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Monday, November 22, 2010

New inroads made in fight against MS

Nov 22, 2010


It is a disease that strikes between one in 500 and one in 1,000 Canadians, the majority of them young women.

Its incidence rate is on the rise. Just 15 years ago multiple sclerosis, an auto-immune disease where the body's own defence mechanisms turn against it, meant a lifetime of almost unrelieved suffering.
Today, however, medical science has created six different therapies to alleviate the suffering and slow the progress of the disease.

Even better news is that a handful of others are in the pipeline.

While five of today's approved medications involve self-injection, often as frequently as once a day, and the sixth requires monthly visits to a clinic for infusion, many of the new drugs will be in pill form.
The first has now been approved for use in the United States, but has not yet been approved by Health Canada.

Indeed, the advances in diagnosis and treatment of MS have been dramatic in recent years, says Dr. Paul O'Connor, director of the MS clinic at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

A major step forward was the use of MRI technology to see in real time the effects of MS on the brain and to track the effectiveness of treatment, he says.

"The approach we now take is to hit the disease fast and hard," O'Connor says.

"The earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better the outcomes."

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/inroads+made+fight+against/3865025/story.html#ixzz161B9Lmfj










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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As I was reading this it hit me like a lead pipe, this is exactly what we need someone to tell the researchers looking in to CCSVI. And in the future they will say that if you have MS, we must hit the disease hard and fast and one of the avenues besides drugs is to open veins.
I'm just throwing that back at you Mr. O'Connor. "The approach we now take is to hit the disease fast and hard," O'Connor says.

"The earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better the outcomes...... this is a far cry from what I was told back in 1982 when I was diagnosed. Of course, that was over 20 years ago, there were no drugs approved for MS, they only took a "wait and see" attitude and that is how much things have changed. I see great hope for my children in the future. They no longer worry about contracting MS for good reason. I believe 2010 will be the watershed event of the century for MS.