More unbiased studies? More reliable documentation of treatment results? More communication between researchers?
One can find endless websites devoted to MS and other diseases, untold numbers of technical and medical forums and websites with complex, technical information posted (that most need a magical decoder ring to understand), one would be inclined to suggest a central data base, specifically for each situation or disease , where all info can be kept and then accessed for review, of coarse this would take terabytes of space and then we have the pesky problem of getting people to actually use it, and then of coarse the interpretation of the data and how that is applied
MS patients had significant Brain Atrophy that worsened during each of 2 years of observation. In many patients, Brain Atrophy worsened without clinical disease activity.
Baseline clinical and MRI abnormalities were not strongly related to the rate of Brain Atrophy during the subsequent 2 years.
Treatment with Interferon-ß-1a resulted in a reduction in Brain Atrophy progression during the second year of the clinical trial.
A significant decrease in parenchymal brain fraction volume occurred in placebo treated patients from the pre to post treatment images (p<=0.001) that was not evident for those on antibiotics.
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