MS research 'could progress treatment of condition'

Posted on 24 May 2011

Scientists are carrying out pioneering new research into multiple sclerosis - sufferers of which may have long term care plans.

A team from the University of California - Santa Barbara is using nanoscale imaging technology to investigate the minuscule myelin sheaths which surround nerves. Myelin sheaths are compromised in those with the condition.

This research could lead to new detection, diagnosis and treatment techniques for multiple sclerosis, according to the research published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researcher Jacob Israelchvili elaborated: "Myelin membranes are a class of biological membranes that are only two molecules thick, less than one millionth of a millimetre."

In other news, research from St Michael's Hospital found that under half of patients with multiple sclerosis adhere to drug therapies.

Disease-modifying drugs (DMDs) can slow the progression of the condition and help to cut and control relapses, but just 44 per cent of patients were seen to continue to comply with the treatment after two years.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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