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Multiple Sclerosis

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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Diet and Multiple Sclerosis, What's the Story?

2014-10-28 06:46
diet and multiple sclerosis

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
multiple sclerosis or transverse myelitis

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
misdiagnosing multiple sclerosis

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
aquatic exercise for multiple sclerosis

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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