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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis and Celiac Disease

2015-05-20 15:22
multiple sclerosis and celiac disease

A recent study suggests there is an association between multiple sclerosis and celiac disease that involves nerve damage. Although on the surface the relationship between these two diseases may not be obvious, closer examination makes it clearer.

It’s well known that MS is associated with damage and destruction of the myelin, a protective sheath for the ner

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Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis

2015-05-17 16:47
acupuncture for multiple sclerosis

Some people turn to acupuncture for multiple sclerosis, but use of this alternative or complementary treatment choice is not well studied. Here’s what a recent review and an additional study have to say about the use of acupuncture for relief of MS symptoms. Please feel free to share your experiences!

The review evaluated 15 studies: five looked at the impact of acupuncture on quality of life; three looked at the effect on

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Uhthoff's Phenomenon in Multiple Sclerosis

2015-05-10 07:42
Uhthoff's phenomenon and multiple sclerosis

One of the first signs of multiple sclerosis is Uhthoff’s phenomenon, episodes of blurry or dimmed vision associated with a rise in body temperature. Why does this happen and what can you do about it?

Sensitivity to heat affects up to 80 percent of people who have multiple sclerosis.

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Medicinal Mushrooms for Multiple Sclerosis

2015-05-04 15:47
medicinal mushrooms for multiple sclerosis

Medicinal mushrooms have a long history of use in Asia and are quickly gaining acceptance elsewhere for a variety of health challenges, including cancer and enhancing immune function. Thus far research concerning their use for multiple sclerosis in particular has been limited, but at least two medicinal mushrooms have shown some promise.

Lion’s mane mushroom

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Optic Neuritis and Multiple Sclerosis, What You Should Know

2015-04-30 17:52
optic neuritis and multiple sclerosis

Optic neuritis is a presenting condition in 20 percent of people who have multiple sclerosis. In fact, optic neuritis occurs in half of all individuals with MS at some time during their lives, so it’s important to understand this vision challenge.

Optic neuritis (also called demyelinating optic neuritis) is inflammatory demyelination of the optic nerve.

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Antiseizure Drug Helps Optic Neuritis in Multiple Sclerosis

2015-04-23 10:11
antiseizure drug helps optic neuritis in multiple sclerosis

The relationship between seizures, optic neuritis, and multiple sclerosis may seem difficult to fathom, but the results of a new study shed some light on the subject. It appears that the common antiseizure drug called phenytoin has the ability to help prevent the development of acute optic neuritis, an eye condition frequently seen in people who have multiple sclerosis.

Acute optic neuritis involves inflammation of the nerve that transports messages concerning visual stimulation from the eye to the brain.

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Multiple Sclerosis Model Responds to Topical Skin Drugs

2015-04-21 15:29
topical drugs for multiple sclerosis

Two topical skin drugs that are already approved for dermatology purposes could be beneficial for people with multiple sclerosis. The finding comes from a research team at Case Western Reserve.

The investigators made their discovery as they evaluated 727 previously known drugs to see which ones might have the ability to “catalyze the body’s own stem cells to replace the cells lost in mult

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Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Responds to Biotin

2015-04-19 10:19
progressive multiple sclerosis responds to biotin

High doses of biotin, which is also known as vitamin H, were associated with improvements in disability among patients with progressive multiple sclerosis. The results of this latest study, which follows on the heels of another research endeavor concerning biotin for multiple sclerosis, will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting on April 24, 2015.

The phase III placebo-controlled trial involved 154 patients with progressive multiple sclerosis who were given either 300 mg per day of biotin (as the drug MD1003) or placebo for 48 weeks.

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Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy Trial for Multiple Sclerosis

2015-04-16 14:41
mesenchymal stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis

The first Canadian clinical trial to explore mesenchymal stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis is now underway with the help of a $4.2 million grant. This groundbreaking effort is under the direction of Mark S. Freedman, MD, of the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital.

Mesenchymal stem cell therapy is one of two types of stem cell therapy that has been under investigation for treatment of multiple sclerosis.

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Should You Take Fish Oil for Multiple Sclerosis?

2015-04-13 12:08
fish oil for multiple sclerosis

Considerable research revolves around the use of fish oil for a number of health challenges. What have researchers discovered about taking fish oil for multiple sclerosis?

Fish oil is a rich source of two important omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

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