Many diseases are sadly considered to be incurable, but an amazing new breakthrough may take multiple sclerosis (MS) off of that list.
An estimated 2.3 million patients around the world have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune complication that effects both the brain and spinal cord in a detrimental way.
Patients as young as 30 that have been diagnosed suffer from severe symptoms such as blindness and inability to operate normal motor functions.
With little to no hope of a cure the 2.3 million patients with multiple sclerosis have resigned themselves to a life of pain and discomfort, until now. Thanks to a ground breaking epiphany by Dr. Su Metcalfe the hope of a substantial breakthrough and possible cure is finally with in reach.
Modern medicine has made leaps and bounds thanks to the endless research of the men and woman who are trained to study, identify, and combat the monumental number of known diseases both viral and bacterial. Curing or improving the livelihood of people affected by multiple sclerosis will add another notch in the proverbial belt of modern medicine.
A scientist might be on the verge of curing the autoimmune condition that affects 2.3 million people all over the globe. Dr. Su Metcalfe is the mastermind behind this ground-breaking cure. And she thinks she has the secret to stop the condition which assaults brain and spinal cord cells.
“Some people get progressive MS, so go straight to the severe form of the disease, but the majority have a relapsing or remitting version,” she says in an interview with Matt Gooding of Cambridge News.
“It can start from the age of 30, and there’s no cure, so all you can do is suppress the immune response, but the drugs that do that have side effects, and you can’t repair the brain. The cost of those drugs is very high, and in the UK there are a lot of people who don’t get treated at all.”
“I discovered a small binary switch, controlled by a LIF, which regulates inside the immune cell itself. LIF is able to control the cell to ensure it doesn’t attack your own body but then releases the attack when needed.
“That LIF, in addition to regulating and protecting us against attack, also plays a major role in keeping the brain and spinal cord healthy. In fact it plays a major role in tissue repair generally, turning on stem cells that are naturally occurring in the body, making it a natural regenerative medicine, but also plays a big part in repairing the brain when it’s been damaged.
“So I thought, this is fantastic. We can treat auto-immune disease, and we’ve got something to treat MS, which attacks both the brain and the spinal cord. So you have a double whammy that can stop and reverse the auto-immunity, and also repair the damage caused in the brain.”