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Natural, Soy-Based Substance Might Help Fight MS, Jefferson Medical College Neuroscientists Find



12/12/2006 1:36:54 AM

(PHILADELPHIA) -- A natural substance made from soy appears to have amazing restorative powers when given to animals with a multiple sclerosis (MS)-like disease. Using an animal model of MS, neurologists at Jefferson Medical College found that giving doses of a substance called Bowmann-Birk Inhibitor Concentrate (BBIC) dramatically improved the animals’ ability to move and walk. The scientists, led by A. M. Rostami, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia, say the treatment’s effects may be useful in conjunction with more mainstream therapies such as beta-interferon in helping patients with MS. They report their findings December 12, 2006 in the journal Multiple Sclerosis.

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