Recent clinical trials have given the medical community high hopes for prolonged remission of multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS), is an autoimmune disease which causes one’s immune system to attack their central nervous system. In a recent five-year trial, participants were given a cell transplant treatment known as HDIT/HCT (High Dose Immunosuppressive Therapy and Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Treatment). Those participants experienced less disease progression that those using drugs currently available for MS patients. The trial, referred to as Halt-MS, was sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The findings from this study has provided a promise of hope for the medical community as a form of treatment for an often-debilitating disease. Symptoms for MS vary, often including motor and or speech difficulties, chronic pain, fatigue and weakness. Many MS patients experience a progressive form of the disease. Thus, the idea that a one-time treatment with HDIT/HCT may deliver a more effective answer than what is accessible for patients today, is a major development.
This treatment remains experimental, aiming to suppress active disease and prevent further disabilities. As with any study there are risks, many participants experienced side effects when using HDIT/HCT. However, five years after the trial, most participants remained in remission and their MS stabilized. It is to be noted that some participants regained mobility of various physical skills.
Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta is a 1979 graduate of the Government Medical College. His medical residency was completed at the Boston City Hospital. While he has a specialty in Psychiatry, he also has a degree in Neurology. Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta currently runs his medical practice in Voorhees, New Jersey with an extensive 38-year career.
With a background in neurology and psychology
Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta is a vital member of the medical team with Kennedy University Hospital. His bi-lingual skills have proven beneficial in his medical practice countless times. Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta seeks to work with patients who may or may not have adequate insurance coverage, his office records no hidden charges and many times settles for insurance coverage price assignments.
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