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Multiple Sclerosis may be treated by unclogging clogged blood vessels

The Globe and Mail has an interesting  article about a new hypothesis for the cause of multiple sclerosis.  The idea, thought up by Dr. Paolo Zamboni, is that the disease is caused by iron buildup in blood vessels in the brain or leading to the brain.  The idea is supported by ultrasound measurements which showed that multiple sclerosis sufferers have a problem with blood drainage from the brain.   Based on this idea, the treatment is to unclog the blood vessels via surgery.  Tests done on 65 multiple sclerosis sufferers in Italy showed that brain lesions decreases from 50% to 12% and 73% of patients had no multiple sclerosis symptoms.  Further trials are planned in the United States with 1000 patients with and without multiple sclerosis.

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