Recent clinical research points out to a possible cause of multiple sclerosis (MS), which is an autoimmune disease which affects the central nervous system of the patient. The stem cell transplantation treatment, which also includes high-dose immunosuppressive therapy, might be a contributing factor for the development of sclerosis. Moreover, clinical trials have proven that 69% of the patients did not complain regarding any disability or relapse of multiple sclerosis after receiving autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HCIT/HDT) and high-dose immunosuppressive therapy. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducted these medical trials called HALT-MS, which were managed by Immune Tolerance Network (ITN). For this study, 24 people volunteered between the ages of 24 and 56, who were suffering from remitting-relapsing MS. The patients received a high dose of chemotherapy in order to deplete the immune system, and let the stem cells strengthen the immune system on their own. Moreover, during HALT-MS, many patients faced side effects of the HCIT/HDT, such as infections, and even after five years, many trial patients did not show any signs of relapse of MS or disability. It is possible that this treatment would be used at large scale if the HDIT/HCT procedure produces some successful results. The NIAID is an organization striving to find treatments for infections and immune-mediated diseases.
Specializing in Neurology and Psychiatry, Dr. Shiva Vasishta is a leading neurologist based in New Jersey. He is associated with the Kennedy Health System Cherry Hill Campus. Dr. Shiva Vasishta is licensed to work as a neurologist in Voorhees, New Jersey and is also affiliated with the Medicare program called “Psychiatry & Neurology – Neurology.” He has been certified by the board for practicing Neurology. Dr. Shiva Vasishta can work with different insurance plans like Medicare, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Aetna.
Dr. Shiva Vasishta went to the Government Medical College in 1979 and completed the residency at the Boston City Hospital. Since then, he has been working as a medical expert in neurology for as long as forty years. Currently, Vasishta is currently appointed at the Eastern Neurodiagnostic Associates, where he treats patients for their neurological diseases.