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Nov 26th 2009
This is just .... wow. A lit glurgy for Whitechapel but still:
Paolo Zamboni is an Italian surgeon.
When his wife developed Multiple Sclerosis, he decided to find a cure.
He knew he couldn't match the work being done by the large established research teams so he combed the literature looking for a new approach.
In very early papers on the disease he found hints that it might be linked to excessive iron building up in the brain - which was right up his street because he'd previously worked on treating a condition where iron accumulated in the legs and caused nerve damage.
So the MRIs' his wife, finds a blocked vein in her brain, gets permission to treat it with a simple catheterisation procedure - and three years later she's still completely asymptomatic.
So are almost 3/4s of the people in the first controlled test of the treatment.
Just an amazing piece of good news.
Until next week when he's caught doing horrible things to puppies with dismembered corpses.
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