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Saturday

 

Dr. Khan publishes first comprehensive paper on MS in minority populations

















Omar Khan, M.D., professor and chair of neurology for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, is the lead author of the first comprehensive publication that encompasses the clinical, genetic, imaging and therapeutic investigations related to multiple sclerosis in minority populations in the United States.
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How Birth Date Can Affect Your Baby’s Health















The period of time shortly before and after babies are born is vital to their development and future health: research has shown that everything from a mother’s stress levels and exposure to secondhand smoke, pesticides, and pet dander can affect a child’s risk of illness down the road. But here’s something that you might not expect to have such an effect: The month in which a child is born—or in some cases, conceived.
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The Plasticity of the Brain: Guiding the Damaged Brain to Recover From Injury and the Healthy Brain to Improve Itself


















Before 1980, it was widely accepted as fact in neuroscience that the central nervous system is hardwired and fixed. The very strong belief was that after an injury in adults, such as stroke or traumatic brain injury, the brain cannot repair itself. However, over the last 20 to 30 years persuasive evidence has been accumulating rapidly that the brain is plastic throughout a person's lifespan; in effect, the adult brain can not only be rewired, it can also be structurally remodeled.
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Quantity, Not Just Quality, in New Brain Scan Method




















Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to quantify brain tissue volume, a critical measurement of the progression of multiple sclerosis and other diseases.
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Understanding the lived experience of people with multiple sclerosis and dysexecutive syndrome

Friday

 

Research could pave way for more effective drugs to treat inflammation
























Case Western Reserve professor's research could pave way to more effective drugs for inflammation
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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS IS NOT CAUSED BY VACCINES














Previous studies that had linked multiple sclerosis and vaccines may have been because of the vaccine's ability to accelerate the disease's spread without the obvious symptoms. However, it has recently been found that the vaccines do not cause/create multiple sclerosis in the patients. Scientists have researched around 4,700 people who had been vaccinated for hepatitis B (Hep B) and the human papillomavirus (HPV). It was found that these vaccines did not cause any risks of developing the disease or any other similar nervous system diseases for that matter.
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USMedicalMarijuana.net Reports Substantial Potential Increase in Tax Dollars Due to Marijuana Legalization

















USMedicalMarijuana.net reports a potentially substantial increase in tax revenue due to the legalization of marijuana in numerous states on November 4.
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Stressful life-events in childhood and risk of multiple sclerosis: a Danish nationwide cohort study

 

Information processing speed impairment and cerebellar dysfunction in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: STUDY

Thursday

 

Saatchi's 'Medical Innovation Bill' will benefit lawyers and charlatans, not patients

























This week, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt backed Lord Saatchi's Medical Innovation Bill - but this Bill offers the wrong solutions to patients suffering from terrible diseases.
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Protecting us from our cells














Our immune system defends us from harmful bacteria and viruses, but, if left unchecked, the cells that destroy those invaders can turn on the body itself, causing auto-immune diseases like type-1 diabetes or multiple sclerosis.
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TV personality and veterans crusader Montel Williams makes FL medical marijuana pitch












Montel Williams, the former host of his eponymous show, has become a full-time veterans' rights crusader recently and now he's wading into Florida politics with a pitch for the medical-marijuana constitutional amendment.
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Olympics dream of Leeds sprinter with MS


















Kadeena Cox


Kadeena Cox was rushed to hospital having had a suspected stroke aged just 23.
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Comparison of self-report sleep measures for individuals with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury: STUDY

Wednesday

 

Craven County woman treats MS with diet, exercise, and faith
























Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a familiar enemy. Thousands of people “ride for a cure” for MS in cycling-related fundraising events every year, including one in New Bern each September.
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Improvement of drug dose calculations by classroom teaching or e-learning: a randomised controlled trial in nurses



























Insufficient skills in drug dose calculations increase the risk for medication errors. Even experienced nurses may struggle with such calculations. Learning flexibility and cost considerations make e-learning interesting as an alternative to classroom teaching.
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Man With a View: Clay Walker on Why He’s in a Great Place to Have a Big Year in 2014















Clay Walker is at an interesting point in his life and career. He’s a survivor. He’s lived twice as long as doctors predicted he would when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, and he’s lasted much longer than your average Nashville hat.
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Further Validation of the Six-Spot Step Test as a Measure of Ambulation in Multiple Sclerosis




















There is preliminary evidence regarding the validity of the Six-Spot Step Test (SSST) as a promising measure of ambulatory function in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). To date, this assessment has not been subject to the same rigor and extent of psychometric evaluation as other widely-accepted measures of ambulatory (e.g., timed 25-foot walk (T25FW)).
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Internal Jugular Vein Blood Flow in Multiple Sclerosis Patients and Matched Controls: STUDY

Tuesday

 

MAN WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS HAS BEEN REPORTED MISSING FROM A SASKATOON GROUP HOME

 

Cognitive Motor Interference Rehabilitation in Persons With Multiple Sclerosis (DUETS)























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Walking and cognitive impairments are common in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). Approximately 85% of persons with MS report walking as a major limitation, whereas 65% experience cognitive dysfunction.
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Complementary Therapies to Enhance Your MS Care

















Managing multiple sclerosis could include vitamin D supplements, exercise, and a healthy diet. Find out more about alternative lifestyle tactics for MS.
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My medical adventure


















Judi Bremer

My medical adventure began unpleasantly in 1991. I was teaching high school English at Thomasville High School, and I had been taking part in an educational conference in Atlanta. My husband joined me there for a few days of fun when the conference ended. We decided to hike up Stone Mountain when my ego was wounded because people in their sixties were leaving me behind. I was 41 at the time and thought people in their sixties were old! We then came back to Thomasville, picked up our children (then ages 15, 13, and 6) and went to Epcot for a day of exhausting fun.
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Vitamin D Level in Multiple Sclerosis Patients. Could Vitamin D Level Be Routine Investigation for Multiple Sclerosis Patients? STUDY

Monday

 

Pop goes the sugar - Where sugar hides



















Imagine 16 teaspoons of sugar lined up in front of you. Sugar-shocked? Well, that's roughly how much added sugar the average Canadian gobbles up each day from prepared or packaged foods. And each of those teaspoons of sugar contains 15 calories.
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Tecfidera-Related Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) Reported

















Los Angeles, CA: The first known incidence of PML, or progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, in a patient taking Tecfidera, has been confirmed by Biogen Idec, the maker of the new treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS).
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APPROVED THERAPY TESTED ON AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES



















Laboratory tests of an approved therapeutic suggest it may treat symptoms of autoimmune diseases such as type-1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
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Medical marijuana debates continue














Light up or pop a pill? That is the question.
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Fatigue correlates with the decrease in parasympathetic sinus modulation induced by a cognitive challenge: STUDY

Sunday

 

VIDEO: Fort Wayne woman makes Volunteer Hall of Fame



















A woman who lives in Fort Wayne will be traveling down to Texas later this year, where she will get a national honor for her fundraising efforts.
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Veterans group donates $750 to Pedal for a Cure
























STEVENS POINT – Vietnam Veterans Chapter 115 Vice President Bill Boston and President Ray Pliska presented a check for $750 on Oct. 1 to Kathy Pliska and Mark Pliska, co-chairs of the Pedal for a Cure Bicycle Run.

 

ON THE STAGE: Searching for Somebody, The Return of Elvis du Pisanie, MIX TAPE, and more

















Tuesday marks the start of the 2014 AARDKLOP national arts festival in the oak-lined university town of Potchefstroom — and this year’s programme not only demonstrates the robustness of the Afrikaans theatre scene, but has been curated for a strong English component.
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Habitual Functional Electrical Stimulation Therapy Improves Gait Kinematics and Walking Performance, but Not Patient-Reported Functional Outcomes, of People with Multiple Sclerosis who Present with Foot-Drop: STUDY

 

Atorvastatin calcium in combination with methylprednisolone for the treatment of multiple sclerosis relapse: STUDY

Saturday

 

Disability discrimination in Ohio: What constitutes a disability?



















An Ohio appellate court recently ruled that a job applicant with multiple sclerosis had to demonstrate that the disease substantially limited one or more major life activities for her to be considered disabled and allege disability discrimination.
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History made in the water: 88-year-old Joyce Hampton is determined to take to the water for the MS cause















Bell Leahy at last year’s MS Swimathon at Jindalee Pool.
PICTURE: Richard Walker
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MS diagnostic method under scrutiny















A new method for obtaining cerebrospinal fluid from patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) will be presented at the 11th International Congress on Multiple Sclerosis in Tehran from October 23 to 24.
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BRIEF-AB Science says DSMB recommends continuation of phase 3 masitinib study





















Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:34:27 GMT – * Says the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) recommends the continuation of the phase 3 study of masitinib in progressive forms of multiple sclerosis
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Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation for Stiff Person Syndrome - Two Cases From the Ottawa Blood and Marrow Transplant Program: STUDY

Friday

 

VIDEO: Dr. Timothy Vollmer - There have been significant advances in the last few years about the cause of MS



Dr. Timothy Vollmer

There appears to be several different factors. One is genetics; the disease is more prevalent in people from Northern Europe. The second one is low Vitamin D levels early in life, and possibly in in-utero, increase the risk of MS subsequently," University of Colorado Doctor Tim Vollmer said.
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VIDEO: Deliberately stressing the body can suppress the immune system & may help autoimmune disorders


















The video of young Dutch adults lying barefoot and bare chested in the snow, swimming in frozen ponds, and purposely hyperventilating looks more like "Jackass" than legitimate biomedical research.
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A new pathway discovered regulating autoimmune diseases
























The main function of the immune system is to protect against diseases and infections. For unknown reasons our immune system attacks healthy cells, tissues and organs in a process called autoimmunity, which can result in diseases such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. There are currently no existing cures for these diseases.
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Advanced Cell Technology's Turnaround Has Near-Term Catalysts








Advanced Cell Technology (OTCQB:ACTC) has made great strides, especially in the last several months. When Paul Wotton decided to leave a secure high paying CEO position at Antares Pharma to come aboard a financially strapped company with a history of bad financing decisions it was a turning point at ACT (soon to be known as Ocata Therapeutics). There have been many exciting new developments recently, almost all of which are positive.
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Impaired Cerebrovascular Reactivity in Multiple Sclerosis: STUDY

Thursday

 

12 Surprising Factors That Up Your Risk of MS

 

‘The Connection’ explores potential for mind-body medicine


















PETALUMA, CA, Oct. 5, 2014 – The story is pretty straightforward. Shannon Harvey got sick, really sick, and began trying all sorts of therapies, both conventional and alternative, to get better. Then she happened to read something on Google – on page 20 of her search results, no less – that made her realize that, in her words, in order to change her health she needed to change her mind.
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Struck down - how a cruel illness has condemned a 20-year-old woman to a life of debilitating pain

























FROM active 14-year-old to wheelchair-reliant at just 20, Larissa Ralph fights a constant battle against horrific pain, the main symptom of a cruel and debilitating illness.
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Learning how to prevent falls can add years




















Mary Jane Anderson, 64, of Holly Hill, has multiple sclerosis, but she does not let her age or condition define her.
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Susceptibility weighted imaging helps to discriminate pediatric multiple sclerosis from acute disseminated encephalomyelitis: STUDY




















(Photo: Victoria Arocho for USA TODAY)
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Wednesday

 

Courtney Galiano was a Knicks City Dancer and featured in 'So You Think You Can Dance' before being hit with MS but continues her lifelong pursuit: VIDEO











Courtney Galiano was dancing before she was in kindergarten, and it led her to some of the biggest stages in the world. Galiano was a Knicks City Dancer, and she was featured in So You Think You Can Dance on Fox. Then she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, the disease that her grandmother is also battling. Galiano worked with her doctor to figure out a way to keep on dancing.
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