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Saturday

 

8 Tips for Parenting With MS

















Multiple sclerosis can't stop you from being a great parent. The key is to focus on your strengths and learn creative ways to work around your symptoms.
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STEM CELL TREATMENTS FOR MSers: WE HAVE TO TAKE THESE STEPS BECAUSE EVERYTHING ELSE WE HAVE DONE HASN'T WORKED


Dr. Saud Sadiq
Tish MS Research Center
New York

Eleven years ago, Megan Quinn had just gotten married and was the picture of health. "I used to run five miles a day.
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VIDEO: HOW YOGA HELPS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS





















Many HMOs, for example Kaiser Permanente in California, offer yoga sessions specifically for people with MS. There are pain issues and cramping that people with MS could experience that may make it hard for them in a regular yoga class. However, true yoga instructors will never force people into pretzel positions that would be painful or too difficult.
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Determinants of sexual impairment in multiple sclerosis in male and female patients with lower urinary tract dysfunction

This study aims to evaluate the relationship between sexual dysfunction (SD), neurological disability, depression, anxiety, and urodynamic alterations in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and lower urinary tract dysfunction (LUTD). Neurological disability, depression and DO are significantly predictive of SD in MS patients, irrespective of gender. An EDSS ≥ 4.5 may significantly predict the presence of SD.
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Multiple sclerosis treatment landscape has undergone dramatic changes during 2013
















The multiple sclerosis treatment landscape has undergone dramatic changes over the past year. Biogen's Tecfidera has revolutionized multiple sclerosis treatment in the U.S., eroding significant market share from older therapies. However, patent concerns has stalled Tecfidera's launch in Europe. Genzyme have taken advantage of this delay with Lemtrada's (alemtuzumab) and Aubagio's (teriflunomide) EU approval. The arrival of these drugs is expected to transform multiple sclerosis treatment and be a catalyst for unprecedented market growth.
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Friday

 

Medicinal cannabis: delaying the inevitable?













Opponents of medicinal cannabis argue that there are already several cannabinoid medicines which are legally registered for multiple sclerosis, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and AIDS-related weight loss patients who need them. This is simply not true.
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Cure for MS is long, hard road























A multiple sclerosis diagnosis isn’t the end of the world.
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US multiple sclerosis market is expected to evolve notably in 2014

















The US multiple sclerosis market is expected to evolve notably in 2014, with analysts now confident that the FDA will approve at least one generic version of Teva´s Copaxone when exclusivity expiries in May.
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Making sense of my MS

















No matter when you were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or any other chronic illness, there are times you’re confronted with your own self just that little bit too much. And what you see, is not what you signed up for.
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VIDEO: Meredith Vieira on the Today Show fiasco as she opens up about her husband's battle with MS
















She quit her job as co-anchor of NBC's Today Show in 2011.

Now Meredith Vieira has opened up about the fiasco that followed her departure from the morning show.
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Thursday

 

Can Biogen Idec Take Wing With Tecfidera?















Biogen reported strong Q2 results and raised guidance.
Tecfidera for multiple sclerosis was the key growth driver in the quarter.
Using reasonable EPS growth estimates, Biogen looks attractive for longer-term investors.
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Natural Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Review Reveals the Inside Story to Gary M. Levin’s Cure Program

 

No apparent link between chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency and MS






















There appears to be no link between chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency and multiple sclerosis (MS), according to new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
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Stem Cell Therapy Breakthrough for MS
























A breakthrough in stem cell therapy for MS (multiple sclerosis) has been announced by experts at the New York Stem Cell Foundation. Although the discovery involved individuals with primary progressive MS, the door has been opened for managing other forms of MS as well as other diseases.
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National Multiple Sclerosis Society to further a groundbreaking study that could lead to new therapies for MS.

Dr. Robert Lisak, M.D.

























A Wayne State University School of Medicine neurologist has secured significant funding from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to further a groundbreaking study that could lead to new therapies for MS.

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Wednesday

 

One step closer to creating a viable cell replacement therapy for MSers

 

Meeting to discuss MS symptom management

 

Biogen Idec MS drug is approved by European regulators














European regulators Wednesday gave Cambridge biotech Biogen Idec Inc. approval to sell a new kind of injectable drug to treat multiple sclerosis.

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An FDA-approved multiple sclerosis drug can alter memory?

















Finding ways to enhance memory has been a goal of many research labs for a very long time. It has also been a popular topic amongst science-fiction enthusiasts and college students. What would we be capable of with the ability to remember more things? Or what if we could forget unwanted memories? Oh the possibilities! Well, these types of scientific breakthroughs are no longer just a dream as researchers have now started to identify cellular mechanisms and signaling pathways that could potentially aid in altering memory.

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Tuesday

 

Missouri State Student Defeats the Odds by Walking Again
























Maria Christodoulou, a graduate student at Missouri State University, does not like being told what to do. That’s why whenever doctors told her she would never walk again after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she refused to listen.
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NYSCF scientists one step closer to cell therapy for multiple sclerosis patients

















Scientists at The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute are one step closer to creating a viable cell replacement therapy for multiple sclerosis from a patient's own cells.

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Multiple Sclerosis Assistive Devices: Leg Braces, Orthotics, Scooters, and More
















There is a variety of assistive devices that can help you manage the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). An assistive device is a tool or product that makes a certain function easier to perform. An occupational or physical therapist can prescribe these devices.
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How MS Patients Can Benefit from Massage Therapy
















An estimated 2.3 million people worldwide live with multiple sclerosis (MS) each day, a debilitating disease that can often cause severe pain, muscle spasms, poor circulation, anxiety, stress and clinical depression.

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Low Vitamin D is Linked to Severe Acute Optic Neuritis in Multiple Sclerosis














For the approximately 15-20% of multiple sclerosis patients with acute optic neuritis (AON), lack of vitamin D may be partly responsible.

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Monday

 

Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis Could be Pinpointed to Brain Region
















Regional damage in the brain could be the main contributing factor to fatigue, a symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to research published in Radiology. Researchers from Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Italy studied 65 MS patients, of which 31 were fatigued and 32 were non fatigued.
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MS Myths and Facts: Pregnancy, Exercise, Work














Myth: Women with MS shouldn't get pregnant.

"This is a definite myth," says Matthew McCoyd, MD, a neurologist and MS specialist at Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago.
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Strategies for Selecting the Most Effective Treatment for Pain in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

 

Oral Drug Stalls Clinically Definite MS

COPENHAGEN -- Teriflunomide (Aubagio) significantly reduced the risk of clinically definite multiple sclerosis in patients who had suffered a first bout of symptoms, an academic researcher confirmed here.
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Brain Games for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

















If you have multiple sclerosis (MS) and are struggling with memory issues, you're not alone. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, there's a 50 percent chance you'll experience some type of cognitive deficit due to the condition.
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Sunday

 

VIDEO: Jane West: Wife, mother and 'potrepreneur'





















Meet Jane West, a married, 37-year-old mother of two living in an affluent Denver suburb. By day she drops her oldest son off at kindergarten; by night she attends the cannabis-friendly events she organizes.

In West's own words, she's "one part Martha Stewart and one part Walter White."

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VIDEO: Clay Walker talks about his fight with Multiple Sclerosis

 

VIDEO: What works and what doesn't work for treating migraine?

 

VIDEO: If only there was a cheap, simple, safe, side-effect free solution that also just so happened to be the most effective treatment for MS ever prescribed

Treating Multiple Sclerosis With Diet; Dr. Michael Greger
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VIDEO: Richard Cohen Speaks About His Battle With Multiple Sclerosis and Not Becoming a Victim

When Richard Cohen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1973, he had plenty reasons to feel like a victim, but he never allowed it.
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Saturday

 

MSers WITH WHEELCHAIRS READ THIS: Technology "Maps" Out Levels of Access & Destination Reviews

A new mobile app is engineered to provide users reviews on the wheelchair accessibility of businesses, restaurants, entertainment centers, and other destinations. The shared reviews are available through the free AXS Map app online or through mobile web, as well as Android and iPhone applications.
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VIDEO: Why I changed my mind on weed! -By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

(CNN)...I am here to apologize. Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called "Weed." The title "Weed" may sound cavalier, but the content is not. I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning.
Long before I began this project, I had steadily
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L.A. Street Artist Lydia Emily Keeps Painting Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Other Obstacles | Public Spectacle | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events

 

Pupillary response to sparse multifocal stimuli in multiple sclerosis patients

 

MS Society and residents upset over cancellation of Coal Dust Days parade

Friday

 

Sue runs with her service dog Lili, a golden retriever using trekking poles & a brace on her right leg.

Sue Burke











Boulder tennis coach Sue Burke had given up on the idea of running another marathon, until she saw the horror of the Boston Marathon bombing unfold on her TV screen last April.

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New Zealand-based Innate Immunotherapeutics' secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) drug called MIS416 has been granted a patent in the US

 

Low-fat diet helps people with MS-related fatigue: New Study



















MSers who for one year followed a plant-based diet very low in saturated fat had much less MS-related fatigue at the end of that year — and significantly less fatigue than a control group of people with MS who didn’t follow the diet according to an Oregon Health & Science University study being presented today at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.
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CALIF. DOC WITH 'MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS CURE' GETS 14 YEARS PRISON



Daniel used her position both as a doctor at the Sonrise Wellness Center and a Pentecostal minister to
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TOP 10 MOST POPULAR: 5TH PLACE - "RAW FOOD DIET CURED MY MS"

Thursday

 

VIDEO: Possible advancement in MS treatment

 

Living with multiple sclerosis more challenging in oppressive summer heat

 

Researchers discover neuroprotective role of immune cell

 

How low testosterone can effect people with MS

 

VIDEO: Swedish Covenant Wants To Be First Illinois Hospital to Dispense Pot

Wednesday

 

JK Rowling discusses her mother’s fight with multiple sclerosis: 'She never knew about Harry Potter'


























The Harry Potter novelist JK Rowling opens up about the difficulties of seeing her mother’s condition worsen and the “enormous impact” it had on family life. She was diagnosed aged just 35, when Rowling was still a teenager.
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Can Zapping the Brain Make You Smarter? Can Zapping the Brain Help MS Fatigue?

















JUMPER CABLES FOR THE MIND

(New York Times Magazine, 11/3/13)


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Sativex spray is waiting for final FDA approval

THIS POT GROWING FACILITY PRODUCES 20 TONS OF POT EACH YEAR USED IN SATIVEX SPRAY WHICH IS USED TO TREAT MS SPASTICITY





















This secret marijuana-growing facility that produces 200 tons of raw material and about 20 tons of actual pot each year. (The facility is reportedly guarded around the clock, and each plant is genetically fingerprinted to enable tracking, should anything be stolen.) From these plants, the key components of GW’s cannaboid products are carefully extracted and standardized. ”It’s not just street cannabis put into a bottle,” CEO Justin Gover told the Guardian in 2011. “To get regulatory approval, we had to meet very strict standards. We had to know every vial of Sativex is identical.”
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HERE'S MY TIPS ON HOW TO REDUCE THE TERRIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF AVONEX & OTHER INTERFERONS

















Toni Perry, Guest Columnist, MSnewsChannel.com

I think we are the unknown hero's of multiple sclerosis. I myself was dx'd in 2000 at 27 years of age. I was put on avonex immediately. Many stop this therapy because of the side effects we all know that interferons cause. I can say that I have lost 24 hours a week to avonex. I run a fever and have extra fatigue and often extra pain and depression on what I call my medicine day. I've found there are ways to help myself. Take ibuprofen before my shot which my husband gives just before bed. I try to sleep through the fluish feelings. I take ibuprofen when I wake and it helps more than any thing I've been prescribed. I have not had a flare for many years and I will stay on avonex
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AMAZING NEWS...High MS Rates in Veterans: Don’t Blame the First Gulf War Zone

Military personnel serving during the first Gulf War have one of the highest incidence rates for multiple sclerosis (MS) ever reported, leading to speculation that environmental exposures in the war zone triggered the disease. 
RESEARCH TRYING TO DETERMINE CAUSES, HOWEVER, CAME UP WITH A SURPRISING RESULT: THE SERVICE MEMBERS AT THE GREATEST RISK WERE THOSE WHO WERE NEVER DEPLOYED.

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Tuesday

 

VIDEO: Kristen Maxwell Overcomes Multiple Sclerosis to run Half Marathon

 

VIDEO: THE SCANDAL THAT ROCKED THE PATIENT SAFETY MOVEMENT BREAK...

 

VIDEO: Ampyra helps MS patients to walk again

 

Nearly 80% of multiple sclerosis patients in a large registry reported overactive bladder symptoms



More than one-third of newly diagnosed patients in a different cohort also had urinary dysfunction.
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WOW!! VIDEO: Mind-controlled prosthetic arm from Segway inventor gets FDA approval

Monday

 

FDA approval gives new hope to Multiple Sclerosis patients

 

With MS Society Support, Scientist Focuses on Immune System Regulation













An Albany Medical College scientist has received a $700,000 grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to support her ongoing search for new therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS), a devastating disease with few treatments.
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Fighting MS with sticks and pucks
















Fletcher Allen Health Care’s Multiple Sclerosis Center received a boost to their bottom line this weekend — one that’s been seven years running.
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Pregnant hormone can reduce MS symptoms
















The hormone is a form of estrogen called estriol. It's abundant in a woman's body only when she is pregnant. Adding estriol to treatment with an existing MS drug cut relapses by 47 percent in a study of 158 women presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in April.
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Multiple Sclerosis Treatments That Show Promise















Multiple sclerosis treatment #4: Laquinimod
Laquinimod, a once-a-day oral medication, is a small, synthetic molecule that decreases cytokines, molecules secreted by immune cells that stir up inflammation and attract other immune cells to attack the brain, Coetzee explains. Why the excitement? "It turns down the production of cytokines and reduces inflammatory activity," he says.
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Sunday

 

10 Ways Pot Can Make You Healthier

 

How does vitamin D help MSers














Vitamin D good, lack of vitamin D bad. Barely a week goes by without a news story warning of the perils of not having enough of the sunshine vitamin in your system (so called because, although it is present in some foods and available in supplement form, vitamin D is primarily created in the body via UVB rays on bare skin). Tempting though it might be to roll your eyes and think, ‘Here we go again. Everything we’ve been doing and eating is wrong and here’s a new “miracle” to put it right,’ you ignore a D-ficiency at your peril.
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VIDEO: Taking to the ice to fight multiple sclerosis

Candice Arnold struggles to find the words to describe the unknown that is multiple sclerosis.
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Panel on MS political move














The provincial government's announcement this week that it is establishing a panel to explore MS research opportunities appears to have less to do with any new scientific evidence that supports spending further money in this area than the optics of being seen to be supportive of patients and their advocates.
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