27 Apr 2018

"The relation between inflammation and neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis brains"


The very last sentence in the summary of this article caught my eye:It further indicates that the disease processes of multiple sclerosis may die out in aged patients with long-standing disease. Hmmm.  What does that mean to us?  My mind is full of "what-ifs" as prompted by that comment.  For instance (please forgive this Faulknerian sentence)...


In old age, the immune system weakens. So they can no longer call the results of an infection an "autoimmune disease"; instead they have to call it a "degenerative disorder" or something. That doesn't mean the infection goes away.