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FP88 Vaccine for Multiple Sclerosis and Other Autoimmune Diseases

Posted Sep 30 2010 12:00am
Thanks to Marc F., in Ft. Lauderdale, we have this to blog about

East Carolina University seeks a collaborative partner to develop a new advancement in the treatment and prevention of autoimmune diseases—especially multiple sclerosis (MS).

MS afflicts more than 2.5 million people worldwide. In the United States alone, 400,000 people suffer from the disorder at an annual cost to the economy of about $20 billion. MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, and more particularly, the myelin material that surrounds and protects individual nerve fibers. The body’s own immune system attacks the myelin, leaving behind lesions and scarring that interrupt electric impulses traveling to and from the brain. Symptoms of MS include fatigue, bladder and bowel dysfunction, difficulty in walking, reduced cognitive function, dizziness, depression, pain, visual impairment, sexual dysfunction, and other symptoms. No cure exists for MS, but various treatments are available to improve the quality of life for those living with the disease. The global market for these treatments is currently estimated at $4.9 billion.

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