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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



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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




















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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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Is Multiple Sclerosis Increasing? And if so, why?

























Yup, multiple sclerosis seems to be increasing, possibly a lot. Once a rare disease, MS is now the most common neurological disorder affecting young adults of northern European descent. In the U.S. alone, an estimated 266,000 to 400,000 people currently have it.
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Evotec announces three research projects for treatment of multiple sclerosis











Evotec AG, a drug discovery and development company, has entered into three novel research projects for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, or MS, supported by research funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, or BMBF.

 

Autoimmune diseases such as MS might be curbed by reintroducing parasitic worms into our bodies.


















Rates of autoimmune disorders—including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes—are relatively high across the developed world. According to the idea known as the “hygiene hypothesis,” there is a direct link between these high rates and Western society’s obsession with sterile, germ-free environments. Is it possible that improved hygiene, by ridding our bodies of parasitic worms (also known as helminths) and beneficial bacteria, made way for the newer problems of immune-mediated diseases?
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The vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) score: a promising tool for evaluation of brainstem involvement in multiple sclerosis

























The aim of this study was to explore the role of the newly developed vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) score as a possible marker of brainstem involvement in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Interpretation of the oVEMP and cVEMP results in the form of the VEMP score enables better evaluation of brainstem involvement than either of these evoked potentials alone and correlates well with disability.
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Multiple sclerosis and seizures: incidence and prevalence over 40 years: STUDY

Tuesday

 

Mary Jane Tiller: Woman with MS found safe in driveway















WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The daughter of a missing Wyoming woman with multiple sclerosis says her mother was found disoriented in her driveway Thursday morning.
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Global Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Market Forecast

 

Real breakthroughs in research on multiple sclerosis











It 'been a busy month for research on multiple sclerosis (MS). I wanted to provide a brief overview of new publications in journals output vascular linking CCSVI and MS slowed to a cerebral blood flow, changes in the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and clotting factors.
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Bibliometric profile of the global scientific research on multiple sclerosis: STUDY

 

Interaction between passive smoking and two HLA genes with regard to multiple sclerosis risk: STUDY

Monday

 

Blacksburg Neurology, PC Selects WRS Health EMR and Practice Management Solutions For Neurology Medical Practices









WRS Health, a leading provider of cloud-based integrated electronic medical record and practice management solutions, announced today that Blacksburg Neurology, PC of Christianburg, VA has selected WRS Health's suite of cloud-based EMR, practice management, and patient communication services designed specifically for neurology practices.
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Pros and Cons of Chiropractic Care for MS















People with chronic diseases often seek alternative therapies to supplement traditional treatments -- and that includes those with multiple sclerosis, which can have debilitating symptoms. There’s little scientific research on chiropractic care for MS, but it’s not hard to find anecdotal support for its benefits.
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Decreased levels of repulsive guidance molecule A in association with beneficial effects of repeated intrathecal triamcinolone acetonide application in progressive multiple sclerosis patients

 

Tingling, Numbness, Balance, and More: Recognize Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms


















People with multiple sclerosis (MS) tend to have their first symptoms between the ages of 20 and 40. Usually the symptoms get better, but then come back. Some may come and go, while others linger.
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Intestinal Barrier Dysfunction Develops at the Onset of Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis, and Can Be Induced by Adoptive Transfer of Auto-Reactive T Cells: STUDY

Sunday

 

Drug Candidate for Multiple Sclerosis Shows New Promise












According to the results from a six-month Phase 2 study of 258 multiple sclerosis patients, the drug candidate RPC1063 reduced the annualized relapse rate of participants with multiple sclerosis by up to 53 percent, compared with placebo. The potential therapy also decreased the emergence of new brain damage seen by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by more than 90 percent.
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Overlook President Puts in a Century to Support National MS Cause



Alan Lieber, Overlook Medical Center (OMC) President, recently completed a 100-mile bicycle ride in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's "Bike MS: Country Challenge". It was Lieber's fifth consecutive year participating in the charity event.
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New mechanism for inhibition of the immunoproteasome revealed


















Multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and lupus have one thing in common: They are all autoimmune diseases in which the immune cells can no longer differentiate between friend or foe and thus attack the body’s own tissue. Here, the immunoproteasome, which supplies the immune system with information on processes within the cell, plays a central role. Using a novel mechanism, chemists at Technische Universität München (TUM) have now discovered a way to inhibit its functionality, thereby laying the foundation for possible optimizations of existing medications.
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Is It Time to Buy Dividend Stock Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd?


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Dividend stocks are a pivotal part of a balanced portfolio because they provide income and can help to lower the average purchase price of shares over time through dividend reinvestment plans.
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Restless legs syndrome in multiple sclerosis: STUDY

Saturday

 

Adolescent Usage of Marijuana Could Cause Long-Term Damage To Immune System




















Scientists from Italy have found that using marijuana in adolescence may do serious long-term damage to the immune system. Some of the serious consequences that could occur are multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, heumatoid arthritis in adulthood, autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammatory diseases. This new research was carried out on mice and published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, said that just because you can do it, doesn't mean that you should.
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National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hosts 1st Ever "MS Climb to the Top"

 

Aims Presents the Latest on Multiple Sclerosis Treatments








Advances in Multiple Sclerosis (AIMS), a robust curriculum of educational programs, resources, and information for clinicians, including primary care providers, neurologists and nurses, has been created by The France Foundation, The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and Nurse Practitioner Alternatives (NPA). This important program for healthcare professionals is designed to provide the most current information on advances in the treatment of MS.
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MRI Shows Correlation Between Gray Matter Myelin Loss and MS

















People with multiple sclerosis (MS) lose myelin in the gray matter of their brains and the loss is closely correlated with the severity of the disease, according to a new MRI study. Researchers said the findings could have important applications in clinical trials and treatment monitoring. The study appears online in the journal Radiology.
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Predicting therapeutic efficacy of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in individual patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) by functional genomics: STUDY

Friday

 

Vancouver police officer admits abusing authority while pushing woman to ground


















A Vancouver police officer who was captured on video pushing a disabled woman to the ground in the city's Downtown Eastside, further inflaming the department's already troubled relationship with the area's residents, admitted Monday that he abused his authority and used unnecessary force.
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The Cancer of Pensions?
















Cancer is so pervasive that it touches virtually every family in this country. More than one out of three Americans will be diagnosed with some form of it in their lifetime. And as anyone who's been through it knows, the shock and anxiety of the diagnosis is followed by a second jolt: the high price of cancer drugs.
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Multiple Sclerosis, Don’t Let It Define You














One way to understanding any disease is to talk to your doctor and another is to read about the disease from various medical sources. It is not always wise to rely on one source for information. With how much information we come across these days on the internet, it shows how much people are talking about a particular, disease, war, or anything else of great interest. One disease that is of interest is Multiple Sclerosis or MS.
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Shingles vaccine not for everyone

 

Unmet Needs of People with Severe Multiple Sclerosis and Their Carers: Qualitative Findings for a Home-Based Intervention: STUDY

Thursday

 

5 Bone-Building Tips for People With MS















How to Support Bone Strength
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Why are Americans more depressed today














US citizens are more depressed now than they have been in decades but most of them are not aware of their conditions, says a new study. Analysing data from 6.9 million adolescents and adults from all over the country, the study found that people in the US now report more psycho-somatic symptoms of depression, such as troubled sleep and trouble in concentrating, than their counterparts in the 1980s.
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Findings from University Hospital Provides New Data on Multiple Sclerosis (Efficacy of vaccination against influenza in patients with multiple sclerosis










Findings from University Hospital Provides New Data on Multiple Sclerosis (Efficacy of vaccination against influenza in patients with multiple sclerosis: The role of concomitant therapies
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CMSC Announces Call for Abstracts for 2015 Annual Meeting


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