New Research

Written by on January 12th, 2012 –

I am Amanda and this is my blog 🙂

I was recently in the news (no big deal :P), but really I am just using being in this story as an excuse to share some very important info. This story was not about me-well any more then it is about any of you living with MS. If you were diagnosed early in life-especially at Sick Kids-you might want to read this, or maybe you saw the news report already.

Sick Kids recently released some info from this huge study that was conducted and involved sites beyond Sick Kids, but that was led by Sick Kids. 284 eligible children and teens participated, and the point of the study was to try to develop a scoring based on MRI scans to aid in the process of diagnosing a patient earlier-which of course means earlier treatment and also means earlier steps in preventing damage. How do you think they did? Here is an excerpt of what Sick Kids released:

The national prospective incidence cohort study involved 284 eligible children and teens – of which more than half were SickKids patients – between September 2004 and June 2010. More than 1,100 MRI scans were obtained from the participants. Twenty per cent of the children were diagnosed with MS 180 days after presenting with a first attack. Using the new technique, the scientists found those patients whose scans revealed two particular types of lesions, T1-weighted hypointense and T2-weighted periventricular lesions, were more likely to be diagnosed with MS. Patients with the highest risk were the ones who had both types of lesions.

“We show that even at the time of the first attack, MRI scans help identify children with MS,” says Leonard Verhey, Lead Author of the study and a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto and SickKids. “Physicians can then offer treatment designed to reduce the frequency of further attacks.”

Please enjoy the video clip as well as the full report and enjoy the feeling that people are working very hard to help kids diagnosed in the future, and that ultimately a cause will be found (which of course means a cure is hiding just beyond that).

These are the real heroes.

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