Monday, January 25, 2010

MS pill studies show better results, more risks

From CBC News:
People with multiple sclerosis may someday have the option of taking a pill for the disease instead of the injections available now.

But the oral treatments under study also carry potentially dangerous side-effects, two new studies suggest.

The studies in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine suggest the oral drugs work to reduce relapses and deterioration of the neurodegenerative disease, which attacks the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms of MS include inflammation, paralysis and problems with speech, memory and concentration.

Current treatment therapies, which include the injection of drugs such as interferon, show good results but become tiresome for the patients in the long term, researchers say. ...more

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