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Saturday

 

Cognitive Impairment Worse Among PPMS Than RRMS Patients, German Study Finds

















Patients with primary progressive MS (PPMS) have more severe cognitive impairment than those with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), according to a German study that analyzed published data on the topic.
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Could correcting a vitamin D deficiency reduce the risk of MS? VIDEO




































© Provided by AFPRelaxNews Correcting a vitamin D deficiency may reduce the risk of MS according to new research.

New large-scale European research has found that vitamin D levels in the blood could predict a person's future risk of developing MS.
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Concussion in adolescence and risk of MS







































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Objective:

To assess whether concussion in childhood or adolescence is associated with subsequent MS risk. Previous research suggests an association but methodological limitations included retrospective data collection and small study populations.
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Vitamin D supplementation may decrease seasonal relapse rate among MS patients




























A study published by the journal, Brain and Behavior, found that MS patients who supplemented with vitamin D during the winter and spring months experienced a 50% decrease in relapses annually.
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£6million snatched from MS sufferers in cruel Personal Independence Payments crackdown





























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Thousands of people living with MS have lost millions in benefits since the introduction of Personal ­Independence Payments.
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Making Plans with an Unpredictable Disease



















I love getting together with family and friends, volunteering at the golden retriever rescue, attending events and keeping my calendar full. It is fulfilling to make plans, but as many of you with MS know, it is a paradox. The very plans that bring hope and happiness also can bring anxiety and uncertainty.
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The Most Surprising Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
























Problems with speech or swallowing are among the rarer symptoms of MS.Getty Images

Most people with MS experience pain, fatigue, and mobility issues, but there are other, less-common symptoms.

When you have MS, the signals between your brain and spinal cord go awry, causing pain, fatigue, and reduced mobility as the disease progresses. Some people with MS have only a few symptoms of the disorder, while others have many. You may find that your MS symptoms come and go, while others find them long-lasting.
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How Laughter Can Help People with MS
























A new clinical trial is under way to study how laughter can help ease depression and anxiety for people with neurological disorders.

Laughing may be a way to a healthier lifestyle for people with neurological diseases.
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House Democrats Start MS Drug Price Probe

























House Democrats have started what they called an “in-depth” investigation into the pricing of drugs for neurological condition MS, the latest attempt by U.S. politicians to pressure manufacturers to lower costs.
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Can Music Help MS Patients Feel Better?





























“The pulsations of rhythm can help patients with spastic gait retrain their brain’s circuitry and override the damaged areas.” (GETTY IMAGES)

“I think music in itself is healing,” singer-songwriter Billy Joel once said. As it turns out, the popular musician may be onto something. Numerous scientific studies are singing the praises of music for its ability to enhance our overall health and well-being. For MS patients, melodies may offer an additional chorus of physical and emotional benefits.
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MS vs. fibromyalgia: Similarities, differences and treatments





























There is no known cure for fibromyalgia or MS. Both are life-altering and have similar symptoms.
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Catching the Flu Can Trigger an MS Relapse by Activating Glial Cells, Study Suggests






















Coming down with the flu can provoke relapses in MS patients by activating glial cells that surround and protect nerve cells. In a study in mice, scientists found that activated glial cells increase the levels of a chemical messenger in the brain that, in turn, triggers an immune reaction and, potentially, autoimmune attacks.
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Chemicals in sunscreen found to inhibit MS in mice
































Demyelination by MS. The CD68 colored tissue shows several macrophages in the area of the lesion. Original scale 1:100. Credit: Marvin 101/Wikipedia

A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin has found that applying certain types of sunscreen to mice with an MS-like condition dissipated the symptoms of the condition. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes accidentally discovering the impact of sunscreen on mice and what testing of their results showed.
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Study: Resistance training may slow MS




































Resistance training may help slow progression of MS, a small study suggests.
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7 Strange Symptoms of MS
























MS is a disease that 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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The Minocycline Story: How Calgary pioneered a treatment to delay MS


































Dr. Luanne Metz, Professor and Head of the Division of Neurology, and Dr. V. Wee Yong, Professor and Head of Translational Neuroscience, from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute have discovered that a common acne drug, minocycline, is effective in stopping symptoms in early MS. Riley Brandt

Dr. Ganesh presents the fascinating story of how a powerful "bench-to-bedside" research collaboration in Calgary led to an affordable new treatment for patients at risk of developing MS.


I’m sitting with Mia*, a 22-year-old college student, reviewing the results of her brain scan. She recently experienced a terrifying episode where she lost the vision in her right eye over a few days followed by a gradual recovery over a few weeks.
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Women who breastfeed for more than 15 months are at 53% lesser risk to develop MS






























Women who breastfeed their baby for at least 15 months over one or more pregnancies are at 53% lesser risk to develop MS as compared to those who do not breastfeed at all or do so only for 4 months.  A recent study has claimed so far. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system digests away the protective covering of nerves. The symptoms of this disease include double vision and weakness. Though the treatment can help reduce the symptoms, but this disease cannot be cured. It can last for years or plague a person for lifetime.
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Cognitive-motor interference in MS: What happens when the gait speed is fixed?




During the last decade, numerous studies have confirmed a coupling between walking performance and cognition in people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS). Our aim was to provide new insights into a walking-cognitive dual-task (DT) in PwMS. We tested the DT phenomenon by controlling the walking speed using an instrumented treadmill. Thirty PwMS (20 women) with a mean age 40.1 (SD=12.0) participated in the study. Twenty-one healthy subjects served as controls. Each subject completed a sequence of tests: a) Normal walking (ST) – the participant walked on the instrumented treadmill at a comfortable walking speed for 1min; b) Cognitive evaluation (ST) – subjects performed two cognitive tests while seated; c) DT cognitive tests performed while walking on the treadmill at the identical speed performed during normal walking. Outcome measures were spatio-temporal parameters of gait (mean and variability), the Word List Generation Test (WLG) and the Serial-3 Subtraction Test. MS participants significantly decreased their cadence while increasing their stride length during the DT condition compared to the ST condition. Non-significant differences were observed for the WLG and Serial-3 Subtraction Cognitive Tests between the ST condition and the DT condition in both the MS and healthy groups.

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Tuesday

 

MS and Life Expectancy




























A 7-year difference in life expectancy between the MS population and the general population. Similar results were observed in study 1 (Marrie R. A. et al) and study 2 (Lunde H. M. B. et al).

According to the national MS society, MS is not a fatal illness. There are, however, rare cases of rapid disease progression that can be fatal.
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Dazed and Confused: The Cognitive Issues That Come With My MS


























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This post will not outline my adventures with medicinal marijuana nor make reference to Cheech or Matthew McConaughey. This post is about the cognitive issues that have turned my life upside down. The cognitive issues that saw me transform from a successful business woman with her own consulting company to someone sitting on a couch who can’t feed herself some days. This post is not meant to make you feel bad for me. Its purpose is to provide insight into the things that are invisible. When someone says, “But you don’t look sick” or “But you look so good,” they don’t see the frayed wires in my head wreaking havoc on the way I perceive the world.
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Monday

 

Managing the Unpredictability of MS in the Heat


























Heat and humidity can make anyone feel uncomfortable, but for the 400,000 people living with MS in the United States, warmer weather can make life particularly difficult to manage.
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How to Improve MS-Related Imbalance





One of the earliest symptoms that appeared before my MS diagnosis was imbalance. I remember turning my head to look at something and feeling slightly off-balance. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but that wobbly sensation gradually increased through the years.
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Sunday

 

The MS Phantom Itch Sure Feels Real to Me























There are MS symptoms that people can see and that we can explain. There are also invisible symptoms that can be harder to explain — except, of course, when those invisible symptoms become painfully visible.
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Dormant Herpes Virus Can Impede Repair of Myelin Sheath Whose Deterioration Causes MS, Study Reports




























A herpes virus that lies dormant in many people can hinder the repair of the neuron-protecting myelin sheath whose deterioration causes MS, a study reports.
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Saturday

 

There's An Amazing New Drug For MS Should I Try It?























Katherine Streeter for NPR

It wasn't long ago that there were no treatments for MS.

In the 1970s, some doctors used chemotherapy to treat the degenerative neurological disease. Since then, more than a dozen drugs have been developed or approved, including infusions, oral medications and self-administered shots.
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12 Ways Amazon's Alexa Can Help People with MS






















“Alexa” is Amazon’s talking service that acts as a virtual personal assistant. According to tomsguide.com, as part of the company’s Echo speaker system, the voice-activated device can pick out music tracks for you, operate other electical devices, create to-do lists, and of course help you shop.
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Friday

 

5 Hand Exercises For MS





















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MS is a disease that causes demyelination (disruption of the myelin that insulates and protects nerve cells) of spinal nerve and brain cells.

Although the exact case is unknown, it’s considered to be an autoimmune disease.
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Tips for Managing Cognitive Health With MS























According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, around 65 percent of people living with the disease suffer from some cognitive issues — most notably, memory, concentration and speed of processing information.
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