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Reported December 11, 2013

Impact of Vitamin D on MS

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Vitamin D may block harmful immune cells associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) from travelling to the brain, according to research from Johns Hopkins.

Researchers injected mice with a rodent form of MS and high levels of vitamin D.  They found mice had high levels of the damage-causing cells, called T cells, in their bloodstream, but very low levels in their brain or spinal cord. Studies of the human MS response to vitamin D are underway.

"With this research, we learned vitamin D might be working not by altering the function of damaging immune cells but by preventing their journey into the brain," study leader Anne R. Gocke, Ph.D., was quoted as saying. "If we are right, and we can exploit Mother Nature's natural protective mechanism, an approach like this could be as effective as and safer than existing drugs that treat MS."

For more information, go to: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/how_sunshine_vitamin_d_may_be_helpful_in_fighting_multiple_sclerosis

SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, December 2013

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