Our immune system, according to this study, may not be the only thing playing a role in the development of our MS. The same cells that produce the myelin that coats our nerves may also be responsible for destroying it. If true, the discovery could lead to new MS therapies.
The cells that produce myelin in the brain and spinal cord, called oligodendrocytes, may play an active role in the onset or progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study combining data from MS mouse models.
This discovery supports the idea that in the context of MS, oligodendrocytes could act similarly to immune cells, a finding that may underpin new therapies targeted to these cells, rather than only to the immune system.
The study, “Disease-specific oligodendrocyte lineage cells arise in multiple sclerosis,” was published in the journal Nature Medicine.
Imagine that the simple technique of imagining yourself walking, before you begin to walk, could improve your walking. This study reports that imagining might work. And if you include music or another sound that provides a rhythm, the technique might work even better.
Mentally rehearsing an ease of walking to rhythmic cues — especially musical and verbal — improves walking speed and distance, and lessens feelings of fatigue in people with MS, a study reports.
The study, “Effects and mechanisms of differently cued and non-cued motor imagery in people with multiple sclerosis: A randomised controlled trial,” was published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal, and highlighted by the Multiple Sclerosis Trust in a news release.
I’ve heard complaints from readers in the U.K. that there aren’t enough MS specialist nurses to provide adequate care. This survey provides evidence of that problem. The report says nearly a quarter of MS patients live in areas of the U.K. where caseloads are more than twice the recommended number.
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