Wednesday, March 23, 2011

National multiple sclerosis monitoring system created
An expert working group is now reviewing studies from Canada and around the world, and will make its recommendations to the government. Aglukkaq said the government will pay for clinical trials if the expert group decides they're scientifically warranted.
"Canada has taken the lead in trying to get to the bottom of this," Vancouver neurologist Dr. Anthony Traboulsee, chair of the Canadian Network of MS Clinics, said at Wednesday's announcement.
Researchers are working as quickly as possible "to get the right answers for Canadians — not just what's being driven through the social media, but we need the truth," he said.
Traboulsee, director of the MS clinic at UBC Hospital, has seen complications in patients who have undergone surgery outside the country and received a stent — tiny, cage-like tubes or scaffolds that are sometimes used to keep veins open. "It irritates the skin, or the vein and often causes pain in the neck," he said. "The best care for dealing with those stents isn't really known."
But some patients have reported that their hands are warmer and their energy better.
"I hear a whole variety of things," Traboulsee said.
"Right now it's just a collection of people's experiences, which is important," he said. "But for the Canadian public, we need

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