A new NIH study suggests that stem-cell transplants may be the next great hope in the fight against multiple sclerosis. According to the study, stem cell transplants of a person’s own blood cells yielded long-term remission of MS symptoms. The treatment is called high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HDIT/HCT), and the results are astounding. According to the results of the study, after five years of receiving the one-time treatment, 69% of study participants experienced no progression of symptoms, relapse, or new brain lesions.
Although more studies are needed, it appears that this single intervention may be more effective than the MS drugs that are the most commonly prescribed treatment. The study, called HALT-MS, looked at HDIT/HCT in 24 clinical subjects ranging in age 26 to 52, who despite being under treatment for MS were continuing to get worse. The fact that HDIT/HCT was able to help 70% means that it may become a go-to option for those who do not respond to other treatments.
New Jersey-based neurologist and psychiatrist Shiva Gopal Vasishta is on the staff of Kennedy University of Hosptial. Shiva Gopal Vasishta graduated from Government Medical College in Nagpur in 1979 and has been practicing medicine for 40 years. He completed his post-graduate medical education at Boston City Hospital.
Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta Vasishta is board certified in neurology and maintains his medical practice in Voorhees, New Jersey. His office accepts Medicare in addition to a number of private insurance providers, such as Aetna and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Dentist and owner of Old Bridge Dental Center, Avi Weisfogel, continues to put his money where his mouth is. Recently, he set up a GoFundMe account to raise $2,000 for Operation Smile. Children have always been his priority. Weisfogel says that all children, regardless of geographic location and socioeconomic standing, should have access to dental services.
Operation Smile was formed in 1982 for that very purpose. The international organization, formed in 1982 by Bill and Kathy Magee, provides medical procedures at no cost. The organization provides services for children and young adults who suffer from facial deformities like cleft palate and cleft lip. Thousands of medical professionals from all over the world donate their time to help children achieve a brighter future.
Avi Weisfogel has also opened a number of businesses to help patients deal with sleep apnea. Wiesfogel opened Owner Unlimited Sleep Patient and Dental Sleep Masters to help other doctors understand how to treat sleeping disorders. He also created patented appliances made specifically to treat the disorder.
According to Weisfogel, sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans. The highest risk group is men and women who are obese. The extra fat deposits around the neck area can obstruct airwaves and cause the sufferer to stop breathing. Weisfogel says children can also suffer from the condition, if they suffer from asthma or some other respiratory condition.Born and raised in New Jersey, Weisfogel graduated from Rutgers University and New York University School of Dentistry. He has operated the Old Bridge Dental Center for over 15 years. Weisfogel resides in Orange, NJ with his wife and four children.
Not many people would associate sleep disorders and conditions with dental problems. In reality, there are lots of dental professionals who treat patients with sleeping problems. The matter of sleep isn’t a fully studied field, so there’s always new evidence linking seemingly abstract professionals to the cause. For lots of dentists, they start receiving sleep-related patient complaints within their first month of operations.
For Avi Weisfogel, it was his first week on the job. He was receiving so many sleep patients that he developed a keen interest in the subject. He became interested in the marketing and business that dentists offer. Eventually, he would end up joining most of the dental marketing clubs in the country. Despite great success in these clubs, he was dissatisfied with the marketing strategy used by the clubs.
He wanted a strategy that would provide a steady flow of oral appliance patients. In 2010, Avi left the practice and opened his own sleep-based company. He spent the next two years and millions of dollars developing a system that could provide him with the 300 oral appliance patients a month that he wanted. His system has since made him famous in the medical world.
His system was so successful that he began teaching others. He spent the next year teaching classes of fellow professionals his methods. Along with his partner Barry, he created the Dental Sleep Masters programs. The program was designed to reach out to more dentists, physicians, and patients that could benefit from the program. The program is an immensely progressive step in the world of sleep medicine.
Far too many people with sleep disturbed breathing go undiagnosed. About 90 percent of people with sleeping troubles are unaware that there are treatments and programs that could help.The new model created by Avi’s program creates a positive environment in which physicians and their associates, as well as the patient, can get a better understanding of what’s causing the problem. The program has been such a success that hundreds of other dentists have joined the team.