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Observations

MS treatment has patients seeking surgery–but more testing is needed

TORONTO—Like electrical wires, neurons are insulated. But in multiple sclerosis (MS), the insulation (called myelin) is stripped or worn down, slowing conduction along the axons—the wires of the nervous system. MS is widely considered to be an autoimmune disease, in which the myelin is attacked by the body’s own T cells. But Paulo Zamboni, director [...]

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Observations

Pot shows promise for reducing multiple sclerosis patients’ symptoms

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Doses of cannabis might help multiple sclerosis (MS) patients subdue their body spasms and move about more easily, according to a new review of recent studies. However, the authors of the paper note, the patients’ apparent relief could also be a matter of perception.  After reviewing six trials that tested the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

Can Doctors Diagnose MS from Blood?

The spine of an individual afflicted with multiple sclerosis. Courtesy of NIH via Wikimedia Commons.

I have seen the invisible arms of multiple sclerosis, a potentially devastating disease of the nervous system, touch friends, relatives and acquaintances. They perturbed the personality of a father of a close friend and left him unable to keep a job and support the family. They forced a young woman I met years ago to [...]

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