Monday, January 12, 2009

Multiple Sclerosis Vaccine Promising

Multiple Sclerosis can be a debilitating disease. This autoimmune condition is characterized by the immune system attacking the central nervous system causing the the myelin sheath of neurons to be damaged. The result is impaired conduction of signals in the affected nerves. Depending upon which nerves are affected, multiple sclerosis causes impairment in movement, cognition, sensation and other functions. In essence, the immune system gets confused and attacks the protective sheath around the nerves.

Fortunately, studies are being done to find a vaccine against the disease.

The following article outlines a very promising study done by the Department of Transplantation Immunology of the Institute of Immunology at the Heidelberg University Hospital. The study involved a vaccine which was developed from transplant research and mice. What they found was that it did suppress the immune response to multiple sclerosis – it stopped the immune system from attacking.

Read the following article to learn more about this study, the vaccine, and the reactions of the researchers.

Vaccine Against Multiple Sclerosis? Mouse Experiment Yields Promising Results

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