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US primate study could have benefits for multiple sclerosis treatment

US primate study could have benefits for multiple sclerosis treatment
29th June 2011

Scientists in the US have discovered a naturally-occurring disease similar to multiple sclerosis in monkeys, which could provide a breakthrough in the search for treatments.

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University believe that the new disease discovered in primates can give significant clues into how multiple sclerosis develops in humans.

Form here, they hope to be able to pinpoint exactly what causes the condition to appear and maybe identify ways of preventing the condition from progressing.

Study leader Scott Wong believes that these findings will play a pivotal role in multiple sclerosis research.

"These findings could have a huge impact on our understanding of MS and could be a landmark in someday developing more effective treatments for the disease," he said.

Separate research from the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute recently advised women that multiple sclerosis presents no added risk to a child during pregnancy.

Read about Barchester expertise in offering multiple sclerosis support.