Breakthrough Therapies For Disabled Patients

Disabled patients have tried many therapies that are available today.  There are so many breakthroughs over the last few years, here are a few that made the difference for many disabled patients:

#1.  Autologous Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant 

Disability – Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

How It Works

AHSCT works by destroying the faulty immune system using chemotherapy and is then rebuilt using stem cells from disabled patients own blood.  The process reboots the immune system back to a point before the MS started.

Side effects – nausea and hair loss

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#2.  Light Therapy

Disability – chronic conditions eg. arthritis

How It Works

Light therapy increases circulation by encouraging the formation of new capillaries – additional blood vessels replacing damaged ones. These capillaries speed up healing by giving much-needed oxygen and nutrients.

Side effects – Slight discomfort for a short period of time and is a normal part of recovery.

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#3.  Eye Drops for Cataracts

Disability – visual impairment

Active ingredient N-acetylcarnosine is found in muscle and nerve cells.  It helps with maintaining protein integrity in the lens.

Side effects – none

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#4.  Lidocaine for “Yuppie Flu”

Disability – chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome aka “yuppie flu” is a very debilitating condition. Lidocaine solution, when injected by a medical professional has helped drop fatigue levels by 38%.

Side effects – Low blood pressure, nausea and constipation.

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#5.  Gene Editing (CRISPR technology)

Disability – retinal degenerative disease and inherited diseases.

This method holds potential for the treatment of many diseases such as retinal degenerative diseases and inherited diseases. CRISPR makes it possible to move genes from any living thing and move to another, altering DNA.  It cuts away genes that are destructive and replaces them with segments of DNA that are the good guys!

 Side effects – none

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If you know of any other breakthroughs worth mentioning, please leave a comment on our blog;)

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