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National MS Society-Supported Researchers Report Success Protecting Nervous System in Mice

May 29, 2015

Researchers funded by the National MS Society and the Illinois Lottery administered a compound that naturally occurs in the brain, called lanthionine ketamine-ester (LKE), to mice with an MS-like disease. The treatment reduced signs of the disease and also reduced nerve degeneration . If these results hold up in future research, it could lead to clinical trials with people with MS to test the ability of LKE to protect the nervous system from damage and stop MS progression.

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Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and there is currently no cure for MS. 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. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.

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