Resetting the immune system: a treatment for multiple sclerosis.

Science Translation

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating illness in which the immune system begins to attack the insulation (myelin) that surrounds the neurons in our brains. The damage of this attack effectively short circuits the messages our brain send to the body resulting in troubles with balance, coordination, muscle strength, sensations and tremors. There is no known cause for MS but research has suggested that there is a genetic component, related to your body’s inflammatory response, as well as a potential link between viral infection (Epstein Barr and Herpes viruses) and MS development. These viruses infect the majority of the population, 90% in the case of Epstein Barr, and so there must be some other factor that contributes to MS development or the rate of MS in the population would be higher. As it is, MS occurs in approximately 240 people out of every 100,000 Canadians. It was suggested by…

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