The wane in veins draining the brain
July 12, 2009 7:34 PM Subscribe
posted by greatgefilte (48 comments total)
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A quiet revolution is taking place in the multiple sclerosis community. Long thought of as purely an autoimmune disease, possibly secondary to Epstein-Barr virus
infection or even an STI
, MS has never been pinned down to a single cause. Now things are changing, in a big and bloody way: MS appears to be related to abnormalities in veins.
In December 2008, Italian researchers reported
that the vast majority of 65 MS patients studied, and none of the 235 controls, had significant abnormalities in the veins draining the brain. While it's too early to conclusively identify this as the cause, rather than an effect, of MS, patient forums have been abuzz
with talk of this discovery and the ensuing positive experiences of MS patients who have had stents
placed to alleviate venous stenoses.
Of course, no new discovery would be complete without word from the non-conventional medical community. The proponents of Inclined Bed Therapy
-- raise the head of your bed by six inches, cure all ills! -- are already using this news
as justification for their claims.