Republished: scientists have discovered the possible cause of multiple sclerosis (MS), paving the way for new treatments that may bring hope to over 2.5 million people around the world who suffer from the debilitating disorder. Ahead of MS Awareness

Omkar Joshi
Tuesday, 25 April 2017

In a breakthrough, scientists have discovered the possible cause of multiple scl

In a breakthrough, scientists have discovered the possible cause of multiple sclerosis (MS), paving the way for new treatments that may bring hope to over 2.5 million people around the world who suffer from the debilitating disorder. Ahead of MS Awareness Week, which started on Monday, researchers unveiled a new cellular mechanism - an underlying defect in brain cells - that may cause the disease, and a potential hallmark that may be a target for future treatment of the autoimmune disorder.

“Multiple sclerosis can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, affecting mobility, speech, mental ability and more,” said Professor Paul Eggleton, of the University of Exeter in the UK. “So far, all medicine can offer is treatment and therapy for the symptoms - as we do not yet know the precise causes, research has been limited,” Eggleton said. “Our exciting new findings have uncovered a new avenue for researchers to explore. It is a critical step, and in time, we hope it might lead to effective new treatments for MS,” he said.

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