Table of Contents
- Multiple sclerosis (MS) quick facts
- Multiple sclerosis definition
- What is MS?
- How many people have MS?
- What causes multiple sclerosis?
- Who is at risk for multiple sclerosis, and is it inherited (genetic)?
- MS early symptoms and signs
- What are the 4 types of multiple sclerosis?
- What exams and test diagnose MS?
- What kind of health-care professionals treats multiple sclerosis?
- What are MS treatment guidelines and options?
- Multiple sclerosis medications
- What are the treatments for MS symptoms?
- What is the prognosis and life expectancy for multiple sclerosis?
- Is it possible to prevent multiple sclerosis?
- What research is being done on multiple sclerosis?
Quick GuideMultiple Sclerosis (MS) Symptoms and Treatment
Is it possible to prevent multiple sclerosis?
Without a clearly defined cause of multiple sclerosis, ways to prevent this disease have not yet been identified. Exercising regularly, getting sufficient sleep, or eating healthy meals will be of long-term benefit for many people, but have not been shown to be of help to prevent the development of multiple sclerosis.
What research is being done on multiple sclerosis?
Many areas related to the diagnosis and treatments of multiple sclerosis are being explored. These include more in-depth analysis of genetic factors, including factors which may help with the diagnosis and prediction of patient response to treatment options. Drugs which show promise in eliminating or preventing new multiple sclerosis lesions from forming are being evaluated; these new medications include drugs which would need to be injected, as well as drugs in a pill form. A good animal model of multiple sclerosis has not been yet developed; it is thought that a working animal model would help with the development of medications to treat multiple sclerosis. Stem cell therapy, which may help reboot a patient's immune system so that multiple sclerosis lesions no longer form, is being evaluated more closely.
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