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Multiple Sclerosis

Is the Diagnosis Lupus or Multiple Sclerosis?

2014-10-30 09:08
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I recently spoke with a woman who had been diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), but several months later she was told her diagnosis was multiple sclerosis instead. How could the doctors get it wrong, she wanted to know?

Fortunately, she spoke with a physician who took the time to explain how it can be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis during the early stages of the disease.

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Diet and Multiple Sclerosis, What's the Story?

2014-10-28 06:46
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Discussions regarding diet and multiple sclerosis often leave individuals with more questions than answers, a situation that is not helpful for those who live with this debilitating disease day after day.

Food and diet are the foundation of everyone’s health, and individuals with MS are no exception.

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Is It Multiple Sclerosis or Transverse Myelitis?

2014-10-21 19:12
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Diagnosing multiple sclerosis is a challenge for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the fact there are no definitive tests for the disease. It also doesn’t help that experts have not yet identified its exact cause(s), although they are entertaining and researching a number of possibilities.

One of the possibilities when diagnosing multiple sclerosis is transverse myelitis, a disease Deanna Kirkpatrick, administrator of the Facebook page MultipleSclerosis Unplugged, was diagno

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Misdiagnosing Multiple Sclerosis

2014-10-18 19:18
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Misdiagnosing multiple sclerosis is a significant problem, and one that many people can appreciate, including those with the disease or those who are living with the uncertainty of what they really have. In a series of upcoming articles, I will explore some of the challenges associated with getting an accurate diagnosis of the disease and differentiating it from others (“cousins”) with similar symptoms and signs.

For now, however, a research team at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center has named at least one reason multiple sclerosis is misd

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Should You Dive into Aquatic Exercise for Multiple Sclerosis

2014-10-15 06:55
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Exercise can help with management of multiple sclerosis symptoms, but physical activity is often a challenge for people who live with this disease. Aquatic exercise, or exercise in the water, is an option that could be just what the doctor ordered.

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Low Dose Naltrexone for Multiple Sclerosis, What Happened?

2014-10-12 07:06
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Several years ago, a few studies reported promising results using low dose naltrexone for multiple sclerosis. Yet since that time, follow-up or new studies are virtually nonexistent, even though there have been some promising results and positive anecdotal reports from patients. What happened?

High doses of naltrexone are typically used to reverse the effects of heroin and other opiates.

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Understanding Myelin in Multiple Sclerosis

2014-10-07 06:11
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A better understanding of myelin and how it works (or doesn’t work) can be helpful when reading about research and studies of MS and the potential impact they may have on the disease. That’s one reason why a new report about myelin from a team of scientists at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is of interest.

For people who have multiple sclerosis, the word myelin is a familiar term.

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How to Fix Myelin in Multiple Sclerosis

2014-10-02 23:16
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Scientists may have found a way to fix myelin in multiple sclerosis patients. The potential new treatment, which is still in the early stages, involves the use of cultured human cells from the placenta.

Results of a new study, which covered innovative territory, revealed that use of cultured cells from the human placenta may have the ability to repair the protective covering on nerve cells called

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Vaccine for Multiple Sclerosis in the Works

2014-09-29 16:29
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A vaccine for multiple sclerosis is in the working stages right now at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research. While this research is not the only effort being undertaken to find a way to prevent MS, it does entail a unique approach.

The new research for a vaccine for multiple sclerosis differs from other treatment methods for the disease because it is designed to use the individual’s own immune system to fight off the attack.

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Uveitis in Multiple Sclerosis, What To Do

2014-09-26 06:18
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Uveitis is an infrequent but serious eye problem that can develop in individuals who have multiple sclerosis. What should you know about uveitis and what steps can you take to manage it?

The occurrence of uveitis in multiple sclerosis patients is about ten times that seen in the general population.

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