Newspapers claim MS pill coming soon - Health News - NHS ChoicesAccording 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 http://www.nhs.uk/news/2011/09September/Pages/multiple-sclerosis-brain-steroid-pill.aspx