BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Western New York has the second-highest rate of MultipleSclerosis in the nation.
The University at Buffalo is now leading the way to a possiblebreakthrough in the battle against MS.
Christine Passmore and Kevin Lipp have been dealing withMultiple Sclerosis in their respective lives for at least adecade.
"At times very frustrating. But, Ism a believer that you keepgoing," said Lipp.
They are finding hope for the future because of a clinical trialin Buffalo. Neurologists at the University at Buffalo are doingresearch that could change the way doctors look at and treatmultiple scleorosis.
Michael Cain, Dean of U.B. School of Medicine said, "It's astudy to prove whether or not patients with multiple sclerosis haveanatomic abnormalities in the veins in the neck that normally drainblood from the head."
Four areas have been identified. The result is a backup of bloodin the brain, leaving abnormal amounts of iron in brain tissue.
"Then goes ahead and further damages brain tissue and neurons,which leads to the clinical manifestation of multiple sclerosis,"Cain said.
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects thecentral nervous system. The impact can be devastating.
"I had problems with vision in my left eye that made no sense,"said Passmore.
Christin's problems started in her 20's. The research willinclude 1,700 MS patients.
Passmore said, "Tests and research studies like this are what'sgoing to bring about the cure."
Researchers are hoping to initially come up with a way toimprove the lives of MS patients by increasing blood flow from thebrain.
Cain said, "There may be a mechanical intervention, may be amechanical intervention that you could do that could open up thoseabnormalities in the brain."
The trial is being conducted in Buffalo.
For more information on the MS Clinical Trial, send an emailto CTEVD@BNAC.net
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