MS: Should Canada fund 'liberation therapy' trials?
- September 1, 2010 2:07 PM |
- By POV
By CBC News
The Canadian government will not fund a clinical trial of the so-called liberation therapy for multiple sclerosis at this time, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq says.
Aglukkaq spoke to reporters in Ottawa on Wednesday, a day after a panel of North American experts announced they unanimously recommended against supporting a clinical trial of the treatment in Canada as yet.
Liberation therapy is based on the unproven theory of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) -- put forward by Italian doctor Paolo Zamboni -- that constricted veins in the neck or spine are to blame for MS. Zamboni proposes treating multiple sclerosis by inflating small balloons to open up the veins.
Some Canadians are spending thousands of dollars to seek the experimental treatment overseas.
Should the federal government fund "liberation therapy trials" for MS patients? Why or why not? (This poll is not scientific. It is based on readers' responses.)
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