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MS treatment a step closer after drug shown to repair nerve coating

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Side-effects of bexarotene rule out use, but trial suggests other drugs may halt multiple sclerosis

Doctors believe they are closer to a treatment for multiple sclerosis after discovering a drug that repairs the coatings around nerves that are damaged by the disease.

A clinical trial of the cancer drug bexarotene showed that it repaired the protective myelin sheaths that MS destroys. The loss of myelin causes a range of neurological problems including balance, vision and muscle disorders, and ultimately, disability.

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