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On/Off Switch for Receptor Illuminates Path to MS Drug

By Sharon Kingman
Staff Writer

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
LONDON – A promising new strategy for treating multiple sclerosis is under investigation. An international team of researchers reported that they have identified a method of stimulating repair of nerve cells that have lost their protective lipid insulation, a process that occurs in multiple sclerosis. The new approach is radically different from that used in existing therapies, which focus on preventing the damage to nerve cells caused by the immune system. The team patented the finding and researchers are collaborating with a pharmaceutical company to develop candidate therapies.

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