Stem Cell Treatment Improves Dementia an Motor Impairments of Lewy Body Disease, Study Says - By Henry Sobo, MD
Neural stem cells transplanted into areas of brain damage in mice dramatically improved both motor and cognitive impairments associated with Lewy Body Dementia, according to a study from the University of California Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. Their findings were published in the journal Stem Cell Reports in October 2015.
ewy body Dementia is the second-most common type of age-related dementia after Alzheimer’s disease and is characterized by the accumulation of a protein called alpha-synuclein that collects into masses called Lewy bodies. Lewy bodies are also known to accumulate in other neurologic disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. This pathology impairs the normal function of neurons, leading to alterations in critical brain chemicals and neuronal communication and eventually, to cell death. More...