image credit:

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative autoimmune disorder, that occurs when the immune system attacks the myelin around nerve cells. Two different recent studies may have found a link between the microbial biome in the gut and the progression of MS. The studies, conducted by University of California San Diego and the Max Planck Institute in Germany, found differences in the gut bacteria of patients with MS and patients without. These different strains triggered cells to be pro-inflammatory. Learn More Here.

Cekanaviciutea, Egle, et al. “Gut bacteria from multiple sclerosis patients modulate human T cells and exacerbate symptoms in mouse models.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy Sciences.