Researchers have made a new discovery about myelin that could have a significant impact on how multiple sclerosis is viewed and treated. The finding concerns cells called oligodendrocytes, which have a crucial role in nervous system functioning.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) for treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Based on the information released about the drug thus far, would you take this medication?
Current ways of measuring walking ability in multiple sclerosis are not winning any friends among researchers, doctors, and patients alike. That’s one reason why one of the presentations recently given at the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) is of special interest.
New research suggests obesity could be a major contributor to Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases that are the result of the the immune system attacking the body. The result of the investigation shows obesity could also prolong the effects of autoimmune diseases that also appear to be triggered by additional environmental factors.
Among the many factors that scientists cannot agree upon concerning multiple sclerosis is its cause. Although a popular belief is that multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, some scientists, clinicians, and patients believe its origins lie elsewhere.
I recently spoke with a woman who had been diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), but several months later she was told her diagnosis was multiple sclerosis instead. How could the doctors get it wrong, she wanted to know?
Diagnosing multiple sclerosis is a challenge for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the fact there are no definitive tests for the disease. It also doesn’t help that experts have not yet identified its exact cause(s), although they are entertaining and researching a number of possibilities.
Misdiagnosing multiple sclerosis is a significant problem, and one that many people can appreciate, including those with the disease or those who are living with the uncertainty of what they really have. In a series of upcoming articles, I will explore some of the challenges associated with getting an accurate diagnosis of the disease and differentiating it from others (“cousins”) with similar symptoms and signs.
Exercise can help with management of multiple sclerosis symptoms, but physical activity is often a challenge for people who live with this disease. Aquatic exercise, or exercise in the water, is an option that could be just what the doctor ordered.
Several years ago, a few studies reported promising results using low dose naltrexone for multiple sclerosis. Yet since that time, follow-up or new studies are virtually nonexistent, even though there have been some promising results and positive anecdotal reports from patients. What happened?
A better understanding of myelin and how it works (or doesn’t work) can be helpful when reading about research and studies of MS and the potential impact they may have on the disease. That’s one reason why a new report about myelin from a team of scientists at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is of interest.
A vaccine for multiple sclerosis is in the working stages right now at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research. While this research is not the only effort being undertaken to find a way to prevent MS, it does entail a unique approach.
Perhaps you have read previous reports about how a spray marijuana product may help with spasticity in multiple sclerosis. Now there is a new study in which researchers have noted this phenomenon and published their findings.
Two studies, one new and one conducted previously, suggest that oral contraceptives are a risk factor for multiple sclerosis. How concerned should you be if you are a woman of childbearing age?
It appears that shades of gray matter in the brain, particularly in people who have multiple sclerosis. Scientists have used a new brain scan technique to uncover a surprising and important feature that impacts the severity of the disease.
Long-term memory problems are not uncommon among people who have multiple sclerosis. However, there are things you can do to help ward off this cognitive challenge.
Probiotics could have a positive role for people with multiple sclerosis. One probiotic in particular was explored in a small study to find out if could help with newly diagnosed MS.
Inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis may seem worlds apart, but a new study points out a relationship that may or may not surprise you.
Some evidence exists of a relationship between aspartame and multiple sclerosis. What do we know about the link between this common artificial sweetener and MS?
New and previous research shows that yoga for multiple sclerosis provides a number of important benefits that can improve quality of life. Do you know what those advantages are? Are you ready to try yoga for multiple sclerosis?
Scientists have discovered a new drug for multiple sclerosis that may help reverse the damage to the myelin associated with the disease. So far, study results have been positive and further testing of the new drug is in the pipeline.
The amount of salt you consume can have a significant impact on your health, especially if you have multiple sclerosis. How much salt can be harmful for people with MS, what damage can it do, and how can you reduce your salt intake?
Up to nearly half of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) frequently or occasionally experience a shocking experience known as Lhermitte’s sign. What is Lhermitte’s sign and what can you do about it if it occurs?
Women with Multiple Sclerosis who are pregnant or who plan to get pregnant should know about how doctors feel about this situation and how they manage it. A new reports sheds some light on this topic of pregnancy for women with multiple sclerosis.