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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is a potential new hope for people who suffer from Crohn’s disease.

Crohn’s is a painful inflammatory bowel disease that can be difficult to treat. Now, scientists in the United Kingdom are testing a new way to treat it.

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Eight years of chronic pain and fatigue from Crohn’s disease became so debilitating that Moeed Majeed had to drop out of college and move home.

“I remember suddenly getting a lot of pain in my abdominal area, having to go to the bathroom a lot more, which was very unusual, and I wasn’t eating a lot because it made me feel sick,” explains Majeed.

A new clinical trial in London is working to help people like Majeed who aren’t responsive to available drugs and surgery.

“What we’re doing is using a patient’s own stem cells to reset their immune system,” stated Professor James Lindsay, the lead trial investigator.

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Study participants with Crohn’s receive chemotherapy to wipe out their faulty immune system. Doctors then use a stem cell transplant and hormone treatments to grow a new one.

“Anything that we can do that takes away the duration of that suffering is an excellent thing,” said Lindsay.

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The stem cell trial will last about four years. British scientists see real potential to someday improve the lives of patients with Crohn’s.

“The trials are great. I think it’s an awesome thing – especially with people looking to maybe find a cure,” Majeed added.

The same type of stem cell treatment has already been successful in treating multiple sclerosis and arthritis.