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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is obviously close to my heart and I'm determined to make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from the disease by raising the profile of MS, as well as raising funds for advocacy and research - Ann Romney

Multiple Sclerosis

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MS is more common in women than in men and in Caucasians of northern European ancestry than in other ethnic groups and is widely believed to be an autoimmune disorder, mainly for lack of a better cause. Currently, there is no known cure, despite allegations suggesting otherwise. But could there be one on the horizon?

MS remains a very difficult disease to diagnose for the following reasons: •The majority of MS cases are the relapsing-remitting type, e.g. the symptoms may come and go. •Up to now, no single lab test can give a positive-negative answer for MS. •Early symptoms are difficult to interpret and may be similar to other more common diseases.

Similarly the treatment for MS continues to remain just as difficult as making the diagnosis. Over the years, drugs have been developed and approved that slow down the progression and minimize the severity of MS attacks. Unfortunately, many of these MS drugs are associated with many side effects, some of them serious. And, the benefits of treatment greatly depends on the disease course and the stage when detected.

However, in 2009 a new theory and possible treatment for MS was put forward by an Italian doctor that challenged the conventional thinking of MS as an autoimmune disease. Zamboni's theory is now popularly known as Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI).

As one would expect, the medical establishment remains cautious, even openly skeptical about Zamboni's theory and treatment procedure. There are experts, though, who are more open-minded and willing to give Zamboni and his CCSVI the benefit of doubt.

Keep track of the ongoing clinical trials. Ultimately, this could be the elusive cure for some MS patients. It's worth considering.