BALTIMORE - About 400,000 Americans have Multiple Sclerosis, a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. It can be debilitating and sometimes painful. Right now there are few treatment options and no cure. Diagnosing the disease is difficult, but figuring out what form of Multiple Sclerosis a patient has can be even harder. That may soon change. An experimental screening technique finds that multiple sclerosis patients have two different molecular "signatures" that reflect disease severity.
This suggests that doctors might one day use this tool to help determine who has a more aggressive form of MS and might need earlier treatment with stronger medications. The next step is to confirm their findings with another trial, which will include multiple blood tests.
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