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Treatment for multiple sclerosis resets the immune system

2017-02-19 12:04

Researchers at the Imperial College London are exploring a new treatment for multiple sclerosis that resets the immune system.

A clinical trial funded by the UK MS Society, the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research Centre, and by the European Blood and Marrow Transplant Autoimmune Disease Working P

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Probiotics Offer Benefits in Multiple Sclerosis

2016-09-30 17:52

Results of a new trial suggest that certain probiotics can improve mental health, metabolic function, and disability among individuals with multiple sclerosis. This study is just one of several that has explored the impact of beneficial bacteria on the symptoms and progression of multiple sclerosis.

How do probiotics help with multiple sclerosis?

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How a Plant Based Diet Benefits Multiple Sclerosis

2016-08-18 23:15

Some people are skeptical about how much impact diet has on multiple sclerosis, yet at the same time there’s quite a bit of interest in the topic, especially since making dietary changes is a drug-free way to help manage the disease. Therefore it’s important to consider recently published research showing how a plant based diet benefits multiple sclerosis.

A plant based diet for MS

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Could Avoiding Obesity Reduce Risk of Multiple Sclerosis?

2016-07-01 19:57

Previous research has suggested a link between obesity and an increased risk of multiple sclerosis, but some experts have questioned the validity of those findings because of bias related to study design. Now a new study has clarified the association between obesity and MS risk, using a model shown to significantly minimize bias and establish causality.

Previous studies of obesity and multiple sclerosis

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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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How Vitamin D Repairs Myelin in Multiple Sclerosis

2015-12-10 16:58

An international team of researchers have proposed how vitamin D repairs myelin in multiple sclerosis. This finding could lead to new remyelination treatment options.

Numerous previous studies have discussed how vitamin D supplementation can have a favorable impact on the

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Pomegranate Seed Oil for Multiple Sclerosis

2015-11-30 12:35

The pomegranate is a challenging fruit with a tough rind, and it appears that fighting appearance harbors seeds with potential to battle multiple sclerosis. Researchers have found that pomegranate seed oil contains an extremely strong antioxidant that inhibited demyelination in a mouse model for MS.

Although it’s much too early in the game to stock up on pomegranate seed oil for multiple sclerosis, scientists have uncovered what appears to be a beneficial use for a nano droplet form of pomegra

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Why Biotin May Help Multiple Sclerosis, An Update

2015-11-23 18:20

Previous research has shown that biotin may be a potentially important treatment for progressive multiple sclerosis. In this new review, a team of experts have hypothesized two complementary reasons why this natural approach may work.

Review of results from two earlier studies

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Can Chocolate Make Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue Better?

2015-11-21 09:40

On one level, the question as to whether chocolate can make multiple sclerosis fatigue better seems like a frivolous question. Doesn’t chocolate make lots of things better? Yet on a more serious note, researchers at Oxford Brookes University are planning to take a comprehensive look at the impact of chocolate on fatigue levels among individuals who live with MS.

It’s no secret that chocolate, and specifically dark chocolate, is rich in flavonoids contained in cocoa.

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New Non-Drug Approach to Improve Memory and Balance in Multiple Sclerosis

2015-11-10 13:48

Although it is still in the study stage, investigators have developed and tested a new non-drug, non-invasive device that improved memory and balance in individuals with multiple sclerosis. The new device, called the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS™), delivers neurostimulation through the tongue.

A pilot study of PoNS was conducted by the developer, Helius Medical Technologies, in 14 individuals, seven of whom had active multiple sclerosis and the other seven who served as controls.

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HIV Drugs, Viruses and Multiple Sclerosis

2015-10-31 11:53

Within several days of taking antiretroviral drugs to address possible HIV exposure, a 36-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis was able to get out of her wheelchair and walk again. This case and associated research highlight the question about the possible association between HIV and multiple sclerosis and the role of viral infections in causing this neurodegenerative disease.

Multiple sclerosis affected the hands and feet of Shana Pezaro of East Sussex, UK, a former dancer and piano teacher, resulting in her need to

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Speech Problems and Multiple Sclerosis

2015-10-26 20:39

Speech problems affect approximately 40 percent of people who live with multiple sclerosis. These speech challenges can occur routinely or sporatically and be mild to severe, but regardless of their presentation, it’s helpful for individuals with MS to understand what is happening and what they can do about it.

Trouble with speech in multiple sclerosis is highly individual.

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3 Female Celebrities Help with Multiple Sclerosis Research

2015-10-21 17:50

Several female celebrities have embraced multiple sclerosis as a cause, each for her own reasons. Here’s a look at what three different well-known women have done to help advance knowledge, research, and treatment of multiple sclerosis.

J.K. Rowling

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Generic Antibiotic May Reduce Progression to Multiple Sclerosis

2015-10-12 10:12

Canadian researchers have found that a generic antibiotic may reduce progression to multiple sclerosis after a person’s first demyelinating event. According to Luanne Metz, MD, of the University of Calgary and one of the study’s authors, “It’s a well-tolerated drug that requires no safety monitoring whatsoever.”

The drug is minocycline, a broad-spectrum tetracycline antibiotic that is used to treat acne, pneumonia and other respiratory infections, as well as infections of the skin, urinary, and genital sys

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How Good Cholesterol Affects Lesions in Multiple Sclerosis

2015-10-09 08:28

Previous research has suggested that high cholesterol has a negative impact on the development of lesions in the brain of individuals with multiple sclerosis. Now a scientific team from the University of Buffalo has shed some light on how good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL cholesterol) may live up to its name for individuals who have this disease.

The purpose of the study was to investigate the association between cholesterol and apolipoproteins with blood brain barrier (BBB) permeability and inflammation of the central nervous system after

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Multiple Sclerosis and Whole Body Vibration Treatment

2015-10-06 10:26

Numerous studies, including a new meta-analysis, have explored the use of whole body vibration treatment for people with multiple sclerosis. Does this nondrug, noninvasive approach have a place in an MS treatment plan?

Whole body vibration is a therapeutic approach that has been used for a variety of medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia,

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FDA Approved Autoinjector for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

2015-09-29 10:13

For multiple sclerosis patients who use Betaseron, the interferon beta-1b prescription drug designed to reduce relapses in individuals with relapsing-remitting MS, a new delivery system will be available soon in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Bayer’s BetaConnect, the first electronic autoinjector for treating RRMS.

The BetaConnect, which is already being used in Europe, will be made available in early 2016 exclusively to individuals in the US who take Betaseron.

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Gut Bacteria Role in Multiple Sclerosis Treatment?

2015-09-21 08:24

New research suggests that an imbalance in gut bacteria may play a role not only in the development of multiple sclerosis, but in prevention and treatment of the disease as well. The study was conducted by a team of experts from various institutions in Japan, where the number of people being diagnosed with MS has been growing.

Numerous investigators have been exploring the role of gut bacteria or gut microbiota (formerly called gut flora) in multiple sclerosis.

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Multiple Sclerosis Assistive Devices Can Change Lives

2015-09-17 08:49

Jay Contrastano enjoyed playing golf, but when his multiple sclerosis took a turn for the worse, he thought his golfing days were over. That’s when he was introduced to an assistive device that changed his life for the better,

The degree of disability associated with multiple sclerosis varies considerably among those living with the disease.

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Multiple Sclerosis and Role of Melatonin in Relapse

2015-09-11 12:56

Why symptoms of multiple sclerosis tend to improve in the winter and get worse in the summer has puzzled experts and patients and prompted a number of speculations. Now a team of researchers has offered a new explanation that involves melatonin, which could lead to better treatment opportunities for people with MS.

Over the years, a number of environmental factors have been examined for their role in multiple sclerosis, including how they impact relapse rate.

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How Smoking Affects Multiple Sclerosis Progression

2015-09-08 11:49

It likely comes as no surprise that smoking is not good for people who have multiple sclerosis, but what may be news is how smoking impacts disease progression. A new study from Karolinska Institutet explains the effects of smoking on MS and is believed to be the first one to provide evidence of what happens when MS patients quit smoking, while another recent study also reveals news about smoking and MS prognosis.

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