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5 Areas of Research That Could Change the Future of MS Treatment

August 2, 2017

Researchers are constantly working to develop more effect treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) with the hopes that one day they’ll discover a cure. According to the MS Society UK, MS research is moving quickly in a number of different areas. Here are some of them:

Stem Cell Therapy

MS patients suffer from myelin loss, and due to stem cells’ ability to self-renew, it could lead to myelin repair. Myelin loss results to exposure of nerve fibers, which can lead to some of the disabling symptoms associated with the disease. With a greater understanding of the myelin-producing stem cells in the brain, it could lead the way to treatment promoting myelin repair.

Genetics

If scientists understand more about the inheritance factors of MS, they can develop strategies to help prevent people from developing MS or tailor treatments depending on the patient’s genes.

Vitamin D

MS is more common in countries further from the equator, meaning fewer hours of sunlight and lower levels of vitamin D. Recent research is trying to determine the link between vitamin D and MS to find out if vitamin D supplements could be used as an effective method treatment for MS.

Myelin Repair

Myelin is the protective coating around the nerve cells. Without it, the nerve is exposed to damage, exacerbating the progress of the disease. To prevent MS, there needs to be a treatment that can repair the myelin loss MS patients suffer. However, there are a number of myelin research projects underway to help develop a treatment that could stop the progression of MS.

Neuroprotection

Research has indicated that protecting nerve cells from damage could be a potential strategy to prevent or slow down the progression of MS. The idea would be to develop drugs to protect nerve cells from damage, which could slow down or ultimately stop the progression of MS. Experts are currently researching treatments, which could potentially be used as MS therapies in the future.

Via MS Views & News