New approach to Multiple Sclerosis treatment using immunosuppression and stem cells shows promise

New clinical trial results provide evidence that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of a person’s own blood-forming stem cells can induce sustained remission of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). Five years after receiving the treatment, called high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HDIT/HCT), 69 percent of trial participants had survived without experiencing progression… Continue reading New approach to Multiple Sclerosis treatment using immunosuppression and stem cells shows promise

Multiple Sclerosis medication alemtuzumab can trigger severe B cell mediated brain inflammation

The multiple sclerosis (MS) therapy alemtuzumab can trigger severe, unpredictable side effects. This was the finding by a team led by Prof Dr Aiden Haghikia and Prof Dr Ralf Gold from the Department of Neurology of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum at St. Josef’s Hospital. In the journal Lancet Neurology, the scientists report on two patients for… Continue reading Multiple Sclerosis medication alemtuzumab can trigger severe B cell mediated brain inflammation

Multiple sclerosis pathogenesis: association between amount of leaked hemoglobin and severity of brain shrinkage

A leak of a protein called hemoglobin from damaged red blood cells may be associated with brain shrinkage in multiple sclerosis. This is the conclusion of a team from Imperial College London, whose early-stage findings suggest treatments that lower levels of hemoglobin could slow progression of the disease. Haemoglobin carries iron and oxygen around the… Continue reading Multiple sclerosis pathogenesis: association between amount of leaked hemoglobin and severity of brain shrinkage

Treating traumatic nerve injury with 4-aminopyridine

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center believe they have identified a new means of enhancing the body’s ability to repair its own cells, which they hope will lead to better diagnosis and treatment of traumatic nerve injuries, like those sustained in car accidents, sports injuries, or in combat. The research team showed that… Continue reading Treating traumatic nerve injury with 4-aminopyridine