Category Archives: Immune System

Common Bacteria Are Evaluated As New Possible Multiple Sclerosis Trigger

Common Bacteria Are Evaluated As New Possible Multiple Sclerosis Trigger

Research on  Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has pointed towards environmental causes, or triggers, to the auto-immune disease.  Most studies looked at infections of the Central Nervous System by viruses [1] such as the: Torque Teno virus, Epstein-Barr virus Human Herpes virus 6 As an illustration of the brain tissue lesions caused …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: New Multiple Sclerosis Genetic Variants Discovered

IN BRIEF: New Multiple Sclerosis Genetic Variants Discovered

No,  “48 New Multiple Sclerosis Genetic Variants Discovered” does necessarily mean that the likelihood for people to get Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is necessarily higher than previously thought. The study involved  [1] found that with  “new findings, there are now 110 genetic variants associated with MS. Although each of these variants …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Phase III Clinical Trials of  Multiple Sclerosis Drug Alemtuzumab Show Progress

IN BRIEF: Phase III Clinical Trials of Multiple Sclerosis Drug Alemtuzumab Show Progress

IN BRIEF: Phase III Clinical Trials of  Multiple Sclerosis Drug Alemtuzumab Show Progress We have noted the great potential of the Multiple Sclerosis Drug Alemtuzumab in a previous posts [1] Note that current research see it prescribed for the Relapsing Remitting (RRMS) form, which is indeed what the clinical trials mentioned …Read the Rest

IN DEPTH: Are Virus Antibodies a Source of Neurodegeneration For Multiple Sclerosis?

IN DEPTH: Are Virus Antibodies a Source of Neurodegeneration For Multiple Sclerosis?

A study on the mechanisms of neurodegeneration  for Multiple Sclerosis caught our attention. We just published a post on Progressive Multiple Sclerosis [1], and the approach of the study published in the Dovepress Journal [2], is a noteworthy additional path to understand Neurodegeneration of the Central Nervous System (CNS). Essentially, the …Read the Rest

Sunburns Effects On Skin Vitamin D Synthesis

Sunburns Effects On Skin Vitamin D Synthesis

Is Too Much Sun As Bad As Too Little for Vitamin D Synthesis? By now most of us have heard that many illnesses (Insulin resistance, high blood pressure,immune function heart disease and cancer) have in common a lower level of vitamin D in the blood serum than the general population. Multiple Sclerosis …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: A Study Questions The Benefits of Cranberry Juice Against Urinary Tract Infections

IN BRIEF: A Study Questions The Benefits of Cranberry Juice Against Urinary Tract Infections

We have posted several times about the efficacy of cranberry juice against Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) [1] Cranberry juice has been accepted by the nutrition and alternative medicine communities as the first line of defense against UTIs [2,3] UTIs affect particularly women, and people who must  use  a wheelchair for mobility. How …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: FDA Just Approved Oral Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis Drug Aubagio

IN BRIEF: FDA Just Approved Oral Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis Drug Aubagio

Teriflunomide (Aubagio, Genzyme/Sanofi) is coming into the MS market [1]. It is an oral drug, nice. Efficacy:  “30% lower than the rate for those taking a placebo,” said Russell Katz, MD,”   What does that mean? Maybe not as clear as just a percent reduction in releases, think compounding. Sagepub …Read the Rest

IN DEPTH: Multiple Sclerosis Research And The Blood Brain Barrier

IN DEPTH: Multiple Sclerosis Research And The Blood Brain Barrier

The Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) is a main focus of Multiple Sclerosis research.  There are currently two main directions for that research: Control of the entry into  the brain of the immune system T-cell crossing through the impaired BBB Sending drugs into the brain directly by overriding the BBB An …Read the Rest

MND BRIEF: Multiple Sclerosis: Beta interferons (β-IFNs) might not slow disability progression

MND BRIEF: Multiple Sclerosis: Beta interferons (β-IFNs) might not slow disability progression

A new study by the University of British Columbia casts doubt on the benefits of the Interferon treatment against Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Here is the YouTube video from the press release The video tries to mitigate the setback with warm fuzzy statements about future research, but the tone of the …Read the Rest

MND BRIEF:  Multiple Sclerosis And Look Alike Diseases

MND BRIEF: Multiple Sclerosis And Look Alike Diseases

NeuroTalk has an important post on MS wrong  diagnosis.[1]  The list of diseases that can mascarade as MS is extensive. Auto-Immune Diseases Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Sjögren’s Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis Infectious Diseases: Lyme disease (LD) Human T-cell lymphotrophic virus-1 (HTLV-1) Vascular: Stroke Central nervous system (CNS) …Read the Rest

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