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Below are some carefully selected links which you may find useful. If you are aware of other links that you feel would be useful here please contact us with the URL and a brief explanation about the site.

Getting tested for HHV-6 and EBV

Wisconsin Viral Research Group - The Wisconsin Viral Research Group offers Nested PCR for detection of HHV-6, EBV and HTLV-2 and we consider it the most reliable and sensitive test currently available.

Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6)

The Wisconsin Viral Research Group - The website of the Wisconsin Viral Research Group (WVRG) is the website of Drs. Konstance Knox and Donald Carrigan, whose trailblazing research brought the role of human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) in MS to worldwide attention. WVRG has both diagnostic and research laboratories and their research provides important insights into pathogens and their role in disease. WVRG's dedicated work on the role of human herpesvirus 6 in MS provides much needed data on the pathogenesis of MS and we feel it answers much of what we call the MS Puzzle.

MS Research Links

MS Diagnosis criteria - The following area of our website has information on MS diagnosis including the Mc Donald criteria for diagnosing multiple sclerosis and a very good paper on diagnosis.

Harvard School of Public Health - The Harvard School of Public Health researches what causes us to get MS. Through careful study of patient samples, often taken before the onset of clinical disease, HSPH scientists study those crucial factors which may contribute to the development of multiple sclerosis. Their recent published studies include research into the effect of smoking on development and progression of MS; how vitamin D (found in sunlight) exposure may affect risk of MS developing; and the role of Epstein-Barr virus in the pathogenesis of MS.

Accelerated Cure Project - The Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis is a national nonprofit dedicated to curing MS by determining its causes. Founded in 2001, it began as the Boston Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis and started formally branching out nationally in 2005 under the umbrella name Accelerated Cure Project for MS, with the Boston Cure Project as the national headquarters and New England affiliate.

Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California - There is interesting research here with a focus on both the role of cytotoxic T lymphocytes in the acute and chronic forms of viral-induced CNS demyelination and the molecular mechanisms of viral assembly with the goal of understanding viral persistence in the CNS associated with chronic viral-induced demyelination.

Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, Department of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia - The focus of this research is the pathology of myelin and formation and evolution of the MS lesion.

ReceptoPharm - Engaged in research and development of treatments for MS and viral illnesses, with particular focus on the use of cobratoxin.

MS Research Publications

Pathology of the Newly Forming Lesion - A study detailing the evolution of the multiple sclerosis lesion.

Hit-Hit and Hit-Run: Viruses in the Playing Field of Multiple Sclerosis - Paper reviewing the role of viruses in MS and the hit-hit and hit-run theory

Prospective Study of HHV-6 in multiple sclerosis - A study detecting active human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) infections in multiple sclerosis patients and particularly patients in relapse.

Temporal relationship between EBV titers and neuro onset - A study which found a temporal relationship between EBV titers and onset of MS symptoms.

Progress in deciphering the genetics of multiple sclerosis - A good overview of research into the genetics of multiple sclerosis

Cigarette smoking and the progression of MS - We all know smoking is unhealthy. This study links smoking and progression of multiple sclerosis. Even more reason to quit the habit.

Molecular mechanisms of axonal damage in CNS diseases - Current research describes axonal damage in multiple sclerosis and some studies suggest axonal damage may contribute to permanent disability. This review details mechanisms of axonal damage.

The Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Infection - A paper on the role of infection in the Antiphospholipid Syndrome. Interestingly, some patients with MS have antiphospholipid (aPL) antibodies. It is worthwhile getting tested for those antibodies and also for hypercoagulation (sticky blood).

Oxidative Damage in MS Lesions - Excellent paper by Lassmann et al from Vienna. We all know the dangers of oxidative damage and the benefits of anti-oxidants.

EBV in the MS Brain - The controversy about the presense of EBV in the MS brain continues.

Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis rosea support - Experience.patient.co.uk has a very good patient support site where people with PR can share their spotty experiences. The site is recommended by the BBC and offers a lot of patient stories.

Dermatlas at JHMI - There is growing evidence that Pityriasis Rosea is caused by HHV-6/HHV-7 or a combination of both beta herpesviruses. The dermatlas at JHMI is the best dermatological online database we can find. There are thousands of images of different skin disorders.

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