Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blood Tests for MS

Scientists are working on a blood test that help doctors diagnosis multiple sclerosis nine years before symptoms starts to appear.

Achieving this would mean that just using a blood test will help sufferers to apply early treatment and to stop the disease. Currently, there is no way to detect this disease, only the symptoms announcing it. Therefore, patients are often diagnosed too late, reports the Daily Mail.

Blood Tests for MS
The team working on this project in Israel and identified certain chemicals which, if are present in the blood, they are indicating that disease will occur in future.

From Tel Aviv University's faculty of medicine, Professor Anat Achiron declared: 'Every time we meet a new patient exhibiting symptoms of MS, we must ask ourselves how long this has been going on. 'We can diagnose MS by brain MRI scans, but we've never been able to know how "fresh" the disease is.'

Multiple sclerosis occurs in young people, especially among the female.

Because it has a genetic component, detecting chemicals in one's blood test will automatically result in the person's brothers and sisters and they can start also early treatment. There are currently no cure for this disease, only the symptoms can be alleviated by following treatment.

Multiple sclerosis is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spine cord. According to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a large number of people with multiple sclerosis (approximately 45%) are not strongly affected by the disease and live a normal life, and the first five years of disease activity give an overview on the developments of symptoms.

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