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MS blood pressure drug hope

12th November 2007

Researchers working at Oxford University say that amiloride, a drug used in the treatment of high blood pressure, could be used to treat multiple sclerosis patients.

In tests, the drug was found to lessen the degeneration of nerve tissue in mice and scientists plan to run a trial for MS sufferers. Amiloride stops high levels of calcium building up in nerve cells, which can cause nerve damage.

Professor Lars Fugger, the team's head, said: "It was known that calcium is not good for nerve cells but it's not been appreciated how simple it is to block it."

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