MS News that Caught My Eye: Epstein-Barr, Gilenya, Medical Marijuana

Epstein-Barr Virus Found in Brain Cells of Many MS Patients, Study Reports

This study is yet another of several over the years that have suggested that there’s some sort of link between the Epstein-Barr virus and multiple sclerosis (MS). (Fatigue and muscle weakness are among the symptoms of EBV). In this case, 90 percent of the MS patients studied had some sign of EBV in their brain cells, versus 24 percent of the patients in the study with other neurological diseases. In 18 percent of the people with MS, the EBV infected cells were “widespread.”

United Arab Emirates scientists have found an active Epstein-Barr virus in many multiple sclerosis patients’ brain cells, supporting the notion that it plays a role in the disease.

The team found it in two types of brain cells — astrocytes and microglia. The virus can be

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