What does autism in the U.S. look like today? According to the National Autism Association, approximately one in 59 children are diagnosed with autism in the United States, with over half classified as having an intellectual disability or borderline intellectual disability. Furthermore, over the last 20 years, the rate of autism has steadily grown.
Autism is a disorder that impacts the nervous system and can be found in both children and adults. Over the years the diagnosis and treatment of autism has evolved, so much so that now autism is identified early on and thus, promptly treated, which has helped patients progress and/or decrease their symptoms. In fact, the National Autism Association reports that children with autism do progress and that early intervention is key.
Moreover, what does the future of autism treatment look like? Below we discuss what autism is, the latest research with autism and stem cell therapy and what that could mean for autism treatment down the road.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism can be diagnosed at any age, but symptoms usually occur in children ages five years or younger.
Additionally, autism is defined as a single disorder that includes previous separate behavior disorders (autism, Asperger’s syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder).
Features of these disorders include social deficits and communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, sensory issues, and in some cases, cognitive delays.
How is Autism Typically Treated?
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for autism. Once diagnosed, autism treatment usually includes medication and behavioral/psychological/educational therapy. Doctors and pediatricians work with their autism patients to create an individual treatment plan that can ultimately help the child/adult grow and improve, leading to a more happy and productive life.
However, while medications have been the traditional responses to autism treatments, many children can respond atypically to medications and can have adverse effects. Furthermore, there is no known medication that fully relieves the symptoms and addresses the true root causes of the disorder.
Latest Research on Autism and Stem Cell Therapy
What is the latest research when it comes to autism treatment and stem cell therapy? In 2017, scientists at Duke Health conducted an experimental, open-label autism therapy study for children, ages 2 to 5, using their own umbilical cord blood collected at birth. The umbilical cord blood, which contains rare stem cells, was infused through an IV into the patients.
The results? More than two-thirds of the 25 children “appeared to show improvements in speech, socialization, and eye contact, as reported by parents and assessed by researchers.”
This is a huge development in autism treatment, however the Duke researchers cautioned that their experimental study was not designed to evaluate whether a cord blood infusion is effective in improving autism symptoms and that the results were not measured against data from the placebo group.
The principal investigator of the study, Duke Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist Joanne Kurtzberg, MD explains, “Parents of children with autism should not interpret these results as conclusively showing the effectiveness of this treatment. There is much work still to be done in much larger, randomized clinical studies before we can draw any firm conclusions about effectiveness.”
Furthermore, CNN reported that a second study is underway, this time with more than 100 children. It’s classified as a “randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial”, which is the standard when testing new treatments. Researchers believe that this study is progressing the idea of stem cell therapy as an option for autism treatment.
What is Stem Cell Therapy for Autism?
Stem cell therapy for autism is an effective approach to treating autism which is based on the unique ability of stem cells to influence metabolism, immune system, and restore damaged cells and tissues. Therapy positively affects all body organs and systems, including the main part – the brain.
Furthermore, the regrowth of brain cells and overall improvement of neurological functions are possible through stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapies have shown to help improve blood and oxygen flow to the brain, and even help form new arteries in the brain. After some time, stem cells acquire properties of the cells surrounding them and multiply into these cells, which results in white and gray matter restoration and, consequently, the reduction of symptoms and improved intellectual capacity.
From stem cell therapy, the cells implement new growth by giving the regeneration process a kick start. These new and revolutionary stem cell-based treatments are opening the doors for restoring the quality of life for children and also adults.
Our mission at NSI Stem Cell is to improve the quality and quantity of the lives of our patients by using the latest regenerative medicine technology to reverse disease and repair tissue while avoiding invasive surgical techniques and harmful medications.
What Makes NSI Stem Cell the Top Stem Cell Clinic in the World is Demonstrated in 5 Key Areas:
Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on almost 15,000 patients with incredible results.
Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
Leading scientific researchers who follow advanced scientific guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics.
Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge therapy that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked and helped them avoid surgery and side effects of other treatments.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics and see for yourself why people travel from all over the globe for therapy you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate for their world renown stem cell therapy. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.