MS stress link

The intervention group participated in 16 stress management sessions over 24 weeks, learning strategies to evaluate potential threats, as well as relaxation and meditation techniques to cope with stress.

MRI neuroimaging showed the stress management therapy reduced two types of new brain lesions common in multiple sclerosis.

Gadolinium-enhancing brain lesions indicate a breakdown of the blood-brain barrier, allowing the immune system to attack and damage brain cells. During the study, 77% of the control group and 55% of the intervention group developed these.

T2 brain lesions are more permanent, global