Smoldering spots in the brain may signal severe MS

Aided by a high-powered brain scanner and a 3-D printer, NIH researchers peered inside the brains of hundreds of multiple sclerosis patients and found that dark rimmed spots representing ongoing, “smoldering” inflammation, called chronic active lesions, may be a hallmark of more aggressive and disabling forms of the disease. “We…

Stem cell transplant may help some with aggressive MS

(HealthDay)—A stem cell transplant may help some people with multiple sclerosis (MS) when standard drugs fail, a new clinical trial finds. The study focused on 110 patients with aggressive cases of MS: Their symptoms had flared up at least twice in the past year despite taking standard medication, and they’d…