Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) is one of a group of genetic disorders characterized by slowly progressive in-coordination of gait and often associated with poor coordination of hands, speech, and eye movements. Frequently, atrophy of the cerebellum occurs. As with other forms of ataxia, SCA results in unsteady and clumsy motion of the body due to a failure of the fine coordination of muscle movements, along with other symptoms.
The symptoms of the condition vary with the specific type (there are several), and with the individual patient. Generally, a person with ataxia retains full mental capacity but may progressively lose physical control.
There is no known cure for Spinocerebellar Ataxia, which is a progressive disease (it gets worse with time), although not all types cause equally severe disability.
Treatments are generally limited to softening symptoms, not the disease itself. The condition can be irreversible. A person with this disease will usually end up needing to use a wheelchair, and eventually they may need assistance to perform daily tasks.
Stem cells are cells found in all multi-cellular organisms and can change into a wide range of specialized cell types, Stem cell tissues can be cultured into cells with the characteristics of the cells of tissues, muscles and nerves
In adults, stem cells can act as a repair system replenishing specialized cells. The goal is to coax stem cells to become nerve cells to replace dopamine-producing cells that have been lost in the brain
Patients have experienced significant improvements in walking, balancing and coordination after adult stem cell therapy.*
Our recently cured case is Ms. Audrey Jones - The former mayor of Manchester, England*
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