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Multiple Sclerosis

Former NHL Player Bryan Bickell is Battling MS but Feeling Great with Tysabri

Jun 17 2017 - 6:53pm
Bryan and Amanda Bickell with daughters

Former NHL player Bryan Bickell is battling Multiple Sclerosis (MS) but feeling great with Tysabri. Bickell may be off the ice, but he is on to bigger things as spokesperson for Biogen and running his non-profit, the Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation which helps rescue abused pit bulls and provide people in need with service dogs. The 31-year-old Bickell announced his plans to retire from the NHL after a successful 2016-2017 season as winger with the Carolina Hurricanes.

How a Plant Based Diet Benefits Multiple Sclerosis

Aug 18 2016 - 11:15pm
plant based diet benefits multiple sclerosis

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.

Could Avoiding Obesity Reduce Risk of Multiple Sclerosis?

Jul 1 2016 - 7:57pm
obesity and risk of multiple sclerosis

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.

Fasting Diet Effective for Multiple Sclerosis?

May 29 2016 - 9:18am
fasting diet for multiple sclerosis

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.

Adolescent Obesity Could Be A Risk Factor for Multiple Sclerosis

Apr 14 2016 - 1:43pm
adolescent obesity could be a risk factor for multiple sclerosis

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.

Stem Cell Transplantation May Help Some Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Jan 29 2016 - 9:01am
stem cell transplantation may help multiple sclerosis

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.

Higher than usual vitamin D could benefit MS patients

Dec 31 2015 - 12:48pm
Vitamin D and MS

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.

Can Chocolate Make Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue Better?

Nov 21 2015 - 9:40am
chocolate make multiple sclerosis fatigue better

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.

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

Nov 10 2015 - 1:48pm
improve memory and balance in multiple sclerosis

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.

HIV Drugs, Viruses and Multiple Sclerosis

Oct 31 2015 - 11:53am
HIV drugs, viruses and multiple sclerosis

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.

Generic Antibiotic May Reduce Progression to Multiple Sclerosis

Oct 12 2015 - 10:12am
antibiotic may reduce progression to multiple sclerosis

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.”

How Good Cholesterol Affects Lesions in Multiple Sclerosis

Oct 9 2015 - 8:28am
good cholesterol affects lesions in multiple sclerosis

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.

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