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Tuesday

 

National Disability Institute’s FREE Financial Wellness Webinar Series











Last year, National Disability Institute, with the support of Acorda Therapeutics, presented a free four-part Financial Wellness webinar series for individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The series was a huge success, with more than 1,200 registrants!
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Can Biogen Idec Take Wing With Tecfidera?





















Biogen Idec (NASDAQ:BIIB) generates most of its revenue from drugs for MS (multiple sclerosis), but also receives substantial sums from other disease indications. It recently has gained approval for its hemophilia therapies. Biogen has a high trailing P/E ratio, (38, at $342 per share) consistent with investors expecting continued EPS growth.
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Decision-making impairment in patients with multiple sclerosis: a case–control study

 

Findings on Monoclonal Antibodies Detailed by Investigators at University Hospital - Tysabri (Natalizumab) treatment alters the expression of T-cell trafficking...














According to news reporting originating from Lausanne, Switzerland, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "To determine the long-term effect of natalizunnab (NTZ) treatment on the expression of integrins and chenmokine receptors involved in the migration of T cells towards the central nervous system (CNS). We drew the blood of 23 patients just before starting NTZ therapy and every 12 months thereafter, for up to 48 months of treatment."
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The Unfinished Business Of Health Care Reform: Real Access To Innovative Medicines




















A year ago in this space, I wrote about the importance of adherence – patients taking prescribed medicines as directed. I cited an independent study by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, which estimated that non-adherence costs the U.S. health care system $105 billion each year.
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Monday

 

Auditory evoked potentials and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials in evaluation of brainstem lesions in multiple sclerosis: STUDY

 

Conversation with Joan Seliger Sidne

























Joan Seliger Sidney

In her new book, a Connecticut poet sings the music of our lives – births and deaths, friends and family, sickness and health
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12 Celebs Who Swear By CrossFit

























Jack Osbourne grew up in the public eye on MTV’s Meet the Osbournes, so we all watched as he transformed from a troubled teen with substance abuse issues to a healthy, happy family man. But when Osbourne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, his health became even more of a priority. He turned to CrossFit and a "pretty insane" regimen of vitamins and hormone therapies to manage his symptoms. "Right now am I going to be in a wheelchair? No," he says. "But if I don't take care of myself, who knows?"

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VIDEO: Former Memphis Griz Dancer Performs Flash Mob For Mom! (commercialappeal.com)

Brandee Evans 

She is a former Grizzlies dancer, a pro choreographer and she organized the event at Quince Nursing Home & Rehab Center to bring awareness to Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer's. Evans said her mother has multiple sclerosis and the family has been trying to apply for a Medicaid program to cover the cost of her care. She is hoping the video of the event will go viral online. Share!

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To legalise or not to legalise cannabis? Thats the question













Considering legalising the use of cannabis merits a wider debate. So here goes…….
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Sunday

 

Australian National Council on Drugs takes a deep breath on cannabis

 

Pharmaceutical cannabis is effective for treating some forms of pain, reducing nausea and helping people gain weight, but there are barriers to medical use in Australia, the federal government's principal drug advisory group says.
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NYSCF scientists one step closer to cell therapy for multiple sclerosis patients






















NEW YORK, NY (July 24, 2014) – Scientists at The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute are one step closer to creating a viable cell replacement therapy for multiple sclerosis from a patient's own cells.
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Care2 Share: Ann Pietrangelo Blogger Profile

























How long have you been blogging?
My husband, Jim, and I decided to indulge our writing bug with a personal blog back in 2007. It was only a matter of weeks until a freelance writing career was born.
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25 chronic conditions your scheme must cover
























All medical schemes have to cover their members for the diagnosis, treatment and care of these 25 chronic illnesses below.
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CYTORI SUSPENDS ENROLLMENT IN CELL THERAPY TRIALS

Cytori Therapeutics Inc said it has suspended enrollments in two trials of its experimental cell therapy for heart failure patients after a safety review. The company's shares fell 13 percent in extended trade.
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Saturday

 

VIDEO: Coping with MS: Richard M. Cohen’s 41-year journey
















For the past 41 years, author and journalist Richard M. Cohen has lived with multiple sclerosis (MS). He talked with Dr. Manny Alvarez, Senior Managing Health Editor of FoxNews.com, about living with this chronic condition.
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VIDEO: Foreign worker rules compromise man's care












Grace Davidson and son Tim

Grace Davidson talks about the struggle to find in-home caregivers to look after her son Tim, who has multiple sclerosis. Video by Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal.
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VIDEO: Doug Anthony All Stars back with unfinished funny business















That's how Tim Ferguson thinks this story should start. An arresting first line, grab attention, raise some hackles.
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Isolated cognitive relapses in multiple sclerosis: STUDY

 

'Bike MS Louisiana: Dat's How We Roll' will raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis group

















Get ready to pedal. The 31st annual Bike MS: Louisiana, a 150-mile bike ride to benefit the Louisiana office of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will be held on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5.
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Friday

 

VIDEO: Trial looks for new ways to treat progressive MS












CALGARY- Katie Gerke was just 24 when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
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VIDEO - Why not let cannabis ease sufferers pain?
















The letters columns of The Daily Telegraph do not immediately spring to mind as a rallying point for the liberalisation of this country’s drugs laws. But two correspondents yesterday drew attention to what must be the most irrational and unjust restriction of all: the ban on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
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Biogen Idec's PLEGRIDY(Peginterferon Beta-1a) Approved in the US for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis











Today Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved PLEGRIDYTM (peginterferon beta-1a), a new treatment for people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS). PLEGRIDY, the only pegylated beta interferon approved for use in RMS, is dosed once every two weeks and can be administered subcutaneously with the PLEGRIDY PEN, a new, ready-to-use autoinjector, or a prefilled syringe.
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Second annual event raises Multiple Sclerosis awareness


















Chuck Haven and his band, Signal 99, have been involved in community fundraising since the band formed in 2005.
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Team CITGO Cycles to Fight Multiple Sclerosis

















Team CITGO, the employee volunteer team at the CITGO Lemont Refinery, cycled between 35 and 200 miles to raise more than $28,000 in the 33rd Annual Bike MS: Tour de Farms Event hosted by the Greater Chicago-land Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on June 21-22, 2014. Fifty-eight Team CITGO cyclists and volunteers participated in the ride and beat last year's fundraising record by more than $10,000.
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Thursday

 

An FDA-approved multiple sclerosis drug can alter memory?


















Finding ways to enhance memory has been a goal of many research labs for a very long time. It has also been a popular topic amongst science-fiction enthusiasts and college students. What would we be capable of with the ability to remember more things? Or what if we could forget unwanted memories? Oh the possibilities! Well, these types of scientific breakthroughs are no longer just a dream as researchers have now started to identify cellular mechanisms and signaling pathways that could potentially aid in altering memory. In an article published in the most recent issue of Nature Neuroscience, researchers at the University of California Irvine have shown that an FDA-approved drug for multiple sclerosis (MS) can enhance memory extinction in mice.
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Defining a role for laquinimod in multiple sclerosis



















Multiple sclerosis (MS), an inflammatory disease affecting the central nervous system, is considered to exhibit an important neurodegenerative component as well.
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MS Patients Can Improve Their Self-Awareness with Task Experience


















A new study found that those with multiple sclerosis can boost their self-awareness through task-oriented cognitive rehabilitation.
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Cannabis a slow burner in medical benefits















HEALTH experts warn Australia is falling behind the rest of the world by turning its back on the potential medical benefits of cannabis.
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Decision-making impairment in patients with multiple sclerosis: a case–control study

Wednesday

 

Rhinelander to Create a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis


















Walk MS: Rhinelander will be held on Saturday, September 6 at Rhinelander High School. It is Wisconsin’s only Walk MS event north of Wausau.
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Researchers Determine that Brain Reserve Independently Protects Against Cognitive Decline in MS

























U.S. and Italian researchers have determined that brain reserve, as well as cognitive reserve, independently protects against cognitive decline in MS. The research was published in Neuron on June 11, 2013.
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Management Of The Infusion-Associated Reactions In RRMS Patients Treated With LEMTRADA (EMERALD)

To assess the distribution of IARs by severity grade when LEMTRADA is administered to RRMS patients who will be medicated according to specified algorithm designed to manage infusion associated reactions.
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Autism Can Be Treated With Medical Marijuana

















One in every 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). ASD affects neurological development and behavioral dysfunction generally becomes evident by a child’s third year. While numerous medications have proven to be ineffective, a treatment with medical marijuana is gaining momentum. Included in ASD are Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
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Stem Cell Therapy Breakthrough for MS



















A breakthrough in stem cell therapy for MS (multiple sclerosis) has been announced by experts at the New York Stem Cell Foundation. Although the discovery involved individuals with primary progressive MS, the door has been opened for managing other forms of MS as well as other diseases.
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Tuesday

 

Downton Abbey stars set for Bucks charity night





















The stars of award winning show Downton Abbey will host a charity night in Bucks.

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Tim Spiteri and team break two world records after rowing across Indian Ocean













Tim Spiteri, 36, and his team departed Geraldton, in Western Australia’s Mid West region, on June 11 with the aim of reaching South Africa in less than 57 days.

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FDA Approves Multiple Sclerosis Drug Plegridy















On Friday, health regulators at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new multiple sclerosis drug called Plegridy. The drug, created by Biogen Idec, is a long-acting multiple sclerosis formula that will likely replace the company’s Avonex treatment. Plegridy is meant to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis and reduce relapse rates.
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Kelly: Jack showing no signs of MS















Kelly Osbourne has said her brother Jack is doing so well it's as if his multiple sclerosis is "not even there".

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Medical marijuana a step closer


















SOMONAUK – Multiple sclerosis patient and Army veteran Jim Champion doesn't mind that he is still waiting for his medical marijuana card.

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Monday

 

How a tick bite can make you allergic to RED MEAT










Been bitten by a tick? Eat that burger with caution, if so.
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Cannabis-based drug to be offered to NHS Wales patients with multiple sclerosis





















The NHS in Wales is to become the first UK health service to make a cannabis-based drug available to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients on prescription, health officials have confirmed.
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Obama administration pressed to enforce anti-discrimination provisions of health care law




















Charis Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.
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Decision-making impairment in patients with multiple sclerosis: a case–control study

















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Objectives To assess decision-making under explicit risk conditions in relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis patients and its relationship to decisions made under conditions of ambiguity. To assess cognitive functions related to decision-making performance in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).
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The Unfinished Business Of Health Care Reform: Real Access To Innovative Medicines

A year ago in this space, I wrote about the importance of adherence – patients taking prescribed medicines as directed. I cited an independent study by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, which estimated that non-adherence costs the U.S. health care system $105 billion each year.
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Sunday

 

Determinants of sexual impairment in multiple sclerosis in male and female patients with lower urinary tract dysfunction: Results from an Italian cross-sectional study

 

Wales Approves Cannabis-Based Medicine for MS Patients





















Sativex, an oral spray for people with multiple sclerosis, has been approved by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG). According to the authorities, the chemical extracts of Savitex, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol/cannabidiol are derived from the cannabis plant.

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Horses can help children with disabilities reach their full potential.




















Macarthur Sohl spends his days in a wheelchair due to a cruel muscle disease called spinal muscular atrophy. But at the BiNa Farm, the 4 1/2-year-old can climb onto a chestnut-colored horse named Bo and giggle as he looks down on everyone else.
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Nourish Your Nerves












A French epicurean once said, "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." But can eating certain foods make you smarter, happier, or more able to constructively respond to stress? Could junk food lead to a junk attitude? Connections are being made all the time between the foods we eat and the way we feel, think, and act.
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VIDEO: Legendary fishing rod craftsman won't let illness take away his passion













Tom Morgan creates some of the best fishing rods in the world. Even a multiple sclerosis diagnosis can't keep him from doing what he loves. With some help from his wife, he continues to enjoy bringing happiness to fishing enthusiasts everywhere. His dedication and spirit are inspiring!

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Saturday

 

VIDEO: Local woman living with MS tells her story












BATON ROUGE - Jennifer Cope says she was shocked but determined when she first found out she had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) back in 2011.
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VIDEO: Could HIV Drugs Be The Key To Treating Multiple Sclerosis?




















A newly published study says people with HIV have a smaller chance of developing multiple sclerosis.
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VIDEO: Black Creek woman running 12 marathons in 17 days across Vancouver Island






















When Jacquelyn Janzen tells people about her goal of running the length of Vancouver Island— the equivalent of 12 marathons in 17 days— the reaction is often the same.

“They all think I’m crazy,” she said with a laugh.
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Cannabis use by individuals with multiple sclerosis: effects on specific immune parameters


Cannabinoids affect immune responses in ways that may be beneficial for autoimmune diseases. We sought to determine whether chronic Cannabis use differentially modulates a select number of immune parameters in healthy controls and individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS cases).
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The Truth About Green Tea: Medically Reviewed by Ed Zimney, M.D.

















Does green tea prevent cancer, prolong life, ward off heart disease and more? Find out what's really been proven about green tea and get expert tips for adding it to your diet.

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Friday

 

VIDEO: Expo to benefit people living with multiple sclerosis
















The Middle Georgia MS Expo is coming up. Carole Anderson stopped by 41 Today to tell us how it will help people with multiple sclerosis and those affected by the disease.
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VIDEO: Could HIV Drugs Be The Key To Treating Multiple Sclerosis?


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