Guzzle Coffee, Prevent Multiple Sclerosis?
Mice who consumed equivalent of 6-8 cups a day were protected
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2008 10:44 AM CDT
Doctors don't necessarily recommend downing all that extra coffee in order to prevent MS; but the study results could pave the way for better treatment options in humans.   ((c)
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(Newser) – For preventing the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis, caffeine might be just what the doctor ordered, the Daily Telegraph reports. In a study involving what must have been some very jittery mice, researchers found that the equivalent of 6-8 cups of coffee per day conferred protection from the rodent equivalent of MS. Don't rush off to Starbucks yet, though.

"This is an exciting and unexpected finding, and I think it could be important for the study of MS and other diseases," but "a mouse is not a human being," says the lead researcher. The first step may be an observational study comparing caffeine intake with frequency of MS diagnoses. So far, few mouse-MS results have translated to humans.