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"Good Cholesterol" May Help Decrease Multiple Sclerosis Inflammation, Lessen Disability

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:20pm
Release Date: April 28, 2009
source: University of Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Could HDL, the "good cholesterol," have the same protective effect in multiple sclerosis, an inflammatory disease of the brain's white matter, as it does in heart disease, through its anti-inflammatory effects on blood vessels?

The answer may be yes, based on results of research conducted at the University at Buffalo and presented today (Tuesday, April 28) in a poster session at the American Association of Neurology meeting in Seattle, Wash.

Allison S. Drake, MSc, a researcher in the Jacobs Neurological Institute (JNI), UB's Department of Neurology, is first author on the study.

Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, M.D., UB associate professor of neurology and director of the JNI's Baird Multiple Sclerosis Center, initiated and oversaw the research.

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