MSC Therapy for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome; It’s Time to Accelerate Clinical Trials for COVID-19 Patients in Need – WFMZ Allentown

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A new systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical studies using mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) led by a team at the Mayo Clinic, and including researchers from Emory, Duke, Case-Western, and the University of Miami, shows a trend toward improved outcomes and reduced mortality for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a major complication for patients with COVID-19. This study—and several others—also have shown that MSCs are safe for patients.

Based on these findings, the authors call for the rapid commencement of large-scale, confirmatory clinical trials to build on the existing evidence base, which shows a trend toward improved pulmonary function and reduced severe lung inflammation for patients with ARDS, paving the way toward another treatment option for seriously ill patients with COVID-19.

To date, nearly two million Americans have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 100,000 Americans have died. In its most severe