New York Times Magazine “6th Floor” Blog - "A ‘Sham Procedure’ Leads to Disappointing M.S. News" - Paul Tullis
“The question can’t be answered without a sham procedure,” Dr. Aaron Miller, director of clinician affairs at the Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis at The Mount Sinai Hospital, told Paul Tullis in late 2012 when he was researching his article, “The Zamboni Effect,” published October 28 in The New York Times . The “question” was whether there was any truth to the theory put forth by Dr. Paolo Zamboni, an Italian vascular surgeon. Zamboni theorized that M.S. isn’t an immune-mediated process, as neurologists like Miller have believed. This week at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual conference in San Diego, Dr. Robert Zivadinov of the University of Buffalo presented results of the first of several studies comparing outcomes in patients who had the surgical procedure recommended by Zamboni, and the “sham procedure” Miller referred to. His results? The procedure “failed to provide any sustained improvement,” according to Zivadinov and his colleagues.
- Dr. Aaron Miller, Professor, Neurology, Director of Clinical Affairs, Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis, The Mount Sinai Medical Center