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Health Plus: New MS treatment available

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The bad news--there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

The good news--new treatments are always on the horizon.

Something neurologist Marc Hines at Covenant Clinic in Waterloo is able to share with his patients.

"So it's basically a medicine called ACTH which is a hormone. It's made by the pituitary and it stimulates the adrenal glands and it also has some direct actions probably in the brain," said Dr. Hines.

400-thousand Americans reportedly have the disease that is chronic and unpredictable.

The autoimmune disorder causes a patient's immune system to attack healthy tissue.

"About 80% of patients with ms will have relapses and then it will get better but unfortunately each relapse leaves them a little worse than they were prior to the relapse," he said.

Drugs are available that can modify or slow down MS progression.

Helping patients manage their lives more comfortably.

If you have MS, you should contact your doctor to see if you're a good candidate for new treatments.

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