MSB , I think the BNAC are doing outstanding work . I look forward to reading all future papers on their MS research , that relate to CCSVI. It is my understanding that BNAC is in the process of taking the next step , and including the performing of venous angiography in a .... small .... group of pwMS. I believe the enrollment for this is about .. 15 ...pwMS.
The smallish number due to ........ the high cost's of CCSVI evaluation , treatment , and follow-up . Not to mention the high cost of any unexpected medical dilemas or emergencies that MIGHT show up.
Which leads me to wonder ........
When I stated that I only consider any CCSVI study feasible .... that includes BOTH invasive and non-invasive procedures .... as did Dr.Zamboni .... to my surprise , one was brought to my attention. This would be the 42 person Extracranial Venous Stenosis study produced by the American University of Beirut .
So I found it , and read it. Here is my take on it.
I started by researching Lebanon. Interestingly enough .... Lebanon and Italy are reasonably close geographically. At the eastern end of the Mediterranean sea. So both study's would include pwMS that more-or-less eat the same diet ..... and are exposed to similar amounts of sunlight. And who knows what else. I find this interesting.
A little information about Lebanon ..... a small country [ population 3.8 million ].
Lebanon has been in numerous war-like conflicts for numerous years. Lebanon has no oil industry . They list tourism and farming , as the source of their income. Would it be fair to say Lebanon is a country of poverty ? [ War's are expensive ]
Italy , on the otherhand is a prosperous G20 country of over 60 million people. They are Europe's THIRD LARGEST economy. They have money . Numerous University's . Numerous hospitals.
And yet . Dr.Zamboni was hard pressed to find funding to run his CCSVI study. Some how , some way .... enough money was raised to run his small 65 person CCSVI study.
Question : How did Lebanon find the money to run their 42 person CCSVI trial ? My fertile imagination sez ..... they might have friends in high places .....
Isn't TEVA located near at hand ?
Question : Who is actually in charge of the AUB study ?
Question : Why was there only ... ONE ....vascular radiologist ....used to report the findings ? And no name provided . We are asked to blindly accept this person's credentials.
I say ..... put your name on your work ....... or else ..... it's worthless.
Most important of all ...... in this statement ......the American University of Beirut ..... clearly states, in the "methods " section of their Extracranial Venous Stenosis study ......
I quote : " In view of the relatively small cohort of patients no calculation of statistical variability was done " End of quote .
Mr.Success recommends pwMS read this study. It certainly adds to the scientific body of knowledge....... but really ......... making such important findings using a 20 minute " quicky" exploration ...... and depending on ONE person only to evaluate the tests ........
seems a little ...... low level medical practices ..... to me.
But oddest of the odd ..... no mention of ANY results of any of the outcomes .... by any patient or medical doctor on this team. Unlike the Zamboni 65.
Dr.Zamboni's 65 pwMS study of CCSVI ....... continues to stand alone.