Study Focusing on Premature Infants May Help MS Patients
A naturally occurring substance called epidermal growth factor appears to reverse a type of brain damage that’s common in very premature infants. Children that are born very early have immature fetal hemoglobin, which affects the transfer of oxygen to the whole body and specifically the brain. This harms the development of the cells that form myelin.
Recovery is possible naturally, but it can occur sooner using epidermal growth hormone (EGF). The EGF treatment worked well in mice only if it was given soon after the injury occurred. Scientists are considering a similar treatment for those with multiple sclerosis since both preemies and people with MS have brains without enough myelin insulation around nerve cells.
However, there could be a downside to the treatment as EGF is known to cause tumors as well.
To read more, go to the NPR Story Here
Press + Media
- Print Press Coverage
- TV Press Coverage
- Online Press Coverage
- Foundation Videos
- Foundation Blog
- Press Materials
Topics of Interest
Posted: Mar 01, 2014Utilizing membership data from Kaiser Permanente Southern California, researchers analyzed the health records of 305 women aged ...
Posted: Sep 24, 2013Taking place at the Hyatt Regency Century City on December ...
Posted: Jun 12, 2013The 2012-2013 Virtual Race to Erase MS raised around $30,000 ...
Posted: Jan 10, 2013We are excited to share the official theme, *Love to ...