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Could probiotics help to fight multiple sclerosis? – Medical News Today

Breaking research from the Mayo Clinic uncovers a gut microbe that has the potential to treat autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis. The intriguing findings are published this week in the journal Cell Reports.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease wherein the individual’s immune system mistakenly attacks myelin – that is, the waxy coating on nerves. Myelin plays a number of roles, including protecting the nerve and speeding up transmission. Without it, communication between the brain and the rest of the body is significantly disrupted.

Symptoms of the condition include numbness or weakness, double vision, slurred speech, lack of coordination, trouble walking, and, sometimes, paralysis. Symptoms tend to come in waves, being worse during an attack, then subsiding.

There is currently no cure for MS, and treatments instead aim to speed up recovery from attacks, manage symptoms, and slow disease progression.

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