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Post  Guest on Thu 25 Mar - 22:56

New Hope For Multiple Sclerosis Cure
Damien Pearse, Sky News Online

Multiple Sclerosis researchers have made an important breakthrough sparking hope of a cure for the disease.

Scientists have discovered that people with MS are more than twice as likely to have abnormal blood flow in the neck.

The University of Buffalo study in New York opens the possibility of identifying a treatment for the degenerative condition.

There is already evidence that sufferers are benefiting from surgery which unblocks veins in the neck.

Sky's Health Correspondent Thomas Moore described the breakthrough as "tantalising evidence".
"This could change the way we view Multiple Sclerosis," Moore said.

The treatment is not yet available in this country but Martin Jones travelled to Poland for surgery.

"These are only early days, but it's looking good so far," he said. "So far it's made a large difference to my symptoms.

"I have warm feet. I have stopped choking on my food. My balance is better.

"I have less twitching at night, in fact that's stopped."

The American study backs initial study findings in Italy.

More than 55% of MS patients participating in the Buffalo research were found to have the neck abnormality.

Robert Zivadinov, associate professor of neurology and principal investigator on the study, said he was "cautiously optimistic and excited" about the results.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults, with 100,000 sufferers in the UK.

Researchers believe MS is the result of damage to myelin - a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system.

When myelin is damaged, this interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body.

This is brilliant news!! I do hope this can help/cure many people who suffer from this terrible illness.

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