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Multiple Sclerosis

New Multiple Sclerosis Stem Cell Study Shows Improvements

2015-01-26 10:03
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Treatment with a form of stem cell transplantation in individuals with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis has demonstrated improvements in neurological disability, quality of life, and cognitive function. The new study, which appears in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, did not show similar positive results for individuals with secondary progressive MS.

Numerous scientific teams have been exploring the use of stem cell transplantation for multiple sclerosis.

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Study of Vibrating Insoles for Balance in Multiple Sclerosis

2015-01-14 13:09
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Problems with balance and gait are two issues that face individuals who live with multiple sclerosis. Now a new pilot study is hoping to see how they might improve these challenges with the use of vibrating insoles.

Note that this study has just been funded and that it is currently in the enrollment period.

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Immunosuppressive Therapy and Stem Cell Study for Multiple Sclerosis

2014-12-29 17:45
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Investigators have just released the interim results of a five-year study of high-dose immunosuppressive therapy (HDIT) and hematopoietic stem cell therapy in 24 individuals with multiple sclerosis. After three years, most of the participants showed improvements in neurological function and sustained remission of active relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS).

The new JAMA Neurology article reports the findings of the Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (HALT-MS) study.

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MS Drug Gilenya May Increase Risk of Lymphopenia

2014-12-27 13:18
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Studies in Sweden and Germany indicate that underweight women with multiple sclerosis who take the MS drug Gilenya (fingolimod) seem to be at increased risk for lymphopenia. The drug also poses a risk for patients who have low lymphocyte levels before they start drug treatment.

Lymphopenia (also known as lymphocytopenia) is a condition in which a person has a deficiency (penia) of lymphocytes, which are a subset of white blood cells (leukocytes).

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Video Games and Multiple Sclerosis, More Than Fun?

2014-12-17 08:06
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Playing video games can be more than fun; it can be a therapeutic experience for people who live with multiple sclerosis. Several studies have explored the value of video games for managing multiple sclerosis symptoms, and more research is in the works. What’s the scoop?

Recently it was announced that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has given a grant (NMSS Pilot Research Grant) to a research team at Ohio State University to develop and test a video game for

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Value of Vitamin B12 for Multiple Sclerosis

2014-12-11 06:55
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Vitamin B12 deficiency is a problem frequently associated with the elderly, a form of anemia, Crohn’s disease, and vegans. Another group that should be conscious of the value of vitamin B12 are those who live with multiple sclerosis.

People with multiple sclerosis are more likely to have a deficiency of vitamin B12 (cobalamin) than are individuals without this disease.

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Neuromyelitis Optica and Multiple Sclerosis

2014-12-04 07:32
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When clinicians are considering a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, one of the other diseases that may be on their radar is neuromyelitis optica. That’s because neuromyelitis optica and multiple sclerosis share some critical characteristics.

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is about one hundred times less common than multiple sclerosis, with an estimated 4,000 individuals having the diagnosis in the United States, according to the National M

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Multiple Sclerosis, Cow's Milk and Dairy

2014-11-26 09:38
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Some people insist there is a relationship between multiple sclerosis and cow’s milk while others say such an association is nonsense. The following information may or may not change your mind, regardless of which side of the aisle you are on. However, it is information you may want to consider in your management of MS.

One of the first large studies of an association between multiple sclerosis and cow’s milk was published in 1992.

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New Discovery about Myelin Could Impact Multiple Sclerosis

2014-11-19 07:50
Myelin and multiple sclerosis

Researchers have made a new discovery about myelin that could have a significant impact on how multiple sclerosis is viewed and treated. The finding concerns cells called oligodendrocytes, which have a crucial role in nervous system functioning.

Lab animals are traditionally used in research aimed at understanding the intricacies of human health and disease.

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Would You Take Lemtrada for Multiple Sclerosis?

2014-11-16 07:58
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) for treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Based on the information released about the drug thus far, would you take this medication?

Lemtrada had a rocky road on the way to approval for multiple sclerosis.

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