ArchiveApril 2010

Reduced maternal UV exposure contributes to MS risk in later life

A study reported in today’s BMJ confirms that multiple sclerosis is probably an epigenetic disease with in utero exposure to low vitamin D levels determining disease susceptibility in later life. Judith Staples and colleagues show that low maternal exposure to ultraviolet radiation in the first trimester of pregnancy is independently associated with subsequent risk of MS in their offspring in...

Some MS-related News from the AAN in Toronto

[P02.155] The Cellular Immune Response Against Epstein-Barr Virus in Multiple Sclerosis and Cross-Reactivity with Brain Antigens J. William Lindsey, Landon M. Hatfield, Houston, TX The cellular immune response against EBV is similar in PwMS and controls; with no evidence of cross-reactivity between EBV and brain antigens. [S31.003] Evaluation of the Incidence of Anti-JCV Antibodies in a Cohort of...

Strains of Epstein-Barr virus infecting multiple sclerosis patients.

Of all the viruses EBV is the clear leader of the pack as being the most likely cause of MS. Could a specific strain of EBV cause MS? A superficial look at has not revealed obvious difference between EBV strains in people with MS and control subjects. Brennan R, et al. Strains of Epstein-Barr virus infecting multiple sclerosis patients. Mult Scler. 2010 Mar 29. [Epub ahead of print] Opinion: a...

How do you prove something is the cause of MS?

Causation theory is a complex science and involves philosophy and the social sciences. Causation is rarely, if ever, a black-or-white issue. The first to appreciate this was Robert Koch who discovered the cause of TB; in fact he had to formulate his postulates to convince his peer-group that he had found the cause of TB. Even then it took Robert Koch more than a decade to convince the scientific...

Progressive loss of nerve fibres in the eye in MS

Using a very cool technology called optical coherence tomography (OCT) a new study has demonstrated progressive thinning of the retinal nerve fibre layer as a function of time in some patients with MS. Importantly, this thinning occurred in either the presence or absence of previous optic neuritis (focal inflammation in the optic nerve) and was associated with clinically significant visual loss...

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