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The Return Of The Astrocytes!

No, it's not a cheap science fiction film: it's the revival of a long forgotten suggestion that these cells may have an important role to play in MS, as agents of both damage and repair:

Astrocytes-Friends or foes in multiple sclerosis?

Williams A, Piaton G, Lubetzki C.

Inserm, U711, Université Pierre and Marie Curie, Faculté de médecine, IFR 70, Paris F‐75013, France.

In multiple sclerosis (MS), the presence of demyelinating plaques has concentrated researchers' minds ...
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Parasitic worms and inflammatory diseases

Despite the fact that it must infuriate Ian, Cambridge is also one of the leading research centers investigating the relationship between the loss of evolutionary normal conditions and the subsequent rise in incidence of inflammatory diseases.

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MS symptoms by AGE

I was clinically diagnosed with MS in January 2007.
However, for the past few years it was considered "possible MS".

I've had random symptoms for years, ever since i can remember - but never would I have thought it was MS because I did not know anything about it.

So now I have it - and am being treated with various medications - AVONEX specifically for MS.

What I really want to know is - ...
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EGFR and remyelination

Discovery Of Brain Protein Has Major Implications For Repairing Brain Damage In Newborns
11 Jul 2007 - 2:00 PDT

Scientists at Children's National Medical Center have demonstrated conclusively that a specific protein and its signaling activity are instrumental in myelination and remyelination, processes essential to the creation and repair of the brain's white matter. This groundbreaking discovery in mouse models points the way to developing treatments or interventions to enhance healthy brain development and/or brain ...
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Which T cell types drive the autoimmune response?

Although the focus of their research sounds interesting it's a little bothersome that their photo subject of MS is in a wheelchair and the photo labeled "Multiple sclerosis".

Not that people with MS don't end up in wheel chairs but it's not as inevitable as their use of the picture makes it seem. ... 11391.html
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okay so we know there's a content nazi on the existing pages for MS on wikipedia. i didn't get any kind of inspiring response to a previous post suggesting we take on the existing page(s).

but what if we made our own page entitled 'alternative therapies for ms', and entered all our various ideas that are quickly deleted from the current therapies page. of course with wikipedia we can't write with an obvious bias in ...
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Number of MRI lesions

I'd like to ask a few questions : how many total MRI lesions do you have ? And since when ? Did some of them disappear ? Did your condition worsened rapidly if you have many lesions ?

I know we cannot make so simple comparisons, but I'd like to.
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Eyes - how do you stop them being destroyed by MS


Anybody found any products that reduce the amount of damage to the eyes?


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Bone marrow transplant case study

Very interesting, keeping in mind this is about a single case.

Failure of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation to arrest disease activity in multiple sclerosis.

Mult Scler. 2007 Jul 10;
Jeffery DR.
Department of Neurology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an autoimmune disease in which activated T-cells initiate a macrophage mediated destruction of CNS myelin. Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is currently being evaluated in the ...
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You're making it up

One of the MS websites I visit lists the top 20 news articles on that day which refer to MS. The usual story is about a new treatment. Today, half of the news articles had included the name Bin Laden in the title. Could terrorism and MS be linked?

The story is a 51 year old, five time married, British grandmother with MS who has married the 27 year old son of Bin Laden.

Must ...
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