Debbie Purdy (pictured), who is campaigning for change in assisted suicide laws, suffers from multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) has a devastating effect on lives with more than 100,000 sufferers in the UK and two million worldwide. Scotland has the largest number of sufferers per capita and it has been proven that the disease is more prevalent in cold climates and attacks twice as many women as men.
Professor Anat Achiron of Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Medicine has uncovered a way of detecting MS years before the illness hits sufferers. Experts predict that the discovery could lead to early treatment to prevent the disease harming patients.
In this country experts have discovered a link between Vitamin D and MS and research into this connection is ongoing. If the disease can be diagnosed long before any symptoms are evident medics will be able to treat the patient as early as possible to prevent further damage within the nervous system.
This advance in MS research will not assist towards a cure because there is no cure at present for this debilitating illness, but any test that can identify MS very early on in the course of the disease can be nothing but good news.