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Only Half of MS Patients Respond to Interferon Therapy
Date:11/12/2008

l Institutes of Health calls MS an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that can range from relatively benign to somewhat disabling to devastating, as communication between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted. Many researchers suspect that MS is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. In the case of MS, it is myelin -- the insulating layer around nerves, including those in the brain and spinal cord -- that comes under assault.

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For more on MS, visit the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.



SOURCES: Moses Rodriguez, M.D., professor of neurology and immunology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; Patricia O'Looney, Ph.D., director, biomedical research programs, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City; Nov. 10, 2008, Archives of Neurology, online


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