Can multiple sclerosis be cured?

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Can multiple sclerosis be cured?
« on: 20/04/2011 12:30:02 »
Kevin Reynolds  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Chris,
 
Could you please let me know what advances have been made in the treatment of MS and if (in your opinion) they will find a cure in the near future ?
 
Best Regards
 
Kevin Reynolds
  
What do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: 20/04/2011 12:55:45 »
There are MS-like conditions, some of which are readily treatable, e.g. Hughes syndrome.

If you've had an MS diagnosis make sure your doctor has explored the possibility of it actually being a more treatable MS "mimic".

(MS is a "diagnosis of exclusion")
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« Reply #2 on: 21/04/2011 06:17:34 »
Wot he says!

MS is caused by the Immune System attacking the sheath that covers the nerves leaving them exposed. The result is a nerve die-off. What is not clearly understood is why it attacks some nerves and not others. To date there is no cure.