Breakthrough In Battle Against MS

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

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(CBS) – Researchers from England are using stem cells to attack the major problem in multiple sclerosis. MS is caused  by a defect in the body’s immune system in which the body turns on itself and attacks what is known as the myelin sheath. It is this sheath, which is a type of insulating layer, that allows nerve signals to be transferred.

The idea of regenerating is revolutionary. Scientists believe this could potentially pave the way to find medications that could help repair damage. Researchers are quick to point out this is not a cure but a major first step in the battle for MS with a new form of treatment.

Reported by: Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio