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National MS Society Reports Sweeping Advances Made in MS Research in 2012
Date:12/27/2012

y for selectively inhibiting the immune attack in MS using tiny “nanoparticles” that were able to reduce disease activity in mice. The team is now planning a phase I clinical trial of this new technology. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=7126

UNDERSTANDING MS
Possible target of immune attacks in some people with MS identified – An immune response to a protein – called “KIR4.1,” which is found on several types of brain cells – was observed in the serum of 47% of people with MS. Further research is needed to confirm and understand these findings, which were the result co-funding by the National MS Society. http://nationalmssociety.org/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=6619

MS Societies worldwide collaborate to stop MS progression – The newly formed International Progressive MS Collaborative published a paper outlining challenges and identifying key research priorities to propel efforts to stop MS progression. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=6847

Stress management reduces MS activity – A 24-week stress management program reduced disease activity on MRI scans significantly more than in a control group, in a study at Northwestern University involving 121 people with relapsing MS. However, the benefits appeared to disappear after the weekly in-person stress management sessions were completed. Future studies should provide more clarity for optimizing the potential benefits of stress management. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/news/new
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