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Multiple Sclerosis

FDA Approved Autoinjector for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

2015-09-29 10:13
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Hearing Problems and Multiple Sclerosis

2015-08-30 19:09
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Hearing problems are not a common symptom of multiple sclerosis. That’s good news. However, for approximately 4 to 6 percent of individuals with MS, hearing challenges are a reality that can have an impact on their quality of life, although the other good news is that most patients recover completely.

Hearing problems associated with multiple sclerosis can include tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and varying degrees of hearing deficit or loss, which is defined as a loss of 30 decibels or more.

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Fingolimod vs Interferon in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

2015-08-23 14:55
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An international team of researchers recently reported on the results of the extension of a trial comparing fingolimod and interferon beta-1a in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Basically, patients fared better when they took fingolimod, but it’s worth examining the details.

Fingolimod (Gilenya; Novartis Pharmaceuticals) is an immunomodulating drug used to help prevent symptoms o

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Exercise Impacts Multiple Sclerosis in Children

2015-08-17 07:32
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Exercise may have a significant impact on multiple sclerosis in children, according to a new study. The findings, which appear in the online issue of Neurology, could be important for the estimated 10,000 children in the United States and the many thousands of others around the world who have multiple sclerosis.

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis among children and adults are similar, but there are some notable difference

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Multiple Sclerosis Relapse Rate and Vitamin D

2015-08-14 07:35
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The role of vitamin D in multiple sclerosis, especially related to relapse rate and disease progression, was the subject of a recent study conducted by a team from Australia. The findings shed light on the association between exposure to the sun, supplementation with vitamin D, and latitude on people with multiple sclerosis.

Previous research has indicated several associations between vitamin D and multiple sclerosis.

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FDA Warns of PML from Fingolimod Use in MS

2015-08-05 14:23
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Two cases of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) associated with the use of fingolimod (Gilenya) in individuals with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis have been reported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In both cases—one probable and one definite--the individuals had not been treated previously with another immunosuppressant drug for MS.

Based on these two cases of PML, the FDA has added this information to the Patient Counseling and Warnings and Precautions sections of the medication label, along with the patient Medication Guide.

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