An incurable disease that typically leads to disability, multiple sclerosis causes a person’s immune system to attack its own central nervous system. For years, scientists have been looking for a way to slow the progression of MS by stopping this unnatural process. Now, new research suggests they may have achieved their goal.
Nanoparticles to the Rescue
In what experts are touting as a potential breakthrough, researchers recently used nanoparticles to “trick” overactive immune systems into stopping their assault on myelin. Two hundred times smaller than the thickness of a human hair, these particles were composed of the exact same materials used to create dissolvable stitches.
To reach their findings, researchers tested their strategy on mice. By tricking the immune systems into misidentifying the nanoparticles as dying blood cells, the strategy seemed to calm the myelin-attacking T-cells, which are thought to be responsible for flare-ups. Ultimately, mice that received the treatments showed no signs of flare-ups or relapses for an astounding 100 days, which could amount to years in human patients who have MS.
Hope for Tomorrow; Hope for Today
Unfortunately, even if this new potential MS treatment is proven to work on humans; it will take years of testing before it hits the market. In the meantime, MS sufferers must find a way to manage their symptoms, so they can live fuller, more enjoyable lives.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, one person is diagnosed with MS every single hour. That amounts to 400,000 Americans and 2.1 million people worldwide.
Fortunately, many of these people can get relief from MS symptoms by wearing an oral appliance which relieves pressure on critical blood vessels and nerves that support brain function. To learn more about this effective treatment for MS, contact Dr. Winber’s office today or call the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado at (303) 691-0267 to schedule your consultation.