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Friday

 

Airway Infections May Be More Common in MS Due to Altered Immune Response in Lungs






















Disease processes in MS likely contribute to the increased sensitivity to airway infections seen in MS patients, a series of experiments in mice demonstrated.
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I was fit, 24 - and diagnosed with MS: Woman reveals pain of fighting progressive chronic disease that could eventually shut down all her muscles
































Megan Tyler had no reason to suspect anything was wrong.

The 26-year-old from Canada did CrossFit and yoga seven days a week. She also worked in health and fitness PR, so she knew how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
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Thursday

 

How to Survive an MRI If You are Claustrophobic























A key test for identifying MS during diagnosis, or to confirm a relapse, is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI.) For those who’ve never had to undergo an MRI, the thought of having this test might be terrifying. Being encased in a magnetic tube that, when operational, sends out deafening noise and requires complete stillness can be intimidating.
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Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) combined with computer games at home reduces cognitive symptoms of MS: VIDEO



























Close-up of tDCS equipment used in the study. Credit: Peter Ross for NYU Langone Medical Center

Patients with multiple sclerosis had better problem solving ability and response time after training with a technology called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), according to a new study published February 22, 2017 in Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface.
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Wednesday

 

The Hurt and Loneliness of Living with MS






























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By Cathy Chester

I’ve got loneliness on my mind and I’d like to, as the author Elizabeth Lesser says, break myself open.
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Model helps explain why some patients with MS have seizures




























Credit: I. Pittalwala, UC Riverside.

MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that affects nearly 2.3 million people worldwide. MS is triggered when the immune system attacks the protective covering around nerve fibers, called the myelin sheath. The "demyelination" that follows damages nerve cells and causes impaired exchange of information between the brain and body as well as within the brain itself.
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Tuesday

 

6 Hand Exercises for MS


























Hand exercises enable you to better perform activities that require hand strength and fine motor skills. Corbis

MS can affect your hands’ ability to feel, as well as their strength and dexterity. These specialized movement therapy exercises can help.
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Does your MS Fatigue and Energy Need a Boost?





















Does your MS fatigue and energy need a boost? I know mine does; having multiple sclerosis drains my battery very quickly. Add to that a terrible cold I had recently, and my fatigue has doubled, and my energy has left the building!
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Monday

 

MS Drug Costs: The Elephant in the Examination Room


























A lot of factors go into our decisions when we select the drug we’re going to use to fight our MS.

How well will it work? What are the possible side effects and how serious could they be? How will using the drug (taking a pill, giving myself a shot, getting an infusion), affect my lifestyle? And, more than I think some people realize, what will the drug cost me?
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Vision Loss Prevention in Patients with MS
























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Scientists may have found a way to prevent vision loss in patients with MS.

Optic neuritis is the demyelinating inflammation of the optic nerve, which causes mild to moderate permanent loss of vision, but rarely complete blindness. Approximately half of patients living with MS experience optic neuritis, and for some, it can even be the first symptom of their chronic disease.
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Sunday

 

Overrated Things About Having MS




















By Laura Kolaczkowski

Overrated 
(of something) considered to be better than it really is” – Cambridge dictionary.

Over-rated is a buzz word these days ever since a high-profile person’s tweet went out about a famous actress being overrated. It got me started thinking about what else might be overrated and I immediately came up with this list of things we might have because we have multiple sclerosis that are also over rated.
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MS Love and Care, as Only a Superwife Can Provide



























Thoughts of love were brought to the forefront of many people’s minds on Valentine’s Day, which is widely celebrated by couples both young and not so young. They usually buy cards and enjoy romantic dinners.
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Saturday

 

Are Anxious Times Causing My Dreams About Disability Discrimination?






















These are anxious times.

No matter where in the world you reside, which side of any political aisle you align yourself with, or who you are, these are times of unknown, of major change, and of major, unknown change.
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7 Strange and Unusual Symptoms of MS
































MS is a disease which is unique to each patient, which means no two people suffer from identical symptoms. While there are many symptoms MS patients share such as pain and chronic fatigue, there are also some very strange and unusual symptoms that some may experience.  We’ve put together a list of some of the stranger symptoms of the disease based on information from verywell.com and healthcentral.com.
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Friday

 

Nocturnal leg cramps can ruin your sleep!


























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By TK Sellman

I only have two pain-related symptoms of multiple sclerosis, migraines and nocturnal leg cramps. I can usually nip the migraines in the bud with a large cup of strong coffee (I live in Starbucks land, so that’s not a problem, ever!), but leg cramps for me are a bit more tricky, especially because they interrupt my sleep.
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Researchers develop new automated platform for in-depth analyses of MRI scans







































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One of the main tools doctors use to detect diseases and injuries in cases ranging from MS to broken bones is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the results of an MRI scan take hours or days to interpret and analyze. This means that if a more detailed investigation is needed, or there is a problem with the scan, the patient needs to return for a follow-up.
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Thursday

 

Stress and MS: Webinar from IOMSN Helps Manage Daily Stress



















When you live with multiple sclerosis, stress is unavoidable. Your first experience with the stress of MS is when you’re diagnosed. As you move forward, you begin experiencing not only “normal” stress, but also the stress of living with a chronic illness.
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Cladribine Tablets Reduce Brain Atrophy in MS Patients, Merck Study Finds


























Merck has recently published Phase 3 clinical data showing that Cladribine tablets reduced the annualized rate of brain volume loss (BVL, brain atrophy) compared to placebo in patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS).
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Wednesday

 

New Compound, ST266, May Prevent Optic Neuritis Linked to MS

































Researchers have tested a new compound called ST266 in a mouse model of MS and found that its anti-inflammatory properties prevent the loss of cells related to optic neuritis — a condition that leads to vision loss.
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MS: Where Do Efforts Stand Against Its Elusive Progressive Form?





























“We’re making headway in the understanding of progressive MS and starting to change the traditional attitude that it’s untreatable.” So says Cleveland Clinic neurologist Daniel Ontaneda, MD, MSc, in recapping an invited review of progressive MS he recently co-authored for The Lancet (2016 Nov 23 [Epub ahead of print])
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Tuesday

 

Optical coherence tomography segmentation analysis in relapsing remitting versus progressive MS


















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Abstract

Introduction:
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) with retinal segmentation analysis is a valuable tool in assessing axonal loss and neuro-degeneration in multiple sclerosis (MS) by in-vivo imaging, delineation and quantification of retinal layers. There is evidence of deep retinal involvement in MS beyond the inner retinal layers. The ultra-structural retinal changes in MS in different MS phenotypes can reflect differences in the pathophysiologic mechanisms. There is limited data on the pattern of deeper retinal layer involvement in progressive MS (PMS) versus relapsing remitting MS (RRMS). We have compared the OCT segmentation analysis in patients with relapsing-remitting MS and progressive MS.
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Naturopathic Approach Has Made Gains in Quest to Lose Weight























For many years I have been fighting the battle of the bulge while trying to decipher and combat many food intolerances. Every year I seem to come up short in the battle with losing weight, but I continue to try to shed the pounds.
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Monday

 

Why Can’t Some MS Docs Communicate with Their Patients?
























Browsing through some MS Facebook groups the other day I was reminded of the line from the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke: “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
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Former Samsung worker’s MS ruled a work-related disease





























Samsung Display factory in Giheung, Gyeonggi Province

Samsung ordered to compensate former worker for medical treatment costs related to rare ailment

A court has ruled that the MS of a former worker on the LCD production line at Samsung Electronics (the line is now part of Samsung Display) is a work-related disease. Not only is it extremely rare for multiple sclerosis to be acknowledged as a work-related disease, but this is also the first work-related disease to be recognized at Samsung’s LCD line.
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