Friday, 30 April 2010
Catching multiple sclerosis before it strikes
29 April 2010 - Physorg.com
Although there is currently no cure for MS, a breakthrough finding from a Tel Aviv University scientist and physician may lead to earlier diagnosis, more effective intervention.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an equal opportunity destroyer. It attacks the central nervous system and eventually renders most patients disabled. Among its high-profile victims are celebrated cellist Jacqueline du Pre, whose career was ended by MS, and Joan Didion, one of America's greatest writers - but they are far from alone.
The National MS Society estimates that there are currently about 400,000 cases in the US and more that 2 million suffer from the disease over the world. Although there is currently no cure, a breakthrough finding from a Tel Aviv University scientist and physician may lead to earlier diagnosis, more effective intervention, and perhaps even a cure for the autoimmune disease.