New way of detecting Multiple Sclerosis blood biomarkers

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New way of detecting Multiple Sclerosis blood biomarkers

Postby MSUK » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:30 am


A breakthrough finding from Israel may lead to earlier diagnosis, more effective intervention, and perhaps even a cure for the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) has devastated the lives of two million people around the world. The disease is more prevalent in cold climates and attacks twice as many women as men. There is currently no cure. Now, research from Israel may pave the way for a diagnosis before symptoms appear and debilitation sets in. Earlier diagnosis of the disease will allow earlier medical intervention - and perhaps even lead to a cure.

Prof. Anat Achiron of Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Medicine and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Sheba Medical Center has uncovered a new way of detecting MS biomarkers in the blood. Her findings were published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease and are expected to pave the way for a diagnosis of MS before symptoms can appear, allowing for earlier treatment.

Commenting on the study, Helen Yates, Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre Chief Executive said, “Any test that can identify MS very early on in the disease course is very welcome. One of the most important factors in MS is to treat, by whatever chosen method, as early as possible to prevent further damage within the CNS. MSRC welcomes this research and hopes that the test progresses to become a standard part of the diagnostic toolkit."... Read More - ... ageid/1863
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