Mayo Clinic researching ALS stem cell treatment
POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 8:09pm
The Mayo Clinic is testing the safety and effectiveness of taking stem cells from a patient's own fat and injecting them into their spinal fluid to slow the progressiveness of ALS.
(KARE) Seventy-five years ago, Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with the rare, neurological disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the Mayo Clinic.
On July 4th, 1939, he gave his famous farewell speech to baseball fans.
Doctors now have a better understanding of the fatal disease but apart from medication that may give someone an extra couple of months, there is still no good way to extend someone's life.
Mayo Clinic researchers are working with stem cells to develop a new treatment. A New Brighton woman hopes to benefit.
Linda Leight spends every minute she can with her eight grandchildren. They visit her often at her home.
Time with grandchildren is always precious, but even more so for her because just like baseball legend Gehrig, Leight has ALS.