The Manitoba Government has allocated $500,000 for possible future trials of the “liberation” treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (“MS”). The treatment, developed by Italian doctor Paolo Zamboni, is intended to relieve a narrow-vein condition known as Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI) by unblocking veins with a balloon angioplasty procedure.

The Saskatchewan Government has also pledged it would pay for “liberation” clinical trials if scientific evidence shows the process could significantly help patients. Other provinces like Nova Scotia said it would follow suit. Quebec is also considering funding national trials along with the government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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