Antihistamine Sparks Hope for Myelin Repair in Multiple Sclerosis

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Summary: A new study paves the way for potential treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) by identifying the OTC antihistamine, clemastine, as an effective drug for brain repair. Utilizing a newly-developed MRI scan technique, scientists were able to observe and measure the impact of clemastine on brain myelin levels.

The study offers the first documented example of brain repair for a chronic neurological condition through MRI. These results are expected to set a standard for future research into myelin-rebuilding therapies.

Key Facts:

  1. Clemastine, an over-the-counter antihistamine, has been identified as a potential therapy for MS, with observed increases in myelin water fraction indicating myelin repair.
  2. A unique MRI technique was used to measure changes in myelin levels before and after the drug was administered, setting a new standard for tracking myelin recovery.
  3. Beyond its potential impact on MS, clemastine is also being considered for use in treating brain injury in premature infants, who often experience myelin damage.

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