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Saturday, September 19, 2015
Melatonin Levels May Affect MS Flare-Ups
Seasonal Melatonin Levels May Affect MS Flare-Ups
But it's too soon to recommend self-dosing with supplements
WebMD News from HealthDay
By Maureen Salamon
THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of the hormone melatonin are linked to a lower incidence of multiple sclerosis (MS) flare-ups during the darker months of fall and winter, new research suggests.
American and Argentinian scientists also found that treating mice withmelatonin could improve symptoms of the disease, which can be progressive and often disabling.
But study authors stressed that the findings don't mean patients with MS should self-dose high levels of melatonin, available in over-the-counter supplements often used to promote sleep. Rather, the research may spur more targeted approaches to MS without causing unwanted or dangerous drowsiness, they said.