More genes than previously thought linked to MS!

A new discovery that came from a research aimed at finding out what role genes play in MS has now identified an additional 29 genes adding to a total of 57 genetic clues for MS.

However, it is still emphasized that genes play only a part in MS risk. Other factors, such as vitamin D levels and viral exposure are also believed to play a role. We know that the further somebody is from the equator, the higher his/her risk is (vitamin D from sunlight may be a factor).

The authors explained that T-cells and interleukins appear to play a major role in the development of MS. (…)

Co-author, Alastair Compston, from Cambridge University, said:

“We have implicated genes that are highly relevant to the actions of those drugs. It is now clear that multiple sclerosis is primarily an immunological disease. This is the way to nail this disease and get on top of it.”

(Source: Medical News Today August 10th 2011.)


Cost of Medicine vs. Quality of Life for MSers.

Yes please – reduce the cost of MS drugs!

in this article published July 21st by MEdical News Today (see link to the right) a study has been made whereby the cost of medication used to treat MS and the quality of life that ensues from the use of the medicine is measured.

(not surprisingly) it has been concluded that the cost of MS medicines is among the highest in the world (for medicine) – basically that “the health gains from these drugs come at a very high cost compared to basic therapy to control the symptoms of MS and compared to treatments for other chronic diseases.”

You can find the whole article under the previously mentioned link to the right. So what ya say we get the cost of MS medicines reduced and improve our quality of life!!