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Multiple Sclerosis

Fasting Diet Effective for Multiple Sclerosis?

2016-05-29 09:18

Study results from both human and animal research indicate that a fasting diet could be effective for treating multiple sclerosis. The latest research, from the University of Southern California, showed that the fasting diet (aka, fasting-mimicking diet, FMD) reversed symptoms of multiple sclerosis in some animals and reduced them in others while improving symptoms in patients.

One critical component of the fasting type diet is the production of a substance called corticosterone.

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Adolescent Obesity Could Be A Risk Factor for Multiple Sclerosis

2016-04-14 13:43

The findings of a systematic review indicate that adolescent obesity could be a risk factor for multiple sclerosis. If future research supports this idea, it “would be of major significance,” according to experts at the University of British Columbia, especially given the rising number of children and adolescents who are overweight or obese.

Scientists around the world have been searching for the causes and risk factors for multiple scleros

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Taste Problems and Multiple Sclerosis

2016-02-12 11:36

The number of people with multiple sclerosis who experience taste problems (aka, taste deficits) is unclear, although some experts believe it ranges from 5 to 20 percent of individuals with MS. A new study from a team at the University of Pennsylvania’s Smell and Taste Center decided to explore this issue further.

Our sense of taste is closely associated with our sense of smell (olfactory).

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Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis

2016-02-06 13:14

Some people with multiple sclerosis decide to avoid yoga because they believe they won’t be able to do the poses or may feel embarrassed if they can’t keep up with others in the class. However, fortunately there is adaptive yoga for multiple sclerosis, which can make this beneficial form of exercise available to just about anyone.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society explains that yoga can help individuals who have multiple sclerosis “as long as they find the appropriate class, teacher or video.” In recent years, a growin

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Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Study Needs Volunteers

2016-02-04 14:37

Researchers are looking for volunteers for a new multiple sclerosis genetics study. The two populations of individuals needed are African Americans with multiple sclerosis, and their family members, as well as individuals of Northern European descent with MS.

Although the study is being conducted by researchers at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF), participants can live anywhere in the United States and no travel or cost is involved.

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Stem Cell Transplantation May Help Some Multiple Sclerosis Patients

2016-01-29 09:01

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, which is commonly used for patients with blood and bone marrow cancers, has been the focus of several studies for people who have multiple sclerosis. Now a new report from an Australian team offers some insight into this treatment approach, including which MS patients seem to be the most likely to benefit from it.

Hematopoietic (meaning “formation of blood or blood cells”) stem cell transplantation for multiple sclerosis is a tech

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Would You Try Marijuana Gum For Multiple Sclerosis?

2016-01-21 12:18

If upcoming study results are positive, people with multiple sclerosis may have a marijuana gum available for treatment of symptoms by 2017. The gum is made by AXIM Biotechnology, Inc. and is called MedChew Rx.

The marijuana gum has been tested for treatment of pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, and the

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Role of Processed Foods and Food Additives in Multiple Sclerosis

2016-01-13 09:36

A new study suggests that commonly used food additives in processed foods could play a significant role in the development of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions. The study was conducted by experts from Israel and Germany and appears in Autoimmunity Reviews.

According to the authors of the study, food additives compromise the epithelial barrier by damaging the tight junctions that provide protection for the intestinal mucosa, which functions to protect

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Higher than usual vitamin D could benefit MS patients

2015-12-31 12:48

Vitamin D deficiency has long been linked to a person's chances of developing multiple sclerosis. Researchers recently tested 40 people with MS given higher than normal doses of vitamin D to see what effect the hormone had on T cells related to MS activity. They discovered vitamin D could help decrease MS activity.

The researchers may have uncovered an inexpensive and well tolerated option to help patients with MS.

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Smell Disorders in Multiple Sclerosis

2015-12-21 10:54

Smell disorders (aka olfactory dysfunction) affect a significant number of people who have multiple sclerosis. A new study explains that olfactory dysfunction impacts the quality of life of MS patients and that a better understanding of this challenge could result in improved disease management.

A team at the Pennsylvania State University-Milton S.

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