John Guandolo, who authored the book Raising a Jihadi Generation, serves as the founder of the threat management consultancy UnderstandingTheThreat.com. Along with his professional interests, John Guandolo supports a variety of organizations, such as the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.
The National MS Society recently released the results of a study on the link between melatonin and relapse rates in MS. In the study, researchers in Boston and Buenos Aires found that melatonin levels were greater in the winter and fall, correlating with decreased relapse rates in individuals with MS. The researchers also found that melatonin, an “internal-clock hormone,” decreased symptoms of a disease similar to MS in mice. The study contradicts previous research that linked lower levels of sunlight-related vitamin D to increased relapse rates.
According to the National MS Society, the research indicates that other factors besides exposure to sunlight could influence the seasonal differences in MS disease occurrence. More research on melatonin is needed, but the research sheds light on the factors that impact MS immune responses—and that information helps drive better treatments.
The study was co-sponsored by the International Progressive MS Alliance, the National MS Society, and other agencies.