More MS news articles for August
the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis revisited
Int MS J. 2003 Apr;10(1):29-31
University of Cambridge Neurology Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge,
Uncertainty breeds speculation.
First, multiple sclerosis (MS) is said to be a sexually transmitted
disease childhood onset cases representing examples of child abuse.
Now, the concept of MS as an inflammatory disorder has been sidelined.
Does it matter
After all, these claims and counter-claims provided copy for the New Scientist
(A Coglan, Have We Got It Horribly Wrong? 16 November 2002) and national
radio in the UK covered both stories.
that affected individuals are repeatedly exposed to untested new ideas
concerning aetiology and disease mechanisms;
that lay organizations spend time setting straight the record as they and
their advisers see it;
that journalists prowling for news are seen to have over-blown their stories;
that yet more raw hypotheses are spawned by the oxygen of this publicity;
that original research is discredited by these neurological borborygmi?
Antivivisectionists spotted an open goal and wrote to the newspapers.
Journalists waved the 'freedom of speech' flag and an institution was
criticized for distancing itself from the sex-abuse author.