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|Designer Estrogen Could Be Next MS Drug|
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UCLA scientists discovered that a specific form of estrogen can protect the brain from degeneration yet not increase the risk for hormone-induced cancers of the breast and uterus.
The study took place in mice infected with the animal equivalent of multiple sclerosis.
This form of estrogen also offers a new weapon for combating brain degeneration caused by Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Lou Gehrig's disease, spinal cord injury and even normal aging. Finally, men may be able to use it without fear of developing the feminine side effects often produced by standard estrogen treatments.
About Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.
Multiple sclerosis is thought to be an Autoimmune Disease. This is a condition where the body's own defense system attacks myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers in the central nervous system. The nerve fibers themselves can also be damaged. The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name. When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, producing a variety of symptoms.
Symptoms of multiple sclerosis may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of multiple sclerosis are unpredictable and vary from one person to another.
People with MS can typically experience one of four disease courses, each of which might be mild, moderate, or severe.
Most people with MS learn to cope with the disease and continue to lead satisfying, productive lives. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.
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