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Dr Shiva Gopal Vasishta Is Bringing New Hope to MS Patients

There many be new hope on the horizon for patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. A recent study called HALT-MS, looked at the results of using high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HDIT/HCT) in 24 clinical trial subjects. They had a wide range of ages, going from 26 to 52. In every case, the patient was continuing to get worse despite being treated for MS. The one time treatment, which uses stem cell transplants of a patient’s own blood cells, produced remission of their MS symptoms in 69% of the participants. After 5 years they hadn’t experienced a relapse, worsening of symptoms, or new brain lesions. While more studies are needed, the treatment’s success may mean it will come to be a go to treatment for patients who aren’t responding to other treatments.

 

Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta is board certified in neurology and has a medical practice in Voorhees, New Jersey. He is one of 34 neurologists affiliated with Kennedy University Hospital. He earned his medical degree at Government Medical College Nagpur. Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta trained under under International authorities, Dr. Theodore Munsat and Dr. John Kelly, during his residency at Tufts Medical Center and Boston University Medical Center.

One of the many services that Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta can provide is the diagnosis and treatment of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. This is a neurodegenerative disease in which the motor neurons die. The disease eventually leads to complete paralysis. One of the tools Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta will use to diagnose patients is the Electromyography test or EMG. This test is made up of a nerve conduction study and a needle EMG. When diagnosing ALS, he will check for weakness in many areas of the body even if no weakness is apparent.