Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New treatment for MS? |
Doctors say they've made a discovery that could lead to a new treatment for multiple sclerosis patients.

MS attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing inflammation and sometimes leaving a patient paralyzed.

Researchers say they've discovered that MS patients lack a specific chemical compound in their brains called neurosteroids. Researchers say increasing steroids in the brains of MS patients may regress and possibly even cure the disease.
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Scientists make breakthrough discovery for multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy
Researchers have discovered a way to produce huge amounts of myelinating cells in short periods of time – paving the way for revolutionary treatment in neurodegenerative diseases.
How we use our senses and the ways that we respond to them are common processes that make us human. More specifically, the communication between special nerve cells called neurons in our nervous system is especially important if we expect to sense, think, and move.
A part of what makes neurons work so efficiently is the protein myelin – a smooth layer of protein that helps speed up nerve impulses between neurons. Losing this myelin causes significant nerve damage; and is the hallmark of debilitating diseases like cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.
But scientists at Case Western Reserve University of School of Medicine have discovered a way to produce copious amounts of myelinating cells in a short period of time using stem cells. read more

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Newspapers claim MS pill coming soon - Health News - NHS Choices
According to the Daily Mirror, there is a “daily pill to prevent or even cure multiple sclerosis in the pipeline”. The newspaper says that “experts are ready to start human trials on the pills and hope they could be widely available within seven years”.
In multiple sclerosis (MS) patients experience damage to the protective coating around nerve cells, called myelin sheaths. These sheaths protect the part of the cell, called the axon, responsible for sending signals to other nerve cells. Damage to the myelin sheath, and subsequently to the axon, prevents the brain and spinal cord from communicating with each other. Although the underlying cause of MS is not known, in recent years researchers have begun considering the role that certain naturally occurring brain steroids may play in the condition. In this latest animal study researchers examined how mice with a multiple-sclerosis-like disease responded to daily injections of a steroid called allopregnanolone, which is normally found in the brain.
The results of this study appear to be promising but, read more

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Daily pill could stop or even reverse multiple sclerosis | Mail Online
Doctors have made an 'exciting' breakthrough that could lead to a new treatment to stop - or even reverse the symptoms - of multiple sclerosis.

Researchers have discovered that people with MS have significantly lower levels of brain chemicals called neuro-steroids.

Neuro-steroids help build brain cells and maintain their function, connecting different areas of activity in the brain.

Scientists and neurologists at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada believe

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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MS treatment avenue may expand with brain steroids - Health - CBC News
Multiple sclerosis might be connected to a lack of steroids in the brain, Alberta researchers have found.
MS attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing inflammation and damage that can lead to paralysis and sometimes blindness.
In the September issue of the journal Brain, neurologist Dr. Chris Power of the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton and his colleagues describe a new potential avenue for treating MS

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