They discover the virus that could be the main cause of multiple sclerosis

After a long investigation, scientists from Harvard University have made a key finding in the fight against multiple sclerosis. This is a discovery that could help prevent it and even improve the quality of life of those who suffer from it.

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what is multiple sclerosis?

multiple sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune disease of the nervous system, which damages both the brain and the spinal cord. It damages the myelin sheath, the material that surrounds and is responsible for protecting nerve cells.

This affects the messages between the brain and the body, slowing them down or blocking them. As a consequence, the symptoms of illness.

Balance and coordination problems, problems with memory, feeling of numbness and muscle weakness are some of them. This disease affects approximately 2.5 million people worldwide, occurring more in women than in men.

The age range in which it usually begins is between 20 and 40 years. Multiple sclerosis usually reaches a mild degree, although in some people it escalates to hinder the performance of usual tasks: Talking, walking or writing can become difficult tasks to do.

a key finding in the fight against multiple sclerosis

After 20 years of research, specialists from Harvard University have discovered the virus that could cause the disease. Although for the moment underlying cause unknown, the study focuses on a possible suspect: the so-called Epstein-Barr virus.

The research was carried out over two decades on ten million US servicemen, 955 of whom were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis during their service.

The study showed something experts considered “a big step” in the fight against the disease: the risk of developing this type of sclerosis in individuals who were negative for the Epstein-Barr virus was multiplied by 32 after infection.

a hopeful find

According to the researchers, “Most cases of multiple sclerosis could be prevented by stopping Epstein-Barr virus infection”. In turn, they conclude: “Going directly to him could lead to the discovery of a cure for this pathology.”

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Multiple sclerosis currently has no cure.. However, medicines can help slow down the process and control symptoms.

Some therapies also contribute to Improve Life Quality of those who suffer from it. Thus, this finding could mark a before and after in the fight against multiple sclerosis.

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Sources:

MedlinePlus

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