Brain molecule helps ‘wake up’ cells that could help tackle MS: study

Fractalkine molecule showing promise for treating certain neurodegenerative disorders

Brain molecule helps ‘wake up’ cells that could help tackle MS: studyAn immunological molecule called fractalkine can boost the production of brain cells that produce myelin, a key factor in diseases such as multiple sclerosis, according to recent research from the University of Alberta. Myelin is an insulating layer around nerves that is gradually worn away by inflammation in multiple sclerosis and similar diseases. Without this…

Researchers goal is to end chronic pain in MS patients

Attempting to determine whether the peripheral nervous system plays a role in facial pain

Researchers goal is to end chronic pain in MS patientsA newly announced grant from the MS Society is helping researchers at the University of Alberta to better understand the underlying cause of chronic pain that afflicts an estimated half of people with multiple sclerosis, and how to eradicate it. Bradley Kerr and his team are looking in particular at the peripheral nervous system, which involves all…

Wearable tech helps people manage multiple sclerosis

Wearable tech helps people manage multiple sclerosisUniversity of Alberta researchers are teaming up with a precision-health innovator to develop a low-cost wearable sensor to help people suffering from chronic neurologic conditions treat their illness remotely, while reducing the frequency and costs of hospital visits. Hossein Rouhani, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and primary investigator in the Neuromuscular Control and Biomechanics Laboratory,…

MS support group to form

MS support group to formNow in its formative stage, the Portage and Rural MS Support group will be having a community meeting on Feb. 13, to bring together family, friends and those stricken by Multiple Sclerosis. “This will be an opportunity to discuss ways to help those affected by MS and their families and to begin building a local…