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Statins help slow down development of multiple sclerosis

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A recent study has revealed that statins may help slow down the progression of multiple sclerosis. According to www.phsyorg.com, drugs taken for lowering cholesterol, Statins could be more effective aid for slowing the development of the multiple sclerosis as compared to placebo.
The study was conducted by the researchers at the University of California. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition which takes place when the immune cells in the body attack the nervous system which results in development of lesions in the spinal cord and brain leading to neurological disability.
As per www.food.sify.com, the team of researchers carried out the study on about 81 patients who were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. These patients were given certain statins for a period of 12 months, which included about five MRI scans at regular intervals. At the end of the study it was found that the percentage of people who did not develop lesions following a treatment of statins was 55.3 percent, while percentage of people who were kept on placebo was 27.6 percent.
Richard Pryor

“The exciting finding in this study is that reducing new brain MRI lesions should be meaningful for patients since new lesions are reliable correlates of future clinical attacks in MS,” remarked Pelletier, one of the researchers.

Celebrities who suffer from multiple sclerosis include comedian Richard Pryor.
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