 8 U.S. children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. These disorders are more prevalent among males than females and are of uncertain origin. Most experts agree they likely stem from a combination of genetic, biological, and environmental factors. Parents who are concerned about the risk for autism should definitely learn more information about the use of stem cell therapy for autism symptoms.
During a consultation at Personalized Regenerative Medicine, you can get all the facts about how stem cells can be used to help patients with autism. Dr. Steenblock is an expert in this exciting field of medicine. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in San Clemente!