Blog: Research

Gut Microbes May Influence Multiple Sclerosis Progression

12 September 2017

Source University of California San Francisco:

Researchers at UC San Francisco have identified specific gut microbes associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) in human patients, and show that these microbes take part in regulating immune responses in mouse models of the disease.

European Commission reverses decision on drug, following QMUL research

12 September 2017

Source Queen Mary University of London:

A drug for multiple sclerosis (MS) has been granted a license by the European Commission, following evidence from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) that it improves patients’ quality of life and is safer than previously thought.

Drugs in development

5 September 2017

Source MS Trust:

The development of new drugs is a long and difficult process. Fewer than one or two compounds in 10,000 tested actually make it through to being licensed treatments with many being rejected on safety, efficacy or quality grounds.

Cladribine: NICE looking at new treatment for MS

5 September 2017

Source MS Society:

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has licensed cladribine (also known as Mavenclad) to treat people with highly active relapsing MS.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will now decide whether to make it available on the NHS in England and Wales. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) will decide for Scotland.

How does it work? Cladribine is currently used as an anti-cancer drug. In MS, the body’s own immune cells...

Pancreas Secretes Factor That Can Rejuvenate Damaged Neuron Coating, Mouse Study Reports

30 August 2017

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

A substance that the pancreas secretes can promote the regeneration of the protective nerve-cell coating that is damaged in multiple sclerosis, a mouse study shows.

Cladribine (Mavenclad) gets European licence for highly active relapsing MS

30 August 2017

Source MS Trust:

The European Commission (EC) has granted marketing authorization for cladribine (Mavenclad)for the treatment of adults with highly active relapsing multiple sclerosis. This follows a recommendation from the European Medicines Agency in June that a licence should be granted.

Nortis Awarded $688K Grant from NIH to Develop ‘Living’ Model of Blood-Brain Barrier for Research

24 August 2017

Source Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

Nortis, a Seattle-based biotech company, has received a $688,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a living, 3-D model of the human blood-brain barrier that will be used for laboratory testing to accelerate drug development and lessen the likelihood of failure in clinical trials.

Common stomach bacteria can reduce MS symptoms in mice

23 August 2017

Source MS Society:

Researchers have found that common gut bacteria can suppress MS symptoms in mice.

Can pure cocoa reduce fatigue in people with Multiple Sclerosis - want to help find out?

24 July 2017

Source Oxford Brookes University

A healthy diet may be a simple, cost effective and safe therapy for improving symptoms experienced in people with MS (pwMS), and thus for increasing quality of life. There is currently no cure for fatigue yet it is one of the most debilitating of symptoms associated with MS.

MS treatments: life-changing, but hard to access

21 July 2017

Source The Guardian

Therapies for multiple sclerosis are becoming more effective. But an underfunded NHS is struggling to provide timely diagnosis and make the latest treatments widely available.

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