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Friday

 

VIDEO: Woman Learns to Walk Again














Practice makes perfect. That’s the mantra a woman named Cynthia took to heart while teaching herself how to walk again. 
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VIDEO: Brenda Banwell, MD, Discusses Treatment Options for Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis















Brenda Banwell, MD, Chief, Division of Neurology, Professor of Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said that there are 3 areas of treatment associated with pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS). The first is the treatment of the acute attack. The acute attack, or relapse, is treated the same in both pediatric and adult cases with corticosteroids or immunoglobulin.
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VIDEO: Thieves steal Segway from Doctor with Multiple Sclerosis



OMAHA, Neb. —KETV Crime Stoppers connects with an Omaha doctor who was robbed of the device that helps him make his rounds.
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VIDEO: Cervical Vertigo














Dr. Steven D. Rauch

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Neuropsychological features in childhood and juvenile multiple sclerosis: STUDY

Thursday

 

Vitamin D Levels Predict Multiple Sclerosis Progression























Among people with early-stage multiple sclerosis (MS), those with higher blood levels of vitamin D had better outcomes during 5 years of follow-up. Identifying and correcting vitamin D insufficiency could aid in the early treatment of MS.
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Bacterial toxin potential trigger for multiple sclerosis



















Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College have added to the growing body of evidence that multiple sclerosis may be triggered by a toxin produced by common foodborne bacteria. The presented their research at the 2014 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting.
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The Best Multiple Sclerosis Blogs of 2014

 

Multiple Steps for Multiple Sclerosis Fun Run in Napier

















The Multiple Steps for Multiple Sclerosis Fun Run in Napier is a Wednesday evening 5km and 10km fun run and walk to help raise funds to help MS sufferers in Hawkes Bay. These events follow a challenging, interesting course with stunning views.
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Voxel-based cervical spinal cord mapping of diffusion abnormalities in MS-related myelitis: STUDY

Wednesday

 

Medical Marijuana May Ease Some MS Symptoms, Study Concludes





















Medical marijuana can help relieve some symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but whether it can benefit patients with other neurological disorders is still unclear, according to a new review by top neurologists.
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Novel cognitive study shows improvement in self-awareness with task experience in multiple sclerosis













A new study of self-awareness by Kessler Foundation researchers shows that persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) may be able to improve their self-awareness through task-oriented cognitive rehabilitation.
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Earl Campbell returns to Hood



















Former Houston Oilers running back, Pro Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell visited the Soldiers and civilians of Fort Hood Friday during a meet-and-greet at the Clear Creek Commissary.
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Mindfulness-based interventions in multiple sclerosis: beneficial effects of Tai Chi on balance, coordination, fatigue and depression.














Patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) experience a wide array of symptoms, including balance problems, mobility impairment, fatigue and depression. Physical exercise has recently been acknowledged as a treatment option complementary to medication. However, information regarding putative effects of structured exercise programs on neurological symptoms is sparse. Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art incorporating physical exercise and mindfulness training, has been shown to yield health benefits in various neurological groups. It seems particularly suitable for patients with motoric deficits as it challenges coordination and balance.
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Validation of the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule II (WHODAS-II) in patients with multiple sclerosis

Tuesday

 

Neurology Times Provides Special Coverage of Multiple Sclerosis








UBM Medica US reported at that Neurology Times, an online community and information resource for neurologists and other healthcare providers features special coverage on multiple sclerosis, devoted to fostering better treatment of patients who have the disorder.

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A Digital Search for the Long-Dead Grandmother I Never Knew














After three years of haphazard searching for a great uncle I never knew, I’m ready to conclude that there are many Irving Feldmans scattered across the continent.
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Medical marijuana may cost patients top dollar















When Jim Champion goes to a medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois for the first time, his wife, Sandy, plans to take a picture to mark the victory, after years of fighting for an alternative treatment for his multiple sclerosis.
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Copaxone FDA Review Slugfest Leaves Investors Fuzzy














Teva is stubbornly defending its blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone, talking up gene expression data and the safety concerns of generic variants. But rival Mylan says it has engaged diligently with the FDA and that, barring administrative hurdles, it may be closer to final approval.
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Multiple Sclerosis State of the Art (SMART): A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Therapy’s Adherence, Hospital Reliability’s Perception, and Services Provided Quality

Monday

 

BETTER ACCESS BRINGS RELIEF - Pain sufferer sparks Handi-Transit review
















When Diane Driedger beat breast cancer in 2009, she also lost her Handi-Transit service, even though chronic fibromyalgia often still laid her low with pain and fatigue.
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Problematic clinical features of powered wheelchair users with severely disabling multiple sclerosis

 

Man sheds an incredible 17st in two years after being left horrified by social media


























When Matthew Briggs, 32, from Huntington in North Yorkshire noticed that his father had posted a photo of them together on Facebook, he was initially pleased.
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How could a games console help MS patients?
















Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) may be able to benefit significantly from taking part in activities on a popular games console, according to a new study.
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Arizona Man Thrives As Triathlon Competitor Despite 30 Years Of MS


















Mark Van Meter was 21 when he received the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Doctors told Van Meter that he could not exercise and that he had to stay out of the heat. That is a hard order to follow in Arizona.
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Sunday

 

Multiple Sclerosis Doesn’t Slow ‘Adrenaline Junkie’ Jack Osbourne

 

GeNeuro Successful Phase 2a Clinical Study Reinforces Novel Approach to Treat Multiple Sclerosis



















GeNeuro SA, a pioneer of new therapies for neurology disorders, announced today positive results from a one-year, open-label extension of a Phase IIa study. GeNeuro tested its monoclonal antibody GNbAC1 in 10 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, nine of which had primary or secondary progressive disease. GNbAC1 targets the MSRV-Env protein expressed by genes of endogenous retroviral origin, which GeNeuro believe plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of MS.
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MSer shares tips on how changing her diet led to her recovery


























In a reversal that took Dr. Terry Wahls from physician to patient, she developed multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000, and the road ahead looked bleak. Within three years after her diagnosis, she was devastated to learn that, despite taking all the newest drugs, she now had second stage progressive MS even though she was told that spontaneous remission was not possible. So she continued with chemotherapy and miracle drugs, her health in a slow but sure state of decline.
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Reducing Falls The Fun Way...

























Falls are common in people with multiple sclerosis, and roughly half of these falls are said to result in an injury requiring medical attention. Targeted physiotherapy interventions like balance exercises are recommended for people with multiple sclerosis to enhance balance and prevent falls. New research now suggests a promising tool to help people with multiple sclerosis reduce their risk of accidental falls.
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Man's other best friend: Horses have restorative powers















Until she started working with therapy horses, Elaine Richter’s daughter, Rebecca, was largely detached from the world. Now, Rebecca exudes self-confidence and connects more with people.
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Saturday

 

Scientists discover how to “switch off” autoimmune diseases




















Scientists have made an important breakthrough in the fight against debilitating autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis by revealing how to stop cells attacking healthy body tissue.
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VIDEO: Country singer Julie Roberts says 'I do not have to give up on my dreams'

 

ABC VIDEO: CAN CANNABIS HELP?

 

Legislature May Require Insurers To Track Patient Cost-Sharing














Californians may no longer be required to tabulate and file their out-of-pocket expenses for reimbursement if a new Senate bill passes its final review in the California Legislature over the next few weeks.
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Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting Underscore Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (TEVA)’s Commitment To Developing Solutions To Meet The Needs Of The Multiple Sclerosis Community














Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) today announced that more than 20 company-sponsored abstracts including data on COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) and laquinimod, an investigational therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS), will be featured at the MS Boston 2014: Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, September 10 – 13, 2014.
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Friday

 

NEW DISCOVERY FOR FIGHTING AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

























A new study shows there may be a way to prevent certain autoimmune diseases. English researchers say they have identified a way to stop cells from destroying healthy tissue. Published in Nature Communications, the study was conducted by scientists at the University of Bristol.
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VIDEO: Medical marijuana: Unproven cure-all or good option for New York's seriously ill?

























Donna Romano would like to swallow marijuana oil to treat her multiple sclerosis and seizure disorder. Romano could buy it if she lived in Colorado where the drug is legal and available in many different forms.
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Video: Study shows possible birth control, multiple sclerosis link














Read how researchers compared more than 300 women with MS to more than 3,000 women without it and found those who used hormonal contraceptives were 35 percent more likely to develop MS than those who did not use them
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Breakthrough in switching off cells gives hope to MS sufferers


















Scientists say they have discovered how to "switch off" diseases caused by defects in sufferers' immune systems, such as multiple sclerosis, raising hopes of treatments that could improve the lives of millions worldwide.
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Cannabidiol inhibits lung cancer cell invasion and metastasis via intercellular adhesion molecule-1


























Cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell invasion via increasing tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1).
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Thursday

 

Expanded Data on Disability and Cognitive Improvements in Phase II Study of Synthetic Biologics' Trimesta in Multiple Sclerosis to be Presented at 2014 Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting












Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, M.D.

Synthetic Biologics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: SYN), a biotechnology company developing novel anti-infective biologic and drug candidates targeting specific pathogens that cause serious infections and diseases, announced today that Rhonda Voskuhl, M.D., the lead investigator of the Phase II clinical trial evaluating Trimesta™, the Company's oral product candidate for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), is scheduled to present additional clinical outcome data, including more detailed results on cognitive and disability measures. The data will be presented at the 2014 Joint Americas and European Committees for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis Meeting (ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS) in Boston.
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Medical Marijuana May Ease Some MS Symptoms, Study Concludes





















Medical marijuana can help relieve some symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but whether it can benefit patients with other neurological disorders is still unclear, according to a new review by top neurologists.
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Earl Campbell returns to Hood


























Former Houston Oilers running back, Pro Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell visited the Soldiers and civilians of Fort Hood Friday during a meet-and-greet at the Clear Creek Commissary.
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Data To Be Presented At MS Boston 2014: Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting Underscore Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (TEVA)s Commitment To Developing Solutions To Meet The Needs Of The MS Community




















JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) today announced that more than 20 company-sponsored abstracts including data on COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) and laquinimod, an investigational therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS), will be featured at the MS Boston 2014: Joint ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, September 10 – 13, 2014.
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CSF isoprostane levels are a biomarker of oxidative stress in multiple sclerosis

Wednesday

 

Defining the clinical course of multiple sclerosis

 

Intestinal barrier damage in multiple sclerosis



















The present study investigates whether the function of the intestines is also attacked in MS. The results, obtained from a disease model of MS in mice, shows inflammation and changes in the barrier function of the intestines early in the course of the disease. The study has been published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.
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Findings may help develop biomarkers to identify HIV patients at risk of dementia


















Since the introduction of the combination anti-retroviral therapy (cART) in the mid-90s, the life expectancy of HIV patients has significantly improved. As a result, long-term complications are becoming more relevant: almost every second HIV patient is affected by neurocognitive disorders, which can lead to dementia. It has not as yet been fully understood how these disorders occur. Researchers from Bochum have now successfully demonstrated that infected cells activate specific immune cells in a patient's brain, which subsequently display harmful behaviour and lead to the destruction of neurons. These findings may help develop biomarkers to identify risk patients and to make a therapeutic strategy possible in the long term. The study was published in the trade journalExperimental Neurology.
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Synthetic Biologics to Report Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results








Synthetic Biologics, Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel anti-infective biologic and drug candidates targeting specific pathogens that cause serious infections and diseases, announced today that it intends to release its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 on Thursday, August 14, 2014. The Company will hold an investor conference call onThursday, August 14, at 8:30 am EDT.
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Validity of Maximal Exercise Testing in People With Multiple Sclerosis and Low to Moderate Levels of Disability





















Cardiopulmonary exercise testing can be considered the gold standard for assessing cardiorespiratory fitness. Little is known about the criteria for maximal exercise testing in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and how these criteria behave across different levels of neurological disability.
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Tuesday

 

Scientists discover that multiple sclerosis cells could be switched off
























British scientists have discovered a way to switch off the cells that cause multiple sclerosis.
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GeNeuro Successful Phase 2a Clinical Study Reinforces Novel Approach To Treat Multiple Sclerosis

 

After a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis...
























Learn more about this condition, including possible causes, treatments and how to get help. The Criteria for a Diagnosis of MS In order to make a diagnosis of MS, the physician must: Find evidence of damage in at least two separate areas of the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves AND Find evidence that the damage occurred at least one month apart AND Rule out all other possible diagnosesIn 2001, the International Panel on the Diagnosis of MS.
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Treatment Plan Should Include Education, Nutrition and Appropriate Medication



















There is as yet no cure for MS. Many patients do well with no therapy at all, especially since many medications have serious side effects and some carry significant risks. However, three forms of beta interferon (Avonex, Betaseron and Rebif) have now been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of relapsing-remitting MS.
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