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Children with cerebral palsy have hope

Olfactory cells benefit children with cerebral palsy.
Unique regenerative cells surrounding neurons in the nose may be a promising treatment for the childhood neuromuscular disorder, stated Chinese researchers. Childhood neuromuscular disorder is more known as cerebral palsy.

The olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) support and ensheathe neurons within the olfactory system. The OECs can regenerate quick and it is easy to obtain them. Today they are actually main candidates for transplantation to repair a number of lesions in the central nervous system. Being transplanted the olfactory ensheathing cells have shown potential usefulness for a number of neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. OECs are known to retain exceptional plasticity and promote olfactory blood vessel growth while offering neuroprotection.

The Chinese researchers tested their hypothesis successfully in a small clinical trial in China. The OECs might also hold promise for treating cerebral palsy (CP). It is a neurological disorder appearing in infancy or early childhood and characterized by its permanent effects on muscle movement.