What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Researchers from the University College London released a study in The Lancet which investigated the effectiveness of phenytoin on 86 participants with optic neuritis, one symptom of Multiple sclerosis MS. The participants received either the drug phenytoin or a placebo for 3 month. The nerve damage was measure with OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography).
The lead author of the study said: “We wanted to find out if the theory that blocking sodium currents, which we developed in basic work over many years, actually served to protect neural tissue – a test-bed to see if we can achieve neuroprotection.”
“There are currently no available treatments which directly protect the nerves from damage in MS and, if effective, this treatment could be beneficial for all types of MS, which is currently unheard of.
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