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Posted 03 Mar 2017

Researchers have labelled as ‘stunning’ a discovery of a new blood test which offers quicker and more accurate diagnoses of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and the opportunity for more targeted treatments.

There are four types of MS.  The test reveals which kind of MS a patient has, which in turn will allow clinicians to deliver tailored treatment effectively at an earlier phase.  This is critical because patients may suffer less damage to their central nervous systems, which causes mobility and vision impairment, among other debilitating symptoms.

The study was published in Nature: scientific reports as the culmination of work by a research team from Macquarie University.

There are over 23,000 Australians living with MS.  As a proud subsidiary of Multiple Sclerosis Limited, Australian Home Care Services (AHCS) supports the thousands of Australians living with this chronic disease and the drive for a cure.

To read more about this research, visit http://www.msra.org.au/world-first-blood-test-aide-prognosis-and-treatment-ms