ArchiveJuly 2010

Cord blood banking; what to advise regarding stem cell therapies

My response to a question about banking cord blood from a newborn baby to treat a family member with severe MS. “The potential of stem cell therapies for neurological conditions has been over-hyped by both the basic scientists involved and the media. This is great pity as it raises false expectations of a breakthrough for vulnerable people with disabling conditions. At present the research...

Genes determine low levels of vitamin D: implications for MS

Vitamin D is crucial for maintenance of the immune system and vD deficiency has been implicated in the causal pathway of MS. In this study genetic variants at three places in the genome were associated with vD levels. Subjects with a score that combined all three variants were at increased risk of having low vD concentrations. These variants in the genome are near genes involved in cholesterol...

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