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Multiple Sclerosis

Hearing Problems and Multiple Sclerosis

2015-08-30 19:09
hearing problems and multiple sclerosis

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
Fingolimod vs Interferon

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
exercise and MS in children

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
multiple sclerosis relapse rate and vitamin D

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
fingolimod and PML in MS

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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Massage for Multiple Sclerosis

2015-07-31 07:56
massage for multiple sclerosis

Massage for multiple sclerosis is not a cure, but it can provide significant benefits without the risk of drug side effects. In fact, the authors of numerous studies have reported on the advantages of this complementary therapy for MS patients.

Massage has been around for thousands of years and has been a part of healing as well as religious, athletic, and sexual activities.

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Finding Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trials

2015-07-28 18:15
multiple sclerosis clinical trials

Some individuals who have multiple sclerosis have thought about or are interested in participating in clinical trials. For those who fall into these categories and who would like some assistance, there is a Clinical Trial Notification Program that can let you know about multiple sclerosis clinical trials for which you may qualify.

The Clinical Trial Notification Program (CTNP) is a project of MS News Today, an online digital publication

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Multiple Sclerosis and Personalized Medicine

2015-07-24 11:42
multiple sclerosis and personalized medicine

For people with multiple sclerosis who choose to take medications, identifying which one or ones will be effective is a challenge and often discouraging. Now a team in Italy has discovered a specific gene mutation that may eventually help bring personalized medicine to multiple sclerosis patients.

Personalized medicine is an emerging field, and the area that is getting the most action is in cancer treatment.

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Wahls Protocol for Multiple Sclerosis

2015-07-17 11:06
Wahls Protocol for multiple sclerosis

Of the many natural treatment approaches to multiple sclerosis, the Wahls Protocol, which includes a diet and lifestyle program designed to support brain cell function, has attracted special attention in part because it was developed by a physician who has MS. Another reason is that many people who have tried it say it works, but not everyone agrees.

In this way, the Wahls diet and lifestyle plan is not unlike other treatment options for multiple sclerosis, or for other diseases.

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Multiple Sclerosis Study Seeking 1,200 Participants

2015-07-09 12:59
multiple sclerosis study

A new study that will evaluate the effectiveness of an experimental oral drug (RPC1063) and Avonex (interferon beta-1a) in individuals with relapsing multiple sclerosis is now recruiting participants. The effort, which is known as the Sunbeam Study, is funded by Receptos, Inc., which makes the experimental drug.

Currently, dozens of sites throughout the United States are recruiting participants, and scores more will be available soon in the states and around the world.

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