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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Multiple Sclerosis Breakthrough Resets Patients' Immune Systems

Written by  | Published on June 5, 2013

A phase 1 trial of a new treatment to reset the immune systems of multiple sclerosis patients shows the therapy is safe and highly effective.

German researchers today unveiled the results of a study on a new procedure that safely resets a multiple sclerosis (MS) patient's immune system. It can reduce the body's attacks on the protective myelin sheath that insulates nerve cells in the brain.
For this small Phase 1 trial, which was a collaboration between Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland, and University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany, ten patients were selected. Eight patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) and two with secondary progressive MS (SPMS) were enrolled initially, but one RRMS patient withdrew before the procedure.
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