Notice no body said word one about resistance ..........
The researchers believe that doxycycline, a member of the tetracycline family of antibiotics, may block an enzyme which destroys nerve cells, thus protecting the brain and increasing the effectiveness of the immune system.
Dr Laura Bell, of the MS Society, said: "Antibiotics are cheap and easily available, which would make them an attractive treatment for MS if they were shown to be beneficial.
"However this study is very early stage in only 15 people with MS and no firm conclusions can be drawn at this stage."
Chris Jones, chief executive of the MS Trust, agreed that the study was small, and had only covered a short period of time.
"A longer trial with more people will be needed before we can properly gauge the value of this combination for people with MS."
Helen Yates, of the MS Resource Centre, said the condition was complex and difficult.
She said other work was examining the possibility that MS was linked to an infection of the bacterium Chlamydia pneumoniae - more commonly associated with respiratory disease - in the brain.
"The growing interest in combination therapies is producing some good results, in particular for those people for whom single therapies have not worked."
Once again we do see the assertion that abx have properties other than the antiinfective, but I was pleased to see they acknowledge the work that suggests MS is CPn related.
It is incredible that there is any resistance at all to people using abx, a few more studies like this and people will begin to hear "well we might add minocycline (or doxy) to your regimen...." from the neuro's!
I can see my smug fellow hiking up his pants and telling me what "WE now know" about abx...............