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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune condition that can be detected by MRI brain scans which show lesions in the brain, however, specialists cannot yet tell if the prognosis of the disease will be severe or mild. The brain scan is not predictive of the course of the disease, but now experts have found that antibodies degrade the protective layer around nerve cells, called the myelin sheath. Recently they discovered that two particular antibodies can be used to determine the extent of severity that MS will have on the person's body according to their levels, however, the tests have not proven to be sensitive. First symptoms of MS include disturbance in vision, and weakness, which can progress to permanent paralysis. Scientists are concerned that their progression with further understanding MS is only leading to more hurdles with diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Journal Gazette
About: MS cause coming to light
Date: 4 December 2005
Source: The Journal Gazette
Author: William Hathaway
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