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Scientists make potential breakthrough in treating multiple sclerosis
Scientists make potential breakthrough in treating multiple sclerosis (June 6, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From Chicago - A new report published in Science Translational Medicine describes a potentially significant breakthrough in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Researchers conducted a phase 1 clinical trial on a group of multiple sclerosis patients. The goal of the trial was to 'reset' patient's immune systems using the participant's own white blood cells. These cells were processed so they could deliver billions of myelin antigens into the patient's bodies--antigens small enough that the immune system would not recognize them as a threat. Results showed that the treatment was safe and significantly reduced patient's immune systems' reactivity to myelin by up to 75%. In MS, the immune system destroys myelin which in turn disrupts the brains electrical system causing symptoms such as limb numbness and paralysis.
 
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