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Blood Pressure Medication Prevents Myelin Damage and Reduces MS-like Symptoms in Mice

March 13, 2015

Researchers at the University of Chicago report that the blood pressure medication guanabenz increases the survival of myelin-making cells and reduces symptoms in MS-like disease in mice. First author Sharon Way, PhD, was funded in this work by a postdoctoral fellowship from the National MS Society, supported in part by the Dave Tomlinson Research Fund. The medication is now being tested for its potential to treat people with MS.

Read more on Medical Xpress.
Read the study, reported in Nature Communications.
Read more about research to repair damage in MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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