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European Court of Justice ruling on vaccines – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 22nd, 2017.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that national courts can decide that vaccines can cause adverse reactions, even in the absence of scientific evidence. The ruling follows a case of a French patient who was vaccinated against hepatitis B in 1998 and developed multiple sclerosis a year later. Prior to his death in 2011, […]

Multiple sclerosis research finds new hope in old drugs

John Kerr posted in on July 11th, 2013.

University of Victoria Immunologist (and Science Media SAVVY alumnus) Dr Laura Greene, features in this TVNZ news segment highlighting how some old drugs might be finding a new use in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Click here to watch the clip.

Multiple sclerosis genome study offers treatment clues

John Kerr posted in on August 12th, 2011.

A large international study has identified many new genetic variations linked to multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, which included New Zealand researchers and patients, provides new clues to the mechanisms underlying this complex neurodegenerative disorder.  The findings of the study, undertaken by the  International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium, were published in Nature this week. In […]

RadioNZ: Vitamin D no panacea – UK study

Peter Griffin posted in on December 20th, 2010.

A UK study has found that, while vitamin D is essential for good bone health, there is no evidence for for claims of some of its other benefits, including combating heart disease and cancer. Vitamin D is made by the body when skin is exposed to UV, and can also be found in some forms […]

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