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    Multiple Sclerosis Stem Cell Treatment: FAQ

    By Peter Russell
    WebMD Health News

    Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD

    Jan. 19, 2016 -- Multiple sclerosis experts are welcoming a groundbreaking treatment that shows promise for some people with the disease. It uses harvested stem cells to reset patientsí immune systems and reverse some of the symptoms of MS.

    An update on the treatment, developed at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in the United Kingdom, was recently featured in a British television program. Cameras followed four people with the relapsing-remitting form of the disease as they got treated.

    The treatment is called an autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant (AHSCT, sometimes also shortened to HSCT). In the United States, two hospitals in Chicago and Seattle offer it, according to The Immune Renewal Foundation.

    But MS charities say stem cell therapy isn't right for all people with the condition.

    Here are some questions and answers about the new the treatment and how it could help.
    Dave Bexfield