New Selma Blair documentary spotlights a cutting-edge multiple sclerosis treatment pioneered at Northwestern

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CHICAGO — In summer 2019, a well-known Hollywood actor could be spotted on downtown sidewalks, her head shaved, her walk aided by a stylish three-wheeled, lemon-yellow scooter. Selma Blair had come to Chicago for a little-known but often highly effective multiple sclerosis treatment, pioneered in the United States by Northwestern University’s Dr. Richard Burt. Blair’s malfunctioning immune system would be suppressed with chemotherapy, then allowed to reboot with the aid of a hematopoietic stem cell transplant, in the hope of restoring it to health. The stakes were high, both for Blair, who was…

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