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Machine that "sees" lesions in gray/white matter

Is there currently a type of machine that can locate lesions in the white and gray matter of MS patients?

I just had an MRI last week and it showed no lesions at all in my brain even though I have had a diagnosis based on symptoms of MS for over 35 years. The neurologist that my doctor called while I was in her office last week told her that if no lesions were showing ...
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Alzheimers may be type 3 diabetes


Here is an article describing how insulin may be the cause of the brain damage in Alzheimer's. Maybe it might also relate to MS.

Theory That Alzheimer's Disease Is A Third Form Of Diabetes Supported By Discovery, 29 Sep 2007

Insulin, it turns out, may be as important for the mind as it is for the body. Research in the last few years has raised the possibility that Alzheimer's memory loss could be due ...
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Sad news

It is with great sadness that I have to advise the readers of this forum that my wife Marg passed away late this afternoon.

After suffering from MS for over 36 years and in the past year from various ailments, she is finally at peace. She was recently admitted to hospital with Pancreatitis but had several other medical problems as well.

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The etiopathogenesis of autoimmunity

Not recent, but interesting.

Semin Liver Dis. 2005 Aug;25(3):239-50.Click here to read Links
The etiopathogenesis of autoimmunity.
Mackay IR.

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.

Acquisition by mammals of an adaptive immune system was an evolutionary leap, but occurred at the cost of autoimmunity. The necessity for self-recognition was appreciated in 1900, but autoimmune disease did not become a clinical reality until the ...
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Stem cell trial

Dear all,

This should be posted in the stem cell forum, but it's a good news story and worth sticking in the general discussion forum. I posted an article before on this trial, but the BBC now has an article which provides more information. It's good news because Prof Scolding is one of our best MS researchers with a particular interest in stem cells. Actually starting a trial like this is a big step forward ...
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Easy Fatigue after Spinal Tap?

I'm a 20 year old guy who is(was?) also an athlete. Recently after a bout with optic neuritis after MRIs and such I was given a spinal tap, the results of which came out fine. After a week being layed up with the positional headache I started to out and try to do my thing, which is running. I noticed I couldn't go as far or as fast as before my tap but I wrote ...
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Lyme disease bacterium resembles myelin

I thought it was reasonably interesting to discover that this bacterial antigen is so similar to myelin that it can trigger an autoimmune response if you become infected with it. However, it becomes a bit more interesting when you realise that this bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, is the agent which causes Lyme disease.

Hypothesized role of galactocerebroside and NKT cells in the etiology of multiple sclerosis.

Med Hypotheses. 2007 Sep 20;

Authors: Blewett MM

According to ...
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New presentation hosted by DIRECT-MS on October 3, 2007

DIRECT-MS is pleased to announce another lecture entitled The Paleo Diet For Multiple Sclerosis and other Autoimmune Diseases. The presentation is by Dr. Loren Cordain and will take place on October 03, 2007 in Calgary at the Best Western Village Park Inn (1804 Crowchild Trail NW) at 7 PM.

Dr Cordain of Colorado State University will explain how returning to a diet based on lean meats, seafood, fruits and vegetables can prevent and help treat ...
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Understanding cancer process may benefit MS

This may be of interest to Wesley because, although the focus is primarily on cancer, the flip side of the same process seems to have implications for MS. Tryptophan has also been discussed on this forum, (I'm sure somebody said Turkey is a good source):

Contact: Wolf Frommer
650-325-1521 x208
Carnegie Institution

Scientists discover how cancer may take hold
Stanford, CA-- A team, led by researchers at the Carnegie ...
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