In recent health news, researchers from the Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago think they have uncovered another way to fend off a particularly troublesome symptom of MS: brain lesions.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 24, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, supports a study on a therapy that will help relieve multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/how-this-worm-fights-colon-cancer), life is definitely a challenge for those with MS, a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. While doctors have come a long way in understanding MS, there is no treatment at present that can cure it.
At best, MS patients try to manage their symptoms and reduce their severity and/or frequency. In recent health news, researchers from the Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago think they have uncovered another way to fend off a particularly troublesome symptom of MS: brain lesions.
The article explains that normally, nerve cells are surrounded by an insulating layer called “myelin.” Myelin is a fatty substance that helps transmit nerve impulses. In those with MS, the myelin sheath becomes inflamed or damaged. This slows or completely disrupts the transmission of nerve impulses, leaving areas of scarring. These areas of scarring are called “lesions,” and they often appear in the white matter of the brain.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “Try This Therapy to Help Relieve MS Symptoms,” reports the trial examined the effects of a stress management program in reducing neuroimaging markers of MS disease activity; specifically, the brain lesions mentioned above.
A total of 121 patients with relapsing forms of MS were randomized to receive stress management therapy for MS or to be assigned to a control group. The stress management therapy provided 16 individual treatment sessions over 24-weeks, followed by a 24-week post-treatment follow-up. The research team measured the number of new brain lesions using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) at weeks eight, 16, and 24. Secondary outcomes measured included enlarging lesions, brain volume change, clinical exacerbation, and stress.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that the researchers found that stress management therapy results in a reduction in cumulative lesions. More of the participants also remained free of lesions during the therapy treatment compared to participants receiving the control treatment. The researchers noted that these effects were no longer detectable during the 24-week post-treatment follow-up period. They concluded that this trial indicates that stress management therapy may be useful in reducing the development of new brain lesions while patients are in treatment.
Emphasizing brain foods could also be beneficial for those with MS, the article mentions, concluding anything that boosts the resiliency and health of the brain is sure to help manage the condition.
(SOURCE: Mohr, D.C., et al., "A randomized trial of stress management for the prevention of new brain lesions in MS," Neurology, July 11 2012.)
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