Multiple Sclerosis and Cooler Temperatures

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Multiple Sclerosis and Cooler Temperatures

Post by boostar » Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:29 am

Hi all,

I have a question to do in biology that is really confusing me, and it asks:
"how do you think decreasing body temperature would affect patients with multiple sclerosis? "

I have written so far:
"Decreasing body temperature would help decrease the severity of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, helping the patient to function more normally. "
However, I am unable to explain why this would occur. I know that it has something to do with the action potential. What I was told was that the easiest way to think of it is to think of an action potential as a wave of light - by decreasing the temperature, you are also decreasing the 'wavelength; of the action potential, and therefore the action potential doesn't 'bounce of the axon as much' therefore not losing as much energy. My tutor said however, that this was only part of the answer. Would anyone be able to help me understand how decreasing body temperature helps alleviate symptons for MS suffers?

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