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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.

Medicinal Mushrooms for Multiple Sclerosis

medicinal mushrooms for multiple sclerosis

Medicinal mushrooms have a long history of use in Asia and are quickly gaining acceptance elsewhere for a variety of health challenges, including cancer and enhancing immune function. Thus far research concerning their use for multiple sclerosis in particular has been limited, but at least two medicinal mushrooms have shown some promise.

Antiseizure Drug Helps Optic Neuritis in Multiple Sclerosis

antiseizure drug helps optic neuritis in multiple sclerosis

The relationship between seizures, optic neuritis, and multiple sclerosis may seem difficult to fathom, but the results of a new study shed some light on the subject. It appears that the common antiseizure drug called phenytoin has the ability to help prevent the development of acute optic neuritis, an eye condition frequently seen in people who have multiple sclerosis.

Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Responds to Biotin

progressive multiple sclerosis responds to biotin

High doses of biotin, which is also known as vitamin H, were associated with improvements in disability among patients with progressive multiple sclerosis. The results of this latest study, which follows on the heels of another research endeavor concerning biotin for multiple sclerosis, will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting on April 24, 2015.

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Want Full Disclosure

multiple sclerosis patients want full disclosure

Individuals with multiple sclerosis want to know what’s going on behind closed doors concerning drug research for this disease. A new study shows that MS patients want full disclosure concerning the financial relationship between the doctors and the drug companies in pharmaceutical industry-sponsored clinical trials (ISCTs) before they will agree to participate in such research.

Multiple Sclerosis Falling Studies Seek Participants

multiple sclerosis falling studies

Individuals with multiple sclerosis who live within a reasonable radius of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign may be eligible for one of two studies about falling. Even though falling is a major concern for people with multiple sclerosis, few studies have targeted fall prevention, especially involving home exercise.

iConquerMS Empowers Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Individuals with multiple sclerosis have the power to advance the research and discovery efforts of scientists and ultimately improve MS treatment. An opportunity to wield that power is possible through the iConquerMS(TM) campaign, which is a new endeavor by the nonprofit organization, Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis (ACPMS).

New Multiple Sclerosis Stem Cell Study Shows Improvements

multiple sclerosis and stem cells

Treatment with a form of stem cell transplantation in individuals with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis has demonstrated improvements in neurological disability, quality of life, and cognitive function. The new study, which appears in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, did not show similar positive results for individuals with secondary progressive MS.

Immunosuppressive Therapy and Stem Cell Study for Multiple Sclerosis

immunosuppressive therapy multiple sclerosis

Investigators have just released the interim results of a five-year study of high-dose immunosuppressive therapy (HDIT) and hematopoietic stem cell therapy in 24 individuals with multiple sclerosis. After three years, most of the participants showed improvements in neurological function and sustained remission of active relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS).