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Treating MS

There is no cure for multiple sclerosis (MS) at present. Drugs are used to 'damp down' the immune response during an acute attack, but these do not halt the disease. New drugs (such as interferon beta) appear to reduce the number of attacks. Many of the symptoms of MS improve temporarily with drug treatment and lifestyle changes, but it is not possible to stop the progression of the disease.

New drugs such as interferon beta appear to reduce the number of attacks in multiple sclerosis.
New drugs such as interferon beta appear to reduce the number of attacks in multiple sclerosis.
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