Stem cell injections might be effective against alcoholism

Mice who were addicted to alcohol and were injected with human stem cells cut down their voluntary consumption by 80 to 90 percent in a new study conducted at the University of Chile.

Human mesenchymal stem cells were administered to mice who had become binge-drinkers. The effects of a single dose of stem cells dramatically reduced the desire for alcohol even three to five weeks afterward.

“This research suggests that the intravenous administration of MSC-spheroids may constitute an effective new approach for the treatment of alcohol-use disorders,” the study concluded.

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