A blood test to help spot signs of multiple sclerosis

A new study says that a simple blood test may help find out signs of multiple sclerosis, which is a disease of the brain and spinal cord.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. The immune system attacks the protective sheath or myelin that covers nerve fibres and causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body. Eventually, the nerves deteriorate or become permanently damaged.

New research done in the United Kingdom found that using advanced mass spectrometry techniques can provide a tool to identify multiple sclerosis with the help of blood samples.

Present testing methods are painful & invasive

At present, the procedure for identifying MS involves collecting fluid from the brain and spine. The tool will also help understand the part of the compounds in the disease and assist in the making of new drugs for MS patients.

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