Smoldering Brain Spots and MS (image) NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Share Print E-Mail Caption NIH researchers found that dark rimmed spots representing ongoing, "smoldering" inflammation, may be a hallmark of more disabling forms of multiple sclerosis. Credit Reich lab, NIH/NINDS Usage Restrictions For educational purposes only. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.