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human endogenous retrovirus

human endogenous retrovirus seems to be another virus to add to the list of suspects along with EBV and HHV6.

Gene-environment interactions in multiple sclerosis: Innate and adaptive immune responses to human endogenous retrovirus and herpesvirus antigens and the lectin complement activation pathway.

J Neuroimmunol. 2006 Nov 15;
Christensen T, Petersen T, Thiel S, Brudek T, Ellermann-Eriksen S, Moller-Larsen A.
Institute of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Bartholin Building, University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. ...
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Epigenetics radio program

I just heard a podcast of a CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp for the non-Canadians out there) radio program on epigenetics. It isn't about MS specifically, but if you are at all curious about epigenetics, it's an enjoyable, accessible introduction. From the attached link, it's the November 22 selection.
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Dr Freedman Interview on ECTRIMS

From Medscape Neurology & Neurosurgery

Expert Interview
New Perspectives in Multiple Sclerosis: An Expert Interview With Mark S. Freedman, HBSc, MSc, MD
Posted 11/01/2006

The 22nd Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) was held from September 27 to 30, 2006 in Madrid, Spain. During this meeting, new information about the diagnosis and management of multiple sclerosis (MS) was presented. Marni Kelman, MSc, Medscape Neurology & Neurosurgery Editorial Director, ...
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Calpain Inhibitor

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A little info about daclizumab trial

From a longer news item today, there was one paragraph about the phase 2 daclizumab MS trial.

PDL says Roche ends organ transplant drug venture

McDade said PDL continues to support the ongoing studies of daclizumab in relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis, and anticipates results from a Phase 2 testing the drug in combination with beta-interferon during 2007. ... &type=qcna
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Insulin Levels Are Indeed Important

Here are two posts with recent articles relating to aging, both of which reference the significance of lowering insulin levels/lowering insulin resistance. THe second one talks about possible drugs, including a readily available supplement derived from red wine which ay be of interest. THESE ARE LONG ARTICLES. I think a lot of people will have read them, but wanted to post just in case.

October 31, 2006 NYTIMES
One for the Ages: A Prescription That ...
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Regrowing nerve fibers

Not specifically MS but related

Source: University of California - Irvine
Date: November 20, 2006

Nerve Fibers Need Specific Growth Factor Chemical To Form Connections Within The Brain

A discovery on how neural circuitry develops to aid proper cerebral cortex activity may help explain the memory and cognitive decline seen in Alzheimer’s disease patients – a discovery that could point toward potential treatments, according to UC Irvine scientists.

The study uncovers how cholinergic neuronal circuits, ...
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Vitamin D

Problems of vitamin D deficiency are becoming more evident
Awareness is increasing that this may be the root of numerous health problems.
By Victoria Stagg Elliott, AMNews staff. May 22/29, 2006.


The woman had been going to various doctors for years, seeking a solution for seemingly unending generalized pain. Over time, her function had diminished to the point that she could no longer walk without assistance. It was only when her physician tested her ...
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