Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Multiple Sclerosis

A woman from England wrote to me yesterday and asked if I knew of any new treatments for Multiple Sclerosis. As fate would have it I had run into this article recently, and I was happy to be able to pass it along for her information. (In case that link does not work, here is another.) Basically the article says that women, when they are pregnant, often have fewer symptoms of MS than when they are not pregnant. They think this is due to the action of Estriol, a female hormone produced by the placenta. In one study four years ago, women who were given Estriol experienced “an 80 percent drop in inflammatory lesions in the brain, a hallmark of the disease.” That is really great, and I think it gives some hope to sufferers of MS. The article goes on to say that more studies are going to be done with Estriol, and researchers are optimistic about the drug’s potential.

Here is more information on MS.

Here is more information on Estriol and MS.

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