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Multiple Sclerosis

Video Games and Multiple Sclerosis, More Than Fun?

2014-12-17 08:06
video games and multiple sclerosis

Playing video games can be more than fun; it can be a therapeutic experience for people who live with multiple sclerosis. Several studies have explored the value of video games for managing multiple sclerosis symptoms, and more research is in the works. What’s the scoop?

Recently it was announced that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has given a grant (NMSS Pilot Research Grant) to a research team at Ohio State University to develop and test a video game for

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Value of Vitamin B12 for Multiple Sclerosis

2014-12-11 06:55
vitamin B12 and multiple sclerosis

Vitamin B12 deficiency is a problem frequently associated with the elderly, a form of anemia, Crohn’s disease, and vegans. Another group that should be conscious of the value of vitamin B12 are those who live with multiple sclerosis.

People with multiple sclerosis are more likely to have a deficiency of vitamin B12 (cobalamin) than are individuals without this disease.

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Neuromyelitis Optica and Multiple Sclerosis

2014-12-04 07:32
neuromyelitis optica and multiple sclerosis

When clinicians are considering a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, one of the other diseases that may be on their radar is neuromyelitis optica. That’s because neuromyelitis optica and multiple sclerosis share some critical characteristics.

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is about one hundred times less common than multiple sclerosis, with an estimated 4,000 individuals having the diagnosis in the United States, according to the National M

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Multiple Sclerosis, Cow's Milk and Dairy

2014-11-26 09:38
multiple sclerosis, cow's milk and dairy

Some people insist there is a relationship between multiple sclerosis and cow’s milk while others say such an association is nonsense. The following information may or may not change your mind, regardless of which side of the aisle you are on. However, it is information you may want to consider in your management of MS.

One of the first large studies of an association between multiple sclerosis and cow’s milk was published in 1992.

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New Discovery about Myelin Could Impact Multiple Sclerosis

2014-11-19 07:50
Myelin and multiple sclerosis

Researchers have made a new discovery about myelin that could have a significant impact on how multiple sclerosis is viewed and treated. The finding concerns cells called oligodendrocytes, which have a crucial role in nervous system functioning.

Lab animals are traditionally used in research aimed at understanding the intricacies of human health and disease.

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Would You Take Lemtrada for Multiple Sclerosis?

2014-11-16 07:58
Lemtrada for multiple sclerosis

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) for treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Based on the information released about the drug thus far, would you take this medication?

Lemtrada had a rocky road on the way to approval for multiple sclerosis.

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Measuring Walking Ability in Multiple Sclerosis

2014-11-12 18:38
measuring walking ability in multiple sclerosis

Current ways of measuring walking ability in multiple sclerosis are not winning any friends among researchers, doctors, and patients alike. That’s one reason why one of the presentations recently given at the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) is of special interest.

Improved ways of measuring disability and function in people who have MS could lead to more effective treatments and thus better quality of life.

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Obesity clearly linked to Crohn's and other autoimmune diseases

2014-11-10 12:46
Obesity the newest factor to add to list of risk factors for Crohn's and other autoimmune diseases

New research suggests obesity could be a major contributor to Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases that are the result of the the immune system attacking the body. The result of the investigation shows obesity could also prolong the effects of autoimmune diseases that also appear to be triggered by additional environmental factors.

What the researchers from Tel Aviv University found is that obesity creates a "pro-inflammatory" environment that can trigger Crohn's disease, MS and other autoimmune diseases in addition to hamper

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Is Multiple Sclerosis Mainly an Autoimmune Disease?

2014-11-05 06:24
Is multiple sclerosis mainly an autoimmune disease

Among the many factors that scientists cannot agree upon concerning multiple sclerosis is its cause. Although a popular belief is that multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, some scientists, clinicians, and patients believe its origins lie elsewhere.

A new report from researchers at Yale, the University of California-San Francisco, and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard claims the answer to the question about whether

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Is the Diagnosis Lupus or Multiple Sclerosis?

2014-10-30 09:08
lupus or multiple sclerosis

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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