Multiple Sclerosis Patients Benefited by Parasitic Infections

by Medindia Content Team on  January 18, 2007 at 3:11 PM Research News
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Multiple Sclerosis Patients Benefited by Parasitic Infections
A recent research finding indicates that patients who were affected by parasitic infections had a lower rate of relapse of multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple Sclerosis is an auto immune disease which harms the myelin sheath that covers the nerve fibres.
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Jorge Correale and Mauricio Farez of the Raul Carrea Institute for Neurological Research in Buenos Aires divulged this information, in the Annals of Neurology. A study was conducted by them among thirty six patients who were divided into three groups of twelve each.

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The first group was a set of MS patients combined with parasitic infection, the second group was uninfected MS patients and the third group comprised of completely healthy individuals. At the end of 5 years, the first group had recorded a fewer relapses of MS then the other two groups.

This result suggests that a rise in autoimmune disorders could be attributed to the fall of infectious diseases in certain countries. When there is germ-free environment, there is always an increase of allergies. They also averred that parasitic infections generally have a long lasting effect on the immune system of the body thereby minimizing a further damage to the healthy tissue.



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