The research community is already aware that we don't all respond equally to interferons or to glatiramer acetate. These conflicting studies might be a reflection of that.
There is a recent study published in the July 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine about the discovery of a particular kind of antibody found in the blood of MS patients that are not present in other autoimmune diseases, the significance of which is that it might help to identify what kinds of drugs will benefit us via a blood test during the diagnostic phase. Getting the right treatment early in the disease process might help us delay having to use a walking aid.
I agree that the antibody study is more significant and builds on the genetic studies that are identifying biomarkers for MS.
The overall significance of these is that they will help move treatment trends from a once-size-fits-all therapy to individualized treatment, one that delivers a "molecular cocktail" designed especially for that patient.
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