03 Jan WisBusiness: Study details method for testing recovery from multiple sclerosis
A new study from UW-Madison researchers details a method for testing recovery from multiple sclerosis.
In multiple sclerosis — or MS — the body’s immune system causes inflammation that damages nerve fibers as well as myelin, an insulating fatty substance supporting nerve function. MS also harms the cells responsible for creating myelin.
Successful treatments exist for certain patients with MS, according to Ian Duncan, a neuroscientist at UW-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine. But he says others experience more advanced forms of the disease that result in a steeper decline.
“There are no effective treatments for them,” he said.
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