Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Multiple Sclerosis

MS: Common herpesvirus variant raises risk

New research distinguishes between two similar variants of the human herpesvirus 6 and finds that one variant significantly increases the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). Share on PinterestScientists have linked the Epstein-Barr virus (depicted here) with MS. MS is an autoimmune condition that affects around 400,000 people in the United States and 2.5 million […]

GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Multiple Sclerosis

Does sunlight change our gut microbiome?

Scientists show that ultraviolet (UV) light exposure leads to changes in the gut microbiome, but only in volunteers who were deficient in vitamin D. Share on PinterestCan sunlight affect our gut microbiomes? There is plenty of evidence that links vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, to health outcomes. Living at higher latitudes, which means less exposure […]

Multiple Sclerosis

Rejuvenating brain stem cells may hold key to future MS treatments

Scientists have found a way to make older brain stem cells in rats more youthful. The discovery could lead to improved treatments for aging-related diseases that degrade the brain and nervous system. Researchers managed to rejuvenate stem cells, inching closer to more effective treatments for MS. The research concerns oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs), which are […]

Immune System / Vaccines Multiple Sclerosis

Could activating these immune cells protect against MS?

In multiple sclerosis, overactive inflammatory immune cells destroy the tissue that surrounds and insulates the nerves. Now, new research in mice reveals that activating a different group of immune cells could potentially counteract the destructive autoimmune reaction. Researchers focused on the role of a single type of T cell in triggering MS. Researchers at Stanford […]

Multiple Sclerosis

What to know about MS fatigue

Fatigue is one of the most common and disabling symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). It is often the most significant symptom that people with few other symptoms experience. Some lifestyle changes, healthful habits, and medications can help people manage MS fatigue. In this article, we discuss the symptoms, causes, and treatment of MS fatigue. Share […]