Cognitive rehabilitation 'can help MS sufferers'

22 February 2012

New research has suggested that cognitive rehabilitation can help to improve the wellbeing of people suffering from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS).

Known to affect the spinal cord and the brain, MS has been deemed a nervous system disease and can cause significant damage to the body's myelin sheath - a protective material of nerve cells.

However, researchers at Italy's Neuroimaging Research Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Scientific Institute San Raffaele believe they have found a way of treating such a condition.

According to the research, which has been published in the journal Radiology, cognitive rehabilitation has been found to change brain function and cognitive performance of those with MS.

Massimo Filippi, the lead author of the study, pointed out: "These results prompt the use of specific computer-based rehabilitation programs to treat deficits in selected neuropsychological domains in patients with relapsing-remitting MS."

According to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, around 100,000 people in the UK alone suffer from MS, with the condition typically diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 years old.

Posted by Philip Briggs

Filippi, Massimo et al. 'Multiple Sclerosis: Effects of Cognitive Rehabilitation on Structural and Functional MR Imaging Measures—An Explorative Study'. Radiology. Wednesday February 22nd.

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