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Multiple Sclerosis

Statins for Multiple Sclerosis

2015-03-30 17:59
statins for multiple sclerosis

A new meta-analysis and review of statins for multiple sclerosis has just been published, and it seemed like a good opportunity to take a look at what scientists say about statins for MS. It also would be enlightening to hear from people with multiple sclerosis concerning their experiences and opinions about using these drugs.

Statins (e.g., atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, simvastatin) are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lowering cholesterol levels.

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Curcumin and Multiple Sclerosis

2015-03-23 07:59
curcumin and multiple sclerosis

About five years ago I interviewed a young woman (let’s call her Rose) with multiple sclerosis who was managing the disease with natural remedies. One of those remedies was curcumin, a compound present in the curry spice called turmeric.

Back then, there was little in the way of scientific evidence to support the use of curcumin for treatment of multiple sclerosis.

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Blood Pressure Drug Saves Myelin in Multiple Sclerosis

2015-03-15 09:53
blood pressure drug saves myelin in multiple sclerosis

A new study showed that a drug used to treat high blood pressure prevented the loss of myelin in multiple sclerosis animal models. The blood pressure drug, called guanabenz (Wytensin), also reduced clinical symptoms of the disease.

Guanabenz is an alpha-2 adrenergic agonist that works by controlling how nerve signals move along certain pathways.

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Overactive Bladder Drug May Restore Myelin in Multiple Sclerosis

2015-03-10 10:32
restore myelin in multiple sclerosis

It appears that a drug currently on the market to treat overactive bladder may help restore myelin in patients with multiple sclerosis. More specifically, the drug promotes remyelination, a natural process that fails to progress properly in people who have MS.

Damage to the protective covering (myelin) surrounding the nerves is called demyelination.

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Multiple Sclerosis Patients Want Full Disclosure

2015-03-05 10:57
multiple sclerosis patients want full disclosure

Individuals with multiple sclerosis want to know what’s going on behind closed doors concerning drug research for this disease. A new study shows that MS patients want full disclosure concerning the financial relationship between the doctors and the drug companies in pharmaceutical industry-sponsored clinical trials (ISCTs) before they will agree to participate in such research.

Andrew Solomon, MD, a neurologist and MS specialist at the University of Vermont, and his colleagues from several other universities and medical centers, recently reported their findings in the Mul

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Role of Coffee in Multiple Sclerosis

2015-03-04 09:03
role of coffee in multiple sclerosis

The role of coffee in multiple sclerosis can be viewed from two perspectives: its ability to prevent or decrease risk of the disease and its impact on individuals who already have MS. Since a new study has addressed the former scenario, it seems like a good time to look at the effect of coffee on both sides of the question.

Coffee and MS prevention

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Multiple Sclerosis Falling Studies Seek Participants

2015-03-02 15:13
multiple sclerosis falling studies

Individuals with multiple sclerosis who live within a reasonable radius of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign may be eligible for one of two studies about falling. Even though falling is a major concern for people with multiple sclerosis, few studies have targeted fall prevention, especially involving home exercise.

Research involving fall prevention for MS patients is important because of the high risk of injury.

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Multiple Sclerosis

2015-02-27 08:56
anti-inflammatory diet for multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that involves inflammation, so it seems logical to pursue treatments that reduce it. Why not try an anti-inflammatory diet?

In multiple sclerosis, the myelin sheath, which is the fatty protective covering on the nerves, becomes inflamed

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5 Nutrients Low in Women with Multiple Sclerosis

2015-02-23 09:09
5 nutrients low in women with multiple sclerosis

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that women with multiple sclerosis have a lower intake of five nutrients when compared with their healthy peers. These five antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients may play an important role in the disease, so what should women do?

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