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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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MSer travels to 100 countries and in all 7 continents

Saturday

 

8 Ways to Stay Positive With Multiple Sclerosis














Managing multiple sclerosis requires a proactive approach — becoming educated about the condition, sticking to your treatment plan, and communicating with your doctor if you notice changes in your symptoms. But beyond medical care, the way you approach life can also influence your condition, says Benjamin M. Greenberg, MD, MHS, deputy director of the multiple sclerosis program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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Regulations enable cannabis medication
















The outgoing Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White signed regulations to enable authorized cannabis-based medicinal products to be legally prescribed by medical practitioners and used by patients. The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) received a market authorization request from a manufacturer under the EU Mutual Recognition Procedure for a medicinal product containing cannabis extract.
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AUDIO: Many Invisible Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis & Mgmt with Dr. Barry Singer












We bring you our second episode on Multiple Sclerosis this July.
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Nanotechnology targets neurological disorders






























USC electrical engineer Kun Yue believes in nanotechnology.
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Scientists Face Brain Drain Without Enough Tissue to Go Around














Not that they lack smarts. Rather, they need more tissue they can study to better understand -- and maybe, someday, treat -- diseases of the mind as well as head injuries.
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Friday

 

Tysabri Protects Against Relapse in Multiple Sclerosis


















According to a study published in JAMA Neurology, multiple sclerosis patients are greatly benefited by Biogen Idec’s Tysabri (natalizumab) and tend to relapse if they discontinue treatment.
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Learning about healthy eating and multiple sclerosis


















Though food has not been proven to cause, prevent or treat multiple sclerosis, the right tools for diet and meal preparation can help people cope with certain symptoms. For those who have a hard time exercising, a healthy diet becomes even more important.
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Bike MS Ride in Colorado Raises $3.8 million To Support Research













Bike MS, a two-day ride between Westminster and Fort Collins, in Colorado, raised $3.8 million to support the multiple sclerosis (MS) research, thanks to the help of over 3,000 riders, volunteers, and advocates. Bikers started the journey last Saturday and rode back to Westminster Sunday morning.
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Innovative research tool pinpoints potential therapies for multiple sclerosis


















Drug maker Roche and venture capital firm Versant Ventures started a new company focused on regrowing the protective sheaths around nerve cells in multiple sclerosis patients.
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New oral treatments available to multiple sclerosis patients
















More than 12,000 multiple sclerosis patients in B.C. now have access to two oral treatments subsidized by the provincially funded drug program Pharmacare.
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Thursday

 

VIDEO: Kristy Cruise was diagnosed with MS and with stem cell treatment...her symptoms are now gone!!















In a desperate attempt to stop the disease that was ravaging her body, Kristy Cruise booked a flight to Moscow and forked out $40,000 to receive risky stem cell transplant treatment.
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NICE green light for Biogen’s oral MS drug














The National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence (NICE) issued a final appraisal determination backing the use of Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) in adults with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS).
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Study: People with mobility impairments under age 65 have higher rates of smoking














Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have found that people with mobility impairments under age 65 have significantly higher rates of smoking than those without mobility impairments. Additionally, smokers with mobility impairments were less likely to attempt quitting than those without mobility impairments, and evidence-based, quit-smoking treatments may not be sufficient for this population. The study and its findings are published online in advance of print in the American Journal of Public Health.
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Walkers surpass fundraising goal by $60,000 in fight to end multiple sclerosis














Two months ago, walkers from across the Greater Birmingham Area and beyond together to try and create a world free of multiple sclerosis. On April 5, walkers took part in Walk MS: Birmingham at Central Park in Homewood in honor of the more than 6,300 families affected by MS in Alabama and Mississippi alone.
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VIDEO: Powerful neuroimaging tools help UNM team advance multiple sclerosis research













When Donna Seagrave was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the early 1990s, there were no approved disease-modifying drugs for the condition.
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Wednesday

 

Edmond woman proclaims new MS treatment a success













Pamela Gooch could not step out of bed on most days. Taking a shower exhausted her. Multiple sclerosis would not allow her to lift her 2-year-old son, Gooch said.
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VIDEO: A local brewery is tapping into a special beer to help find a cure for MS.











It is the annual “MS Week At The Creek” at Kannah Creek Brewing Company, with brewers tapping the “Philanthropy Ale.”
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MS Is Not Linked To Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency; Putting A Possible Cause To Rest

 

Robert Miller, nationally known for his research in multiple sclerosis, leaving Case Western Reserve University



















Robert Miller, a renowned neuroscientist and vice president for research and technology management at Case Western Reserve University, is moving to George Washington University to lead its efforts in medical and health sciences research.
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Study: Oxidative Stress Is Differentially Present in MS Courses, Early Evident, and Unrelated to Treatment














Oxidative stress markers can be different across MS courses. Indeed, benign MS patients show higher antioxidant factors, including CoQ10 and anti-OxLDL autoantibodies, which may confer protection against oxidative stress-driven mechanisms of neurodegeneration.
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Tuesday

 

Medicinal marijuana drug means end to buying drugs on the street












The signing off of the introduction of a medicinal marijuana product, Savitex, in Ireland has been welcomed by Tom Curran, partner of the late Marie Fleming.
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Antibody Testing Affects MS Therapy Management















Access to antibody (Ab) testing affected management in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to findings from a randomized, controlled, open-label, parallel-group, multicenter study published April 4 in BMC Neurology.
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KOCODA BOUND FOR A MATE
















When Cassandra Clarke’s feet touch the ground on the rugged jungle slopes of Kokoda, she expects the 10 day challenge ahead to test her strength and resilience.
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MSer Ramsey Carpenter is crowned Miss Kentucky 2014













Ramsey Carpenter, a Hartford native and University of Kentucky graduate, was crowned Miss Kentucky on Saturday night at her alma mater's Singletary Center for the Arts.
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Unique Solutions for MS Gait Problems














With impaired walking ability generally considered the number one functional problem for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, new approaches to assistive devices were described here, ranging from the mechanical to the furry.
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Monday

 

VIDEO: 4 Symptoms That Signal Multiple Sclerosis

 

Law allowing for legal cannabis-based medicine to be signed next week!















New laws allowing cannabis-based medicines to be prescribed in Ireland for the first time could be in place by tomorrow. The Junior Health Minister Alex White says the laws will be signed early next week if not before then.
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Could Pill wipe out bad memories? Drug used to treat multiple sclerosis found to help us forget experiences that caused us pain

 

Chiropractor Uses Atlas Orthogonal Adjustments for Multiple Sclerosis Patients























Ft. Worth chiropractor, Dr. Chris Michlin (Right) is the only board-certified Atlas Orthogonal adjustment doctor in North Texas, and he uses this technique to treat patients suffering from neck pain, back pain and conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis. A chiropractic Atlas Orthogonal (AO) adjustment realigns the Atlas vertebra at the very base of the skull.
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Ford Racing's Cobra Jet Program launches with a $200,000 donation to MS Society













Ford Motor Company sent a unique and decidedly extroverted satin orange Mustang Cobra Jet across the block of Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction, where it quickly drew a winning bid of $200,000—all of which went straight into the charitable coffers of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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Sunday

 

Can Your Diet Help Treat MS?
















Many foods have been touted as helpful for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Do they work?
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How Google Glass brainwave-monitoring app can help people with MS











A free, open source application that allows Google Glass wearers to control the device using brainwaves has been unveiled.
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Press Release: Surveyed U.S. Neurologists Would be Willing to Accept a Novel Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Therapy with Safety Risk if Proven Effective on Disability Progression

BURLINGTON, Mass.April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group (DRG) finds that, for the treatment of primary-progressive multiple sclerosis (PP-MS), surveyed U.S. neurologists would be willing to accept a certain level of risk for a therapy with proven efficacy on disability progression, likely owing to the absence of approved therapies for this indication.

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"Balloon Girl," the woman with MS behind many balloons on campus














Whether doing party planning, fashion consulting, raising her family or managing her multiple sclerosis, Holt embraces each role with high energy and a cheerful attitude.
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Grand gesture to help Irene's Russian MS treatment
















A fundraiser will be held for Irene Trezise to help her get the treatment she needs for relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS).
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Saturday

 

MUSIC EFFECTS MSers: Study
















Whether it’s a jingle from a commercial or a snippet of a song, people occasionally get a so-called “earworm,” a bit of music stuck in their heads for a few minutes or hours. But an earworm that has plagued a multiple sclerosis patient for years is teaching scientists more about how the disease affects neural pathways.
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University of Chicago Neurologist Awarded Dystel Prize for MS Research
















The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are awarding the 2014 John Dystel Prize for MS Research to Barry G. Arnason, MD, James Nelson and Anna Louise Raymond Professor of Neurology with the University of Chicago.
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Dow/Tri-City Cyclists is top fundraising team in Multiple Sclerosis West Michigan ride














The Dow/Tri-City Cyclists MS Bike Team earned the “Dutch Clogs” award as the highest fundraising team on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s West Michigan ride from June 7-8.

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