Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Research News

It is not an easy task to compare MS experiences in researching disease patterns, so extensive clinical trials are required. Before the MRI, scientists could not even see an MS lesion, but research of the lesions is making strides.

I regularly read research summaries in an effort to keep up with progress made in understanding MS, and just as regularly I do not understand what I am reading. And here’s a particularly difficult one, but it is interesting just the same.

This is a study of a muscle protein significant in both MS and muscular dystrophy. There is a deficit of the protein in MD. In MS these leaky brain vessels show a disturbance in the blood-brain barrier, creating MS lesions. The study increased understanding of the muscle protein dysferlin.

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