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Claudia Lucchinetti, MD

Multiple Sclerosis Often Starts In Brain’s Outer Layers

Multiple sclerosis (MS) may progress from the outermost layers of the brain to its deep parts, and is not always an “inside-out” process as previously thought, reported a new collaborative study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic. The traditional understanding is that the disease begins in the white matter that forms […]

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New Compound Stops Progression Of Multiple Sclerosis In Animal Models

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have developed the first of a new class of highly selective compounds that effectively suppresses the severity of multiple sclerosis in animal models. The new compound could provide new and potentially more effective therapeutic approaches to multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases that affect patients […]

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The Hygiene Hypothesis – A Link To Increased Disorders Among Women?

Little girls growing up in western society are expected to be neat and tidy – “all ribbon and curls” – and one researcher who studies science and gender differences thinks that emphasis may contribute to higher rates of certain diseases in adult women. The link between increased hygiene and sanitation and higher rates of asthma, […]

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Scientists Find The “Master Switch” For Key Immune Cells In Inflammatory Diseases

Scientists have identified a protein that acts as a “master switch” in certain white blood cells and determines whether they promote or inhibit inflammation. The study, published in the journal Nature Immunology, could help researchers look for new treatments for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis that involve excessive inflammation. Inflammatory responses are an important defence […]

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