Blood Test That Helps Predict MS Disease Activity Might Lower Need for MRI Scans, Study Suggests

Blood Test That Helps Predict MS Disease Activity Might Lower Need for MRI Scans, Study Suggests
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In contrast, researchers found no link between levels of the factor and relapses or disability levels.

“Blood tests for this nerve protein may be an effective way to monitor disease activity and how well the treatment is working,” said Varhaug.

Researchers underscored that the study performed MRI scans far more often than is customary in regular MS care. In future studies, they hope to follow patients for a longer period to see how the relevance of the factor plays out in the long term.

Neurofilament light chain, a component of nerve cells, is currently being explored in numerous MS studies and clinical trials. Until it has been properly evaluated, it is, however, not part of standard MS care.

Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.
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Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.
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