Stem Cell Research Offers Hope For MS

Stem Cell Research Offers Hope For MS

A recent clinical trial involving stem cells may provide some hope for people who suffer from the debilitating disease known as multiple sclerosis. Stem cell research has become quite a controversial subject. But the advances made recently through it may be showing that it does indeed hold a promise of being able to provide effective treatments for some of the more puzzling disorders affecting many people such as MS. The said clinical trial involved six multiple sclerosis patients who were injec…

Uncovering The Roles Of Cell Targets In Immune System Disorders

Uncovering The Roles Of Cell Targets In Immune System Disorders

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles are studying the roles that different types of cells play in the immune system and the disorders associated with it. The researchers used two different types of non-invasive probes to uncover what roles played by the immune system cells on certain immune disorders. One of the probes that the researchers used is known as an FDG, which is commonly used in PET scans to track how cells break down glucose or sugar. The other probe, known as F…

Researchers Explore Ways To Reverse MS Damage

Researchers Explore Ways To Reverse MS Damage

A grant coming from the National Institutes of Health will help researchers from the University of Central Florida explore new ways to possibly reverse the damage caused by neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis. The National Institutes of Health recently provided a grant worth $1.9 million for a four year project to a tram of researchers headed by Stephen Lambert, associate professor in the College of Medicine and member of the Hybrid Systems Laboratory of the University of Central F…

Early MS Detection In Blood Uncovered

Early MS Detection In Blood Uncovered

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects a lot of people around the world. The disease can be a cause for life changing disability for a lot of people who suffer from it. The sad thing is that MS has no cure as of yet. But doctors believe that early detection may help provide a more effective intervention that will result in lesser disabilities for most MS patients.With over 2 million people affected by MS all over the world according to the National MS Society, early diagnosis a…

Stem Cell Treatment May Aid in Treatment of MS

Stem Cell Treatment May Aid in Treatment of MS

A group of British scientists have conducted the first ever trials of applying stem cell technology in treating patients suffering from multiple sclerosis.The research team, led by Professor Neil Scolding of the University of Bristol and North Bristl NHS Trust, that the treatment has shown positive results.”We believe that stem cells mobilized from the marrow to the blood are responsible and that they help improve disease in several ways,” he said.Previous studies have shown that stem cells are…

Low Vitamin D Linked To Impaired Physical And Cognitive Functions

Low Vitamin D Linked To Impaired Physical And Cognitive Functions

Studies recently conducted by researchers form the University at Buffalo show a link between low vitamin D levels with more advanced physical and cognitive impairment among people with multiple sclerosis. Although this relationship between MS and low vitamin D levels have already been suspected before, it is only recently that the association between them have been displayed in such studies. The results were reported at the latest American Academy of Neurology meeting. The study involved an MRI …

Environmental Factors May Provide Key to Multiple Sclerosis

Environmental Factors May Provide Key to Multiple Sclerosis

Although the cause of multiple sclerosis remain unknown, scientists theorize that it may have something to do with either genetic or environmental factors. A recent study showed that environmental factors may play a major role to the disease.Researchers at University of California in San Francisco conducted an intensive gene analysis on a pair of identical twins in which one has MS and the other does not. They found out that there are no genetic differences that could explain why one sibling had…

Study Provides New Insight On MS Tissue Damage

Study Provides New Insight On MS Tissue Damage

A new study conducted by researchers at Mayo Clinic showed considerable differences of tissue damage depending on the stage of multiple sclerosis. The researchers found out that plaques or the areas where the nervous system is inflamed or demyelinated seem to be predominantly active and show distinct heterogeneous patterns of myelin damage during the early relapsing stages of MS. However, smoldering or inactive plaques are seen more and characterized by uniform pattern of tissue damage on the la…

Statins May Slow MS Progression

Statins May Slow MS Progression

A recent study shows that cholesterol lowering statin drugs may actually help slow the progression of multiple sclerosis. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco found a lower incidence of new brain lesions in patients with MS who took cholesterol lowering drugs during the early stages of the disease as compared to a placebo. The study involved participants taking an 80 mg daily dose of atorvastatin, which is marketed as Lipitor. The study initially was designed to evaluate …

Study Suggests Smoking May Increase MS Risk

Study Suggests Smoking May Increase MS Risk

A recent study suggests that smoking may further increase the risk of multiple sclerosis in people who already have other risk factors for the debilitating disorder. Findings in the study showed that smokers who have high levels of protein that protects against the Epstein-Barr virus were also twice as likely to develop multiple sclerosis compared to nonsmokers. The findings were published on the online edition of the Neurology journal.According to Claire Simon of Harvard University, previous st…