Due to its safety profile, the FDA recommends that it only be prescribed to patients who have had an inadequate response to two or more other MS treatments.

Modified story memory technique

MS affects cognitive function as well. It can negatively affect memory, concentration, and executive functions like organization and planning.

Researchers from the Kessler Foundation Research Center found that a modified story memory technique (mSMT) can be effective for people who experience cognitive effects from MS. Learning and memory areas of the brain showed more activation in MRI scans after mSMT sessions. This promising treatment method helps people retain new memories. It also helps people recall older information by using a story-based association between imagery and context. Modified story memory technique might help someone with MS remember various items on a shopping list, for example.

Myelin peptides

Myelin becomes irreversibly damaged in people with MS. Preliminary testing reported in JAMA Neurology suggests that a possible new therapy holds promise. One small group of subjects received myelin peptides (protein fragments) through a patch worn on their skin over a one-year period. Another small group received a placebo. People who received the myelin peptides experienced significantly fewer lesions and relapses than people who received the placebo. Patients tolerated the treatment well, and there were no serious adverse events.

The Future of MS Treatments

Effective MS treatments vary from person to person. What works well for one person won’t necessarily work for another. The medical community continues to learn more about the disease and how to best treat it. Research combined with trial and error are key to finding a cure.