Dr. Rany Aburashed at Memorial Healthcare Https://www.memorial healthcare.org/ in Owosso, Michigan is conducting new research in a quest to find ways to stop the progression of Multiple Sclerosis. A local newscast reported on some recent evidence of success.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
An autoimmune disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms from physical and mental to at times psychiatric problems. Specific issues can include double vision, blindness in one eye, trouble with sensation, etc. MS takes multiple forms with new symptoms coming in either isolated attacks (relapsing forms) or building up over time (progressive forms). Although symptoms can disappear permanent neurological problems often remain, especially as the disease advances. Some estimate that 1 million are affected by the disease in the U.S. alone.
Recently Lansing Michigan’s WILX 10 did a story on a researcher’s mission to cure MS.
Tracking Neurofilament Light
Dr. Rany Aburashed has set up an MS research effort at Memorial Hospital in Owosso, MI. Showcased on a recent news program, Dr. Aburashed and study team are using neurofilament light, which are the proteins that are the foundation to the blood, to track the progression of the disease and actual effectivity of treatment ongoing, in real-time.
The Michigan-based study team studies patient blood samples to look carefully at their neurofilament light. A kind of biomarker for MS, the team tracks the levels of these proteins in patients an effort to determine how aggressive a particular patient’s MS is actually progressing. Infusing precision and personalization into this research effort is paramount as MS can affect each person differently—some have aggressive forms and others have more minor conditions.
A Success with a Patient
One of Dr. Aburashed’s patients, Samantha Pelt, was interviewed. Growing up she watched her grandmother struggle with MS. In an emotional interview she conveyed the feelings once she became first diagnosed with MS herself in 2017. It all started when she noticed she couldn’t balance as easily and she developed an eye twitch. At 25 years old, Ms. Pelt is part of this ongoing Memorial Hospital study which appears to have stopped her MS progression as the symptoms have gone away. The study team seeks to better understand and stop ongoing neurological damage as well.
Call to Action: If you have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and you live in or near Michigan you might consider looking into Memorial Hospital in Owosso and Dr. Aburashed’s research.