March 13, 2003
U. C. L. A. researchers believe they've come up with an alternative to shots in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and it could be something as simple as a once-a-day pill.
MS is an autoimmune disease which means the body destroys it's own tissues. Estriol, a chemical women develop during pregnancy, might help MS sufferers. Researchers say a pill form is showing promise.
U.C.L.A. neurologist, Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl says, "We followed the MRI
of their brain for six months before treatment and six months during treatment.
What we found was the number and volume of lesions in the brain went down
significantly." So far the human trials on the pill showed an 80 percent
reduction in brain lesions in MS patients.
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