Living with MS can be very bizarre. We each have a completely different menu of symptoms. And like any good 24-hour diner you can get any thing at any time – from grilled cheese to lobster. My special of the day is a warm bowl of dizziness with a side spasticity. What’s on your plate?
George Jelinek shared some valuable information in his post - The critical part of the jigsaw of the diet in MS is Professor Swank’s work - which touched on the nature of clinical trials.
When we think of clinical trials, the image of pharma-sponsored drug trials immediately come to mind. Perhaps this is because we hear most about drugs in trials, drugs which have been tested for use in MS, and drugs which receive that important FDA approval before hitting the market. But drug trials are not the only types of clinical trials.
Clinical trials fall into several categories, including:
Treatment trials: These studies test new treatments for diseases or conditions. These treatments can include experimental treatments, new drugs, new combinations of drugs, or new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy.
A treatment trial may also study "off-label" uses for an existing FDA-approved treatment. Off-label means the drug is being use as a treatmen...
<p><strong>What is Multiple Sclerosis?</strong></p>
<p>Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, neurological disorder characterized by destruction of the myelin sheaths, the protective outer coverings of the nerves within the central nervous system, which includes the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Myelin sheaths are composed mostly of fats; they insulate the nerves and preserve the speed of electrical transmissions. In MS, patchy areas of the sheaths are destroyed and replaced by scar tissue called plaques—a process known as sclerosis—at multiple sites throughout the central nervous system, hence the name of the disorder. Sclerosis impairs electrical conduction, thus reducing or eliminating transmission of nerve impulses within the affected areas. When severe, the disease may destroy the inner cables of the nerves or axons, causing irreversible damage. What triggers this process and the exact cause or causes of MS are unknown.<...
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