Blood Test May Detect MS Years Before Onset of Symptoms

Scientists in Tel Aviv University are developing a simple blood test that aims to predict multiple sclerosis up to nine years before symptoms appear, which they hope could lead to earlier treatment to prevent the disease from progressing.

Doctors currently cannot detect MS until symptoms develop and patients are often diagnosed too late.

The research team have so far identified certain chemicals which, if present in the blood, indicate the person may get the disease. This was achieved after examining blood samples of 10 19-year-old Israelis who were inducted into the army as healthy soldiers. Years later, nine of them developed MS and the scientists were able to look at thousands of genes for markers that showed a difference in those who had MS.

If this blood test becomes a success, it will enable doctors to prescribe drugs such as Copaxone and Beta-interferon, both of which could stave off the symptoms, but do not cure them.

These findings were recently published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease.

Source: Daily Mail

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