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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex neurodegenerative disease that presents MSers of all ages with many challenging symptoms. Learn about the latest conventional and integrative medicine approaches to preventing, treating, coping with and living with MS.

Generic Antibiotic May Reduce Progression to Multiple Sclerosis

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

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.

FDA Approved Autoinjector for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

autoinjector for multiple sclerosis

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.

Gut Bacteria Role in Multiple Sclerosis Treatment?

gut bacteria in multiple sclerosis treatment

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.

How Smoking Affects Multiple Sclerosis Progression

how smoking affects multiple sclerosis progression

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.

FDA Warns of PML from Fingolimod Use in MS

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.

Finding Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trials

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.

Wahls Protocol for Multiple Sclerosis

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.

Multiple Sclerosis Study Seeking 1,200 Participants

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.

Short Documentary on Multiple Sclerosis Inspires

documentary on multiple sclerosis

A 20-minute documentary on multiple sclerosis, entitled simply “SM” (the original title in Polish) offers a poignant look at the lives, thoughts, and goals of three people with the disease. The two women and one man, who range in age from 20 to 61, demonstrate the universality of the determination, hope, and challenges of the disease.

The Impact of Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis: Alternative Treatment is Not Well Studied

acupuncture for multiple sclerosis

Some people turn to acupuncture for multiple sclerosis, but use of this alternative or complementary treatment choice is not well studied. Here’s what a recent review and an additional study have to say about the use of acupuncture for relief of MS symptoms. Please feel free to share your experiences!

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