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Saturday

 

Jamie-Lynn Sigler MS: Actress Shares Holiday Plans, Daily Struggles With Disease



























Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been out of the spotlight for a little while dealing with MS, and now she's back in the spotlight and talking about her health issues, raising awareness and making sure everyone who lives with the disease feels supported. Getty

Ever since her reveal of her MS diagnosis, Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been very instrumental in spreading awareness about the disease and connecting with others who suffer the same affliction. The actress who is known for her role in the hit HBO television series "The Sopranos" is opening up about her future plans and how MS is fitting into her life.
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Beating the MS Clock



























I’m 68 years old.  I’ve had multiple sclerosis since I was 32. I’m not sure where I expected this disease would take me when I was diagnosed 36 years ago, but I hoped that MS wouldn’t steal too much of my life from me.  I certainly never thought of the possibility that I might live to a really old age as an MS patient.
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Friday

 

Montel Williams on Tackling TBI, MS and medical marijuana























Television personality Montel Williams spoke to supporters of a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.  DANNY JOHNSTON/AP

Montel Williams was once best known for his talk show, “The Montel Williams Show,” but in recent years the TV personality has become known as a vocal advocate for various causes, including veterans’ issues, MS and medical marijuana. 
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MS: Newly discovered signal mechanism causes T cells to turn pathogenic


























This microscopic image of fixed cells shows how a dendritic cell presents the messenger substance interleukin 6 (IL-6) to a T cell. The nuclei of the T and dendritic cell are colored green, the cell body of the dendritic cell is shown in grey. The white dots correspond to IL-6-IL-6 Ralpha complex. Credit: Thomas Korn / TUM

MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the patient's own cells. In this case, modified T cells destroy the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells. Myelin protects the neural pathways and is thus essential to the ability of nerve cells to transmit information.
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Thursday

 

Let the Sun Shine (Moderately) on Your MS
























I love it when the sun is shining.

I spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, despite the impact of the heat on my MS. I love the warmth and the brightness. So, I lather up with sunscreen and I figure that, at least for me, the rewards of being in the sun outweigh the risks.
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Cognitive Performance in Subjects With MS is Robustly Influenced by Gender in Canonical-Correlation Analysis































Image Source: MIRKA-KEZERLE

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The authors explored the relations between clinical/demographic characteristics and performance on a neuropsychological battery (eight tests) in a cohort (N=46) of multiple sclerosis (MS) subjects. Findings resulted from a secondary analysis of a study examining the relationships between imaging biomarkers in MS and cognitive tasks of executive functioning. The objective was to determine whether the overlapping test results could be judiciously combined and associated with clinical/demographic variables. Canonical-correlation analysis (CCA) was utilized, and it was found that differences between performance on untimed tests, and the sum of performance on timed Trail-Making Tests, Parts A and B, best matched clinical/demographic variables, and gender was the most important feature.


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Wednesday

 

The Role of Anger in MS


























Internalizing angry feelings in MS Is linked to a poorer quality of life.

Anger is an emotional complication of multiple sclerosis that is believed to result from the disease itself. Keeping angry thoughts bottled up is also associated with a poorer quality of life, according to one 2015 study in Multiple Sclerosis.
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The Question “How are you feeling?” And The Mixed Feelings It Can Cause















If there is one question that those with a chronic illness like multiple sclerosis hear a lot, it’s “How are you feeling?” or some variation of it. It may seem like something so simple, so common, but it’s something that stirs up mixed emotions for someone like me. At times, it can be an extremely positive measure, that I’m very thankful for. However, other times, it can leave me feeling a little down depending on the circumstances. Regardless of how it makes you feel, it’s a question you are going to encounter often and it’s good to be prepared to hear it.
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Tuesday

 

Making Sense Of MS
































I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006. Although my life has taken many twists and turns since then, I’ve kept my chin up with my own brand of spectacularly relentless optimism.
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Let’s talk about SEX and MS






















According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society:
Sexual problems are often experienced by people with MS, but they are very common in the general population as well. Sexual arousal begins in the central nervous system, as the brain sends messages to the sexual organs along nerves running through the spinal cord. If MS damages these nerve pathways, sexual response — including arousal and orgasm — can be directly affected. Sexual problems also stem from MS symptoms such as fatigue or spasticity, as well as from psychological factors relating to self-esteem and mood changes.
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Monday

 

Country crooner Clay Walker battles MS with wife by his side: VIDEO





















Twenty years ago, country star Clay Walker was playing basketball with friends while on tour in Canada when he started feeling sick. He couldn’t keep his balance, was having trouble seeing and had numbness in his extremities. While he jokes that his original thoughts were that he had too much wine the night before, the reality was much more serious. Walker was suffering from symptoms of MS, a chronic, incurable disease that attacks the central nervous system.
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Improves MS-Related Fatigue

























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Severe fatigue related to MS can be effectively reduced with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a study suggests.
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Sunday

 

Mapping the biology of drug-resistant MS





















A microscope view of neurons (green) and immune cells (red) inside the brain of a mouse with a drug-resistant form of a disease closely related to MS.
Credit: Courtesy of Mari Shinohara

For more than 15 years, people suffering from multiple sclerosis have relied on a drug called interferon-beta to prevent flare-ups of the disease and avoid its crippling neurological symptoms.
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Bladder issues with MS

















I’ve blogged on this issue before but I wanted to revisit it again. I HAVE BLADDER ISSUES. I can have both hesitancy and incontinence. However, my incontinence is more that I get the feeling I have to go to the bathroom and have a very short amount of time to get there.  What happens, and this I’ll never understand, is as I get closer to the bathroom that’s when my bladder starts to release, thus the accident. I wanted to bring this issue up again is for a two reasons. First, because it’s an embarrassing issue and people who have it need to know they are not alone. Second, because I started taking my medicine again for it and it’s made such a difference.
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Saturday

 

Out of bad comes good: three MS stories


Janice Perkins, Lynn Long, and Calvin Foster

Lynn Long was standing beside his car just after showing a piece of property to a client on Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe when his leg gave out. Days later a doctor told him he had multiple sclerosis.
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New Research into T-cells May Lead to Immune-based Therapies for MS, Other Diseases



A recent study published in Nature Communications showed, for the first time, that a protein complex called LUBAC is responsible for controlling the late-stage development of immune T-cells before they are released into the bloodstream.
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Friday

 

MS: Patients Make Gains on High-Dose Biotin


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High-dose biotin may be an effective treatment for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), according to recent research. A paper published in Multiple Sclerosis Journal, authored by Professor Ayman Tourbah of the Department of Neurology and Faculty of Medicine at the University Hospital Center in Reims, France, and colleagues describes the study.
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Kennedy: MS, the great time thief, held at bay by 95-year-old































Louise Miller, 95, and her daughter, Susan English, at Manor House Assisted Living and Memory Care on Mountain Creek Road. (Photo by Mark Kennedy)
Photo by Mark Kennedy /Times Free Press.

MS is an insidious companion.


Sometimes, it ducks into the shadows. Other times, it jumps out with menace. Always, it tests a person's character.

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Thursday

 

Lack of Sun Exposure as Harmful to Health as Sunburns, Study Reports


























People are going out of their way to avoid direct sunlight and, in the process, becoming ever more vulnerable to serious ills that appear to be countered by moderate sun and ultraviolet light exposure, from cancer and heart disease to MS, according to dermatologists and other health experts in an extensive review of literature on the benefits and risks of being outdoors on sunny days.
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ACT for MS to Host Annual ‘A Stroll Down Christmas Tree Lane


























Proceeds from the tickets are to benefit local patients with MS.

ACT for MS has captured the spirit of the season in their festive, celebrity-infused Christmas Tree Auction and entertainment filled . The 16th Annual ‘A Stroll Down Christmas Tree Lane” will be held Thursday, December 1, at Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are  and benefit local patients with MS.
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Wednesday

 

Information Overload Precedes Lemtrada Infusions






























You know the saying about having too much of a good thing? I think that’s me, right now, as I think about starting infusions of the MS drug Lemtrada on December 5.
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10 Ways to Avoid Becoming Invisible With an Invisible Disease























My name is Trevis L. Gleason, and I live with MS. MS is a neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system that can affect all aspects of life — the visible and the invisible.
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Tuesday

 

How My MS Taught Me to Let Go of Negativity




I consider myself to be a positive person. I believe I am open, respectful, honest and generous. I live day to day achieving small tasks, completing chores, tending to my children’s happy life and my family’s love. I share my blessings with my neighbors and my community. I smile all day because I find it to be the best medicine for my MS.
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Former Fox 2 anchor with MS joins the politics of pot
















































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When television news anchors sign off for the last time, some take cushy retirements while others land in politics or on a college faculty.
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Monday

 

Nearly 17 Years With MS: Some Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Diagnosed

















By Devin Garlit

Wow, times sure flies as you get older, doesn’t it?  As I write this, I’ve been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis for 16 years (actually, closer to 17, my MSiversary is in February).  That’s a significant period of time, so I thought it’d be interesting to look back and mention some things that I learned along the way and wish I knew at the time.  While I’ve been diagnosed for a long time, I want to mention that my grandfather also had MS, and some of my thoughts here are not only from my experience but also from witnessing his.  As always, let me first remind you all that those of us with Multiple Sclerosis are all different.  I firmly believe we all need to find out what works for each of us on our own.  That said, I’ve always found it interesting to see what folks would have done differently or at least what they wish they knew.  So I hope this can be of some benefit to someone.
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Patients call county supervisors over SRHS action; Millette responds: VIDEO





















William Deaton and his wife, Michelle, question why Singing River Health Systems removed Dr. Terry Millette from their practice and worry about what will become of the care for his MS. John Fitzhugh Sun Herald

Patients are calling their county supervisors over Singing River Health System’s abrupt closure of the office of neurologist Dr. Terry Millette.
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Sunday

 

Avoiding Sick People

















By Ashley Ringstaff

It’s that time of year, where all of the viruses and infections are going around. Trust me, I just experienced it with my oldest son having strep, and I think he shared.  I try to avoid people that are sick, but that’s obviously not an option when your  or someone you live with is sick.
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'No Evidence of Disease Activity' in MS: What Is NEDA, Anyway?




























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Since the first disease-modifying therapy (DMT) for MS was approved by the FDA in 1993, medications for MS have been developed to slow down the disease. Many have been shown in clinical studies to reduce the frequency of relapse and slow the accumulation of permanent disability.
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Saturday

 

New Way of Scanning Brain Captures Onset of Inflammation in MS Mice and Patients





































Advances in brain imaging are making it possible to visualize early and ongoing events in MS — beginning with the first signs of inflammation caused by immune cells entering the brain.
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