HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Statins show early promise for treating multiple sclerosis

Results of a preliminary study in this week's issue of THE LANCET suggest that statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) could have potential in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Drug treatments for MS are expensive and only partially effective. Recent knowledge that statins promote an anti-inflammatory response from the immune system suggest a potential in the treatment of MS.

Inderjit Singh from the Medical University of South Carolina, USA, and colleagues report how 30 people with MS given 80 mg simvastatin daily for 6 months had a 44% reduction in the proportion of brain lesions after three months of treatment compared with lesions identified before treatment initiation.

Dr Singh comments: "These findings suggest that an 80 mg daily dose of oral simvastatin over a 6 month period could inhibit the inflammatory components of multiple sclerosis that lead to neurological disabilityOur results, combined with the published work on the immunological effects of statins lend support to the case for randomised controlled clinical trials to establish the safety and efficacy of statins in the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis".

In an accompanying Commentary (p 1570), Chris Polman from VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands, concludes: "[this] study is a big step forward because it is the first to provide some evidence of an effect with a statin in multiple sclerosis-but it is only an initial step. Additional data are required to more precisely determine the clinical effects of statins, to explore the optimum dose, the therapeutic window, and the differential potency of statins, and to evaluate whether combination therapy might be more effective than monotherapy. Physicians, scientists, drug companies, and regulatory agencies should now work together to design and do randomised studies that have adequate power to address these and other important issues. It is the joint responsibility of all involved to ensure that some
'"/>

Contact: Joe Santangelo
j.santangelo@elsevier.com
212-633-3810
Lancet
13-May-2004


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Statins effective in long term, Nordic study suggests
2. Statins and aspirin may protect against severe vision loss in elderly
3. Statins could reduce stroke risk by a third
4. Statins may inhibit calcium growth on aortic valve in the elderly
5. International Study Finds Statins Raise Good Cholesterol, Wake Forest Physician Reports
6. New marker for early diagnosis of kidney failure identified
7. English-speaking Hispanic youth more likely to have sex early
8. Inpatient smoking cessation counseling is associated with early differences in mortality
9. Study finds no reason for expectant mothers to shy away from early epidurals
10. No increase in C-sections when epidural analgesia given early in labor
11. Radiologists offer non-surgical treatment for early-stage liver cancer

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/26/2017)... ... 2017 , ... After a summer-long contest to crown the ... Drivers proudly announced the winners of the HEROtini Mocktail Challenge at the Stockton ... the challenge of competing in three categories: Best HEROtini Mocktail, Top HEROtini Bartender, ...
(Date:9/26/2017)... ... , ... Data Integrity: , The Key to FDA and GMP Compliance, ** ... http://www.fdanews.com/fdadataintegrity , Consider this situation. The FDA gives simple ... be trustworthy and reliable … a more detailed evaluation may be warranted.” , ...
(Date:9/26/2017)... ... 26, 2017 , ... Dr. Kovatis, is a Hospital for ... and Foot Section of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical ... UMC performing total ankle replacements. Because of this, Dr. Kovatis is often referred ...
(Date:9/26/2017)... , ... September 26, 2017 , ... The 2017 American ... called “The Magic of Fat,” revealed not only the latest about cosmetic procedures to ... be an evolution in cosmetic medicine. , “Fat really is magical, especially when it ...
(Date:9/26/2017)... ... 26, 2017 , ... The Organizing Committee is pleased to ... Pittcon 2018. As of July 1, Adrian C. Michael, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh, ... Charles Gardner, (ChemImage Corporation) and selected chairs. , Other members of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/18/2017)... 2017 EpiVax, Inc. ("EpiVax") a ... immune engineering, today announced a new NIH-funded ... ... and presents a challenge for traditional flu ... be effective. Using state-of-the-art bioinformatics and molecular modeling methods, ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... 2017  ValGenesis Inc., the global leader in ... to announce the appointment of Dr. Ajaz ... of Directors and Chairman of Advisory Board beginning ... companies to manage their entire validation lifecycle process ... this process. Furthermore, ValGenesis VLMS enables rigorous compliance, ...
(Date:9/7/2017)...  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... to more efficiently focus resources on developing new ... workforce reductions, including those from a U.S. voluntary ... 3,500 positions. With the streamlining ... approximately $500 million that will begin to be ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: