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Health Alert: MS Vaccine Prevention

Updated: Wednesday, December 4 2013, 10:49 PM EST
MONTGOMERY, Ohio (Liz Bonis) -- A study released in the Journal Neurology has some promising results in stopping multiple sclerosis or MS.

Medical reporter Liz Bonis tells us about it in Wednesday's Health Alert.

This study looks at a way to prevent MS in a way we've not had before.  It uses a vaccine that typically protects you against tuberculosis.

Local 12 stopped out at the medical offices of TriHealth Wednesday to tell you more about this research.  The vaccine appears to do this by fiddling with the immune system which may sort of shunt the immune system away from producing damage in MS.

Researchers in Rome that conducted this study used the vaccine called Bacille Calmette Guerin or BCG. They split 73 people at risk for MS into to two groups, gave 33 of them the vaccine and results after six months showed fewer brain lesions which are signs of MS.

By the end of the study 56 percent of those vaccinated did not develop MS compared to 30 percent of those that did not get the vaccine.

They did say that there were no side effects of the vaccine, and that this would be a very low cost way of perhaps preventing this disease.  Not in everyone, but in some people at risk for this disease.Health Alert: MS Vaccine Prevention

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