The Week In (Awesome!) Multiple Sclerosis News – June 21, 2016

Hello there! Our week has been busy as usual, but we are happy to be able to bring you some good medical news. From more insight into the causes of MS (processed foods and a very sneaky mutated gene), to ever growing research into advanced treatments and possibly even a cure, here is your week in (awesome) MS news.

√ Stem Cell MS Patients Lead Normal Life Thanks To aHSCT Procedure: An aggressive chemotherapy, aHSCT, was conducted in a clinical trial of 24 multiple sclerosis patients. One of the patients from the trial, Jennifer Molson, is now able to walk and live independently after having lived in assisted care prior to her treatment. MyCounterpane will be hosting a webcast about stem cell treatments and featuring a MCP user who also got out of a wheelchair on June 30th at 11AM. We will send more details in our next newsletter.

√ Scientists Discover Gene Responsible for Multiple Sclerosis: Scientists have discovered that a single mutated gene, NR1H3, can greatly increase the chance of developing primary progressive multiple sclerosis, which is the most severe form of the disease.

√ PET Detects Neuroinflammation in Multiple Sclerosis: Adam J. Rosenberg, Ph.D. and his colleagues are using preclinical positron emission tomography (PET) to image Multiple Sclerosis and other inflammatory diseases. The hope is to discover the triggers for MS while investigating new therapies for the disease.