The Brain Does Repair Itself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve never been very excited about stem cells therapy for two reasons: one is that it is still going to take decades before treatments based on stem cells are available, the second is because if you don’t find the causes to brain damaging diseases you can spend the rest of your life trying to repair your brain with stem cells that your body is still going to attack whatever it is it’s attacking, whether it’s myelin or other substance.

That being said, I still found this TED Talk interesting. Doctor Siddharthan Chandran explains that, contrary to what was believed some time ago, the brain does have the ability to repair itself, it just doesn’t do it well enough, or fast enough. So what can be done to help the body regenerate and what kind of therapies can we expect in the future?

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