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Friday

 

Why I’ve Decided Not to Explain Myself So Much

















 By Kim Dolce—February 11, 2016

In most ways, my life this year will be very much like it was last year except for one thing: I’ve decided to pull a Mary Poppins and stop explaining myself so darn much. Here’s my source of inspiration:

Mr. Banks: Just a moment, Mary Poppins. What is the meaning of this outrage?
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Viable to debut in Toronto in March and raise awareness about MS


































Ryerson student Jake Nothdurft will see his hard work on the big screen when the film Viable debuts at Carlton Cinema in Toronto in March. The film is part of a larger movement by students to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. (Photo by Melissa Vasiliev)

When you think big, sometimes big things happen.
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Free Thai massage on offer in New Plymouth for sufferers of muscular disorders























Alan Metcalfe is trying to quash the idea that traditional Thai massage has sexual connotations.
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Penn study: When food loses its appeal




























A University of Pennsylvania research team has found a high incidence of an under-appreciated problem in patients with multiple sclerosis: poor ability to identify tastes.
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Depletion of brain functional connectivity enhancement leads to disability progression in MS: A longitudinal resting-state fMRI study.





































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Thursday

 

Disability Bucket: MS or Deconditioning?
















































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By Laura Kolaczkowski—February 10, 2016

Of the many drugs we would like to see, one that remyelinates the nerves (repairs the damage done by MS) may be getting closer and our bodies will improve, but will we be ready when that time comes? The goal of these drugs will be to restore function but we will have to build on what muscles we have retained while we are waiting for that time.
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Microsoft and Novartis Team Up to Tackle MS: VIDEO


























Microsoft and Novartis are joining forces against multiple sclerosis (MS), the autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide.
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Senate Takes First Step on Neurological Data Bill























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February 9, 2016

Today, thanks to the tireless work of MS activists, the Senate’s version of the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act (S. 849) was considered—along with several other bills—by the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in the first of three executive sessions on biomedical innovation.
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Australia set to legalise cultivation of medical cannabis






















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Australia is expected to legalise the cultivation of cannabis for medical or scientific purposes with a bill introduced to parliament on Wednesday -- the first step towards doctors eventually prescribing it to patients with chronic pain.
The bill will see Australia create a national licensing and permit scheme to supply medical cannabis to patients with painful and chronic conditions on clinical trials.
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Anxiety in MS: psychometric properties of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory: STUDY





























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Wednesday

 

Keeping the Faith































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By Kim Dolce—February 9, 2016

Faith is a gift that many people possess and nurture. I define it as believing in something, whatever that may be. Something we hang our hats on that reflects what we know to be true about how to live.
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What Do You Look for in a Health Blog?

























By Trevis Gleason
Published Feb 9, 2016

Everyday Health, the host of our Life With Multiple Sclerosis blog community, is cohosting an international gathering of healthcare bloggers in a couple of months. I will be attending and giving a workshop at this event, but more on that later.
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Experimental RRMS Therapy, Trimesta, Fails to Demonstrate Efficacy in Review of Clinical Trial






























Synthetic Biologics, Inc., a clinical stage company focused on the development of therapeutics to protect the microbiome and to target disease-causing pathogens, recently announced disappointing results from an independent third-party analysis of a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating Trimesta as a treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) in women. The unfavorable findings have led the company to terminate its license and clinical trial agreements with the University of California.
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New Study Launched To Predict Who Will Develop MS
























At Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a team of investigators has launched a new study of individuals at risk for multiple sclerosis (MS).
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Impact of a Pelvic Floor Training Program Among Women with MS: A Controlled Clinical Trial: STUDY




















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Tuesday

 

A Worthy Cause: VIDEO


















By Marc Stecker-Wheelchair Kamikaze—February 8, 2016

Okay, folks, I’m going to take the liberty of using my virtual soapbox here on Wheelchair Kamikaze to beat the drum for a worthy cause, an outside the box effort to make the lives of the disabled easier and maybe even a bit more joyful. I’ll include a bunch of videos which will help explain this project and the needs it addresses. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth several hundred thousand, and these short clips will save you the rigors of having to read yet another of my seemingly endless polemics.
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How getting your hands dirty in the garden perks up your immune system


























Our sterile homes have disrupted our relationship with the bacteria and parasites that evolved with us
  • We live in one of the most allergy-prone countries in the world
  • The reason, some suggest, is our enthusiasm for cleanliness
  • 'Continued exposure to our microbial world is important for us'
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Brain scars in MS patients reveal possible cause of taste problems































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Taste deficits appear to be more prevalent among multiple sclerosis (MS) patients than previously reported and correlate with brain lesions left by the debilitating disease, a new study from the University of Pennsylvania's Smell and Taste Center and the department of Radiology found. The more lesions spotted on an MRI, the worse the taste function of the patient, the multi-institutional team reported in the Journal of Neurology.
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New findings offer roadmap for development of novel therapies to target common brain disorders































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Scientists have pinpointed the cells that are likely to trigger common brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and intellectual disabilities.
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Intensity of treadmill walking exercise on acute mood symptoms in persons with MS: STUDY





























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Monday

 

'My insurer rejected my claim for a brain tumour': So Legal & General, what's stopping you paying up this time?



























When Ruth Dunn took the advice of her GP and went for a neurological check-up following a period of light headedness, pins and needles and dropping a cup of coffee, she thought she was doing the right thing. ‘Better to be safe than sorry,’ she kept thinking at the time.
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MS Lesions Quickly Detected with New MRI Technique




























Researchers developed a new way of using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to better distinguish multiple sclerosis (MS)-related “white spots” from similar brain lesions that corresponding to other conditions. Their article, “Imaging central veins in brain lesions with 3-T T2*-weighted magnetic resonance imaging differentiates multiple sclerosis from microangiopathic brain lesions,” was published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.
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From Worse to Better: The Backwards Patient






















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By Kim Dolce—February 7, 2016

From all we have heard and read about multiple sclerosis, it seems inevitable that the only direction a patient’s abilities will go is downward. So many stories of our fellow patients’ decline and grief and tragic circumstances prevail on MS forums and our hearts go out to them. We feel bad for them and scared for ourselves. Perhaps you are a person with MS that could walk or drive last year—but this year, the proverbial rug has been pulled out from under you. It can happen to any of us at any time. But there is something else that can happen to any of us at any time. It can be a very different kind of journey. A journey from worse to better, from dysfunction to restoration. The story of tragic decline in reverse, the story of a backwards patient.
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Live with MS don't suffer from it: Dubai resident
























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Abbas is one of the estimated 2.5 million people worldwide living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
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Evidence for early, non-lesional cerebellar damage in patients with MS: DTI measures correlate with disability, atrophy, and disease duration: STUDY






















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Sunday

 

Cooking hasn’t cured me, but it’s helped me live with MS
























‘Cooking also benefited my social life. My place became my mates’ restaurant of choice.’ Photograph: Felicity Cloake for the Guardian

The cooking skills I learned in school have served me well, helping nab Julie, my wife, who was won over by my Burmese curry, and sustaining me in my private war with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS).
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Artist’s MS inspires photo series











































Artwork by: Daisy Patton
Artist Daisy Patton digitally alters her MRI scans as part of the ongoing series “Deterioration,” showing now at an Everett Community College gallery. Above, is Patton's “OCT. 2011, #4."

Daisy Patton turns her brain scans into art.
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Jamestown native develops test to detect MS in patients

























Nancy Monson, center, received an award for her research in early detection of multiple sclerosis in November.

A new medical test developed by a Jamestown native can detect if patients will develop multiple sclerosis earlier than before.
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MS-related Inflammation May Be Reduced With Natural Protein, Study Shows




























In a new study using several mouse models of human immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers found that increased levels of an endogenous protein called tristetraprolin (TTP) resulted in protection against pro-inflammatory diseases. The results suggested that this natural protein might constitute a valuable therapeutic strategy to reduce the exacerbated inflammatory component in conditions like MS, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
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Lipocalin-2 is increased in progressive MS and inhibits remyelination: STUDY























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Saturday

 

Five Ways to Find the Best Neurologist for Your MS Needs
















By Cathy Chester—February 4, 2016

When I was diagnosed in 1986 my neurologist told me to go home and call him if I experienced any symptoms. He’d prescribe a round or two of steroids. Adios and have a good life.
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Lyndsay Wright is a true champion



























Lyndsay Wright jumps for joy at the "Barrels and Brews" 40-mile bike ride.

Lyndsay Wright cannot be stopped. Despite being diagnosed with MS at 18, and originally unable to walk without difficulty, she’s participated in an MS walk and in the 40-mile “Barrels and Brews” charity bike ride to benefit Multiple Sclerosis research.
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Recommendations are "very exciting" for the future of MS care in Saskatchewan: VIDEO






















Shannon Bachorick is skeptical but optimistic in light of a report released Thursday offering nine recommendations to the provincial government about the future of multiple sclerosis (MS) care in Saskatchewan.
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RRMS Drug Works by Shifting Anti-Inflammatory Immune Profile, Study Shows Lemtrada (Alemtuzumab) treatment seen to raise levels of regulatory T-cells and anti-inflammatory cytokines





Alemtuzumab treatment seen to raise levels of regulatory T-cells and anti-inflammatory cytokines

Researchers have found that changes in the composition of immune molecules — specifically, a shift to more anti-inflammatory cytokines and regulatory T-cells (Tregs) — likely account for the efficiency of alemtuzumab as a treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS).
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Perception of Muscular Effort During Dynamic Elbow Extension in MS: STUDY




































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Friday

 

MS Research: Taking Part for Hope and for Science
























By Trevis Gleason
Published Feb 4, 2016

Clinical trials for drug therapies carry, by their nature, a certain amount of risk. As a subject in a number of clinical trials and research studies (not all of which were drug trials), and as a current patient advocate on a large National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study, I understand this and have grown to accept a level of risk.
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MS Fatigue: VIDEO


























In this video by the National MS Society, listen to some patients talking about their experiences dealing with fatigue. Also listen to Dr. Benjamin Segal and Dr. Aliza Ben-Zacharia give their medical opinion.
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MS panel asks for more specialists, researchers






















Saskatchewan government promises to create advisory council, registry of people diagnosed with MS

An advisory panel is asking Saskatchewan's Ministry of Health for improvements in how it cares for patients with multiple sclerosis.
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Students from Crown Valley get a sample of the challenges of living with a disability
















































Crown Valley Elementary School students attempted to write with their feet to help teach them what life would be like without use of their hands as part of the school's Ability Awareness program.

Crown Valley Elementary School students experienced firsthand some of the challenges that people with physical and neurological disabilities face during the school’s Ability Awareness program Jan.14-15.
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Effects of vigorous walking exercise on core body temperature and inhibitory control in thermosensitive persons with MS: STUDY

































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Thursday

 

Don’t Let MS Become Your Whole Life















By Matt Allen G—February 3, 2016

After I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010 I told myself that MS would not become my identity. It would not keep me from doing the things I loved; I would always find a way to beat MS and if I stopped doing something simply because MS was making it hard for me that would mean that MS won. I don’t like to lose. At first, I did really well at maintaining my hobbies but then again, at first, my MS really was not that bad. Occasional pins and needles, drop foot, stuff like that. My attitude was as positive as ever!
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Off Label Medications now available for MS: VIDEO






















More than 6,500 Connecticut residents are affected by multiple sclerosis, a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
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MS drug influences John Cunningham virus antibody levels




























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The multiple sclerosis treatment Tysabri (natalizumab) may be associated with increased levels of John Cunningham virus antibodies, indicating increased risk for fatal brain disease caused by the infection, according to recent data.
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MS patients who undergo infertility treatments have higher relapse rates


























Multiple sclerosis patients who undergo infertility treatments have higher relapse rates. Multiple sclerosis can bring upon many health complications, infertility being one of them. Research published in Annals of Neurology found that multiple sclerosis patients who undergo assisted reproduction technology (ART) face a higher risk of disease activity and multiple sclerosis relapse.
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Factors affecting dignity of patients with MS: STUDY





















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Wednesday

 

MS Patient and ‘Sopranos’ Actress Takes MS Struggle Public

































Jamie Lynn Sigler says husband and son inspire her to fight the disease

Millions of television viewers who watched the popular HBO mob drama series “The Sopranos” saw actress Jamie Lynn Sigler grow from a teen into a young woman as Meadow Soprano, the independent-minded daughter of mafia boss Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini.
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Even Small Window Panes Let in the Light
























One night over the winter, a small group of overwatered lads tossed a rock through an old, thick, and very large shop window in our little town. This plate of glass was wider than the span of my outstretched arms. It was a shame to see it replaced with a more modern, three-pane window.
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Syracuse's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Set to Open























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Syracuse's first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open this week. Etain LLC will open for registered patients Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. But, the dispensary is holding an open house Tuesday at its new facility on Erie Boulevard.  Brad Vivacqua is outside of the facility and has details on this.
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Rosacea associated with RA, diabetes, celiac disease, MS





















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Rosacea had a significant association with type 1 diabetes mellitus, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, according to recently published study results.
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An Empirical Investigation of a Biopsychosocial Model of Pain in MS: STUDY






































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