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MS Hope

2007-02-22 @ 3:47 » Français

A study conducted at the University of Calgary has lead to the discovery of an hormone that could regenerate myelin, countering the effects of multiple sclerosis. Starting from the long-established fact that pregnant women rarely have attacks, the research team was able to isolate the element responsible for this “protection.”

the study is the first to determine that prolactin, which increases in the body during pregnancy, is directly responsible for the formation of new myelin in the brains and spinal cords of pregnant mice. Further, when non-pregnant mice with MS-like lesions were injected with prolactin, their myelin was also repaired. (source)

Of course, clinical trials are still a long way off, treatment more so. But hope is their.

See also: University of Calgary.

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