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Promising New Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

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An illustration of a healthy neuron, with its sausage-link-like myelin sheath
An illustration of a healthy neuron, with its sausage-link-like myelin sheath(Credit:tigatelu/Depositphotos)

In multiple sclerosis, the body’s immune system attacks and damages myelin, which is the insulating layer on nerves in the spinal cord, brain and optic nerve. This causes the nerves to short-circuit and cease functioning properly. In “a potential game-changer,” scientists have now demonstrated that a synthetic molecule can restore compromised myelin.

Oregon Health and Science University’s Prof. Tom Scanlan first created the sobetirome molecule over 20 years ago, as a possible means of lowering cholesterol. In 2013, his colleague Dr. Dennis Bourdette suggested that it might also be useful in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS).

In early lab tests performed on mice that were genetically engineered to have MS-like symptoms, sobetirome was indeed found to repair their damaged myelin. Importantly, it did so without any noteworthy side effects. By contrast, research suggests that experimental thyroid hormone therapy would harm peoples’ heart, bones and skeletal muscle.

At the time of those first sobetirome trials, however, the effectiveness of the molecule as an MS treatment was restricted by its limited ability to cross the blood-brain barrier.

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One comment on “Promising New Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

  1. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, and I was 40. They put me on Rebif which I took until 2008 and was switched to Copaxone. I had two relapses on Rebif, none on Copaxone. I noticed my balance getting worse, and my memory, as well as muscle spasms. I’m 54 now, In Febuary this year my neurologist referred me to Organic Herbal Clinic, i immediately started on their natural organic MS Herbal treatment. I had a total decline in all symptoms including the balance, fatigue, muscle spasms, Pain, excessive urination and others. Visit Organic Herbal Clinic web page ww w. organicherbalclinic. c om. The MS treatment totally reversed my Multiple Sclerosis condition and most amazingly i can go about my daily activities!

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