Dr Paolo Zamboni discovered that every MS patient he studied had an abnormality in the veins leading from the brain to the heart. The blood therefore left deposits of iron around the myelin sheath in the brain, which caused lesions. The problem with the veins can be treated simply under local anaesthetic and it can prevent MS progression. The MS Society is now funding a big research project on this. Research is currently going on in Italy, America and Poland. Contact the MS Resource Centre for up to date details on where the scans and the treatment can be done and for waiting list times. See www.msrc.co.uk for more details.