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Wednesday

 

Cannabis Compounds Ease Spasticity in MS, National Academies’ Report States





















Certain cannabinoids reduce spasticity symptoms in MS patients, according to a report  from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that scrutinized published research about the benefits and hazards of cannabis and cannabinoid use.
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HURRICANES’ BICKELL BACK PRACTICING AFTER MS DIAGNOSIS





























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Bryan Bickell has been sidelined for much of the season as he gets treatment for MS, but the 30-year-old took part in practice for the second time in less than a week.
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Tuesday

 

Has MS Made You a Hermit?
















By Laura Kolaczkowski

Lately I’ve noticed I could care less and less to get out of my own space and socialize, and it takes something special to motivate me to gather with friends or family either in person or even on line.  It’s not that I don’t still like (most of) them – it’s just I find I have no desire to go. This partially has to do with energy levels as well as my own attitude toward solitude.
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Can Biotin Help Treat MS?



























Large doses of biotin appear to reduce the symptoms of MS but may affect tests for other conditions.

Many people with MS use diet to help manage their symptoms, and vitamins are an essential component of this.
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Monday

 

B-cells Differ in Pediatric- and Adult-onset MS, Study Shows





















The immune system B-cells responsible for producing antibodies are different in those who develop MS as children, than in those who develop it as adults, a study shows.
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Diet Tips for MS




























A 3D model of gut flora, which are important for digestion. A person's health may be affected without them.

MS is the most common disabling neurological disease of young adults.

Dietary factors appear to have some impact on the condition. Understanding the role of diet may lead to a person with MS having fewer relapses and a better quality of life.
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Sunday

 

Pregnant women should increase vitamin D levels - new studies suggest
































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New studies have shown how important it is for pregnant women to have optimal blood levels of vitamin D to help lower the risk of their babies developing multiple sclerosis and autism.
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MS CHECK IN SINCE BECOMING VEGAN


























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Let me start by reiterating the reasons WHY I decided to become vegan. I was told by my sister and a friend about a movie Forks Over Knives. The movie is about how most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that can afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal based and processed foods. There is also a book by Roy Swank called The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book.
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Saturday

 

The Relief of Lowering My Expectations on a ‘Soft Day’






















The mist that settled into our little town overnight was that thick, hanging kind of damp. It made me think of the film The Matrix, because it was as if the atmosphere around me had stopped in time, and I was left to dodge droplets of wetness suspended in the still air.
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MS PATHS: Be Aware of the Info You Share























Would you open your bank account and write a blank check to just anyone requesting something of value from you? Of course not. So, why would we do that with our healthcare information?
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Friday

 

Weather and MS – Cold & Hot
































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January, my favorite time of the year. See, I grew up in Southern California which feels like every year gets just a little hotter. I mean, it was always warm but I don’t remember seeing 115 degrees (Fahrenheit) on the thermometer 10 years ago! Now this is the norm, it’s what we expect come summer. I never really enjoyed it but after my MS had progressed a little the heat became my arch nemesis. It makes all my symptoms worse almost immediately, like upon entering the heat something in my brain just decides to turn the “how bad is today going to suck” knob all the way up to 11. If I spend too long in the heat I might even be pushed into a relapse, as in, not just a flare of old/current symptoms but the occurrence of new symptoms! I hate the heat! The heat is bad! BUT! It was not long before I realized there is a percentage of people with MS who feel better in warm temperatures but are destroyed by the cold (despite the fact that generally, it is accepted that heat is bad for MS)!
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The region’s only MS Partner in Care Program

























At Marshall Neuroscience, highly trained physicians and other specialists work together to provide comprehensive care and treatment for patients with disorders of the brain, spine and vascular system.
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Thursday

 

Fake News, Real News, and How to Identify Them in the World of MS























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By Kim Dolce

By now you’ve heard that we have entered a post-factual age. Social media giants Facebook and Twitter have been serving as passive bulletin boards onto which myths masquerading as truth in reporting get pinned and shared and absorbed and quoted as though they are thoroughly fact-checked news items ripped straight off the Associated Press wire service.  Rumor has it that nobody checks sources anymore. Cynicism has replaced research. It seems as if most people have bought the idea that there’s a set of facts that support any political belief and therefore all facts are biased.
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Researchers Identify 2 Cytokines Responsible for Chronic Flares in Autoimmune Diseases















Researchers have identified two factors that allow Th17 cells —  which drive MS and other autoimmune conditions — to form memory cells in the body and cause repeated symptom flare-ups.
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Wednesday

 

Family 411: The impact of MS
























Family 411: The impact of multiple sclerosis (MGN Online)

Tara Morgan shows how a wife and mother of five isn't letting MS take over her life in this week's Family 411 report.
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Magnetic Stimulation of the Brain May Aid Working Memory in MS Patients





















Repeated magnetic stimulation of the brain may help to rebuild the brain’s network in patients with MS, leading to improved working memory, researchers reported. But more studies are necessary to confirm the procedure’s safety and efficacy as a treatment for MS.
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Tuesday

 

MS AND EXERCISE ADAPT, MODIFY AND REPEAT












It’s almost an eerie quiet in my house for 7:15 in the morning. Both dogs went back to sleep next to me on the couch. I just finished doing P90 sculpt B. I started doing the P90 series from http://Www.beachbody.com by Tony Horton but stopped when I started having issues with my shoulder. Doctor said I have tendinitis and arthritis. Lovely!!! Thank heaven for the cortisone shot that has done wonders. Anyway…I’ve completed P90X many times. It is actually my favorite of his exercise programs. However I’ve also completed his P90X2, P90X3 and 22 minute HardCore. I decided to go back to his earlier stuff.  Beachbody is where I get most of my workout stuff, other then Zumba.
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MS and Birth Control: The Undeniable Link


























A Google search for “birth control + multiple sclerosis” features the dangerously deceptive headline, “Birth Control May Lower MS Risk.” The linked article begins, “Women who take birth control pills may be less likely to develop MS (MS) while they’re on the pill, according to a new study.”
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Monday

 

Open Letter to the Newly Diagnosed


















By Laura Kolaczkowski

Dear newly diagnosed,

First I want to welcome you to the club that no one wants to join – the world of MS.  I’m sure you are overwhelmed with this news unless you happen to already know others who live with MS.  I am one such person and it is my pleasure to meet you, even though it could be under better conditions.
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I'm Fasting For Science: Will It Help Tame My MS?






































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When I told my coworker that I was participating in a study that involved fasting, she laughed until she nearly cried.

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Sunday

 

Fox & Friends: Janice Dean discusses FDA delay of promising MS drug: VIDEO




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Fox News’ Janice Dean is one of the 2.3 million people worldwide living with MS. She appeared on Fox & Friends Friday with Nancy Davis, chairwoman of the Race to Erase MS organization to speak about why the FDA delayed the approval of Genentech’s ocrelizumab, a new drug being hailed as a medical breakthrough for MS patients. 
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What to watch for when it comes to MS: VIDEO





MS is an auto-immune disease that may not be familiar to many people, but a diagnosis impacts the whole family.
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Saturday

 

Inactivity and poor diet are common risk factors among MS patients, study says


























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Lack of physical activity and a poor diet may be the most common risk factors for poor health and survival in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to a study.
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Are You In or Out of the MS Closet?
























An MS patient who reads my column sent a personal message last week. It began: “Sorry about the secrecy. I’m in the closet! Seriously, I haven’t told many people about my RRMS diagnosis, for many reasons. I really don’t want my kids knowing. … I want to spare them that as long as I can. Also, I want to spare myself the looks and ‘the question’.” The question is something like “How are you …?” said with downturned voice and eyes, to which the response has been an automatic “fine.”
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Friday

 

The Day the Robin Kills the Wren — Out With the Old Year, in With the New

























The wren — an dreolín in the Irish language — is lauded in song as the King of the Birds (at least in Ireland). Its majesty was celebrated in small pockets around the globe last week.
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MS Antibodies Recognize Protein of Common Respiratory Tract Bacteria, Study Finds

















Researchers have found a microbial protein from the Haemophilus influenza pathogen that is recognized by antibodies in a subpopulation of MS patients. The finding supports the idea of a link between microbial infections and neurodegenerative diseases like MS, whose causes are uncertain.
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Thursday

 

Advice on Finding a Good Neurologist

































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By Matt Allen G

Upon being diagnosed with MS one of the last things on your mind is probably, “I need to do some research and find a really good doctor to head my healthcare team to help make the best health-related decisions for me”. But that really is one of the most important things to tackle as soon as you can! I can’t even imagine (nor do I really want to) where my health would be today if I had been able to start off with my current neurologist instead of the many I went through over the years leading up to me finding him. Even people who have had MS much longer than I have often ask me, “How do I find a good neurologist? I am really unhappy with mine, what do I do?” Finding a good neurologist is very important because the decisions he or she makes will directly affect your health, which affects your entire life! So what is my advice regarding how to find a good neurologist?
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Top 10 MS Articles of 2016






















A number of important discoveries, therapeutic developments, and events related to MS were reported daily by Multiple Sclerosis News Today throughout 2016. Now that the year is over, it is time to briefly review the articles that appealed most to our readers. Here are the top 10 most-read articles of 2016, with a brief description of what made them interesting and relevant to MS patients, family members, and caregivers.
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Wednesday

 

Health Tropes Then and Now: Which Ones Do You Live By?





























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By Kim Dolce

It’s fun to watch old television commercials from the 1950s and 60s. For one thing, all the cars and fashions that were contemporary and hip during my childhood are now not only quaint, they are worth some bucks in the classic vintage market. Wish I could say the same for myself.
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Z petrol station home to 'local legend' with MS: VIDEO

























Gary Franklin vowed to work until he could work no longer, after he was diagnosed with MS.

Gary Franklin is one of Z Energy's longest-serving employees. He uses a wheelchair to get around, but props himself up on a stick or the counter for the length of his shift.
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Tuesday

 

An EU Project will tackle MS using Personalized Multi Omics




















DNA microarrays, which can analyze the expression levels of thousands of genes simultaneously, are often an essential part of multi comics analysis

The MultipleMS Consortium has been granted €15M by the EU Horizon 2020 to improve the treatment of multiple sclerosis using personalized medicine.
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How Does MS Affect Your Sleep?



















By Calie Wyatt


Fatigue is one of the most common and frustrating symptoms that comes along with multiple sclerosis. In MS there is both fatigue and what is known as lassitude.  While fatigue can itself feel debilitating, lassitude is the more severe type of MS fatigue. Lassitude is defined as, “A state of physical or mental weariness; lack of energy.” Nationalmssociety.org gives several examples of lassitude and how it is different from the type of fatigue experienced by people without MS. Here are the examples of lassitude and how it affects us that they have listed:

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Monday

 

We Need Pharma If We Hope to Find a Cure for MS























We all know the credit card commercial with actor Samuel L. Jackson talking about the buying power and the return on a certain credit card. He speaks about the bonus cash-back offers you can accrue if you just keep spending money and putting it on your credit card. The tag line, “What’s in your Wallet?” is meant to encourage us to spend more because there will be a guaranteed return on our purchases and investments.
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Making a Difference: Teen stitches together MS charity

























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Meredith Polk, 17, of Henrico County, started a knitting group to raise money to support people with multiple sclerosis.

Inside her parents’ home in Henrico County, Meredith Polk rummaged through a box of scarves until she happened upon an outlandish, fluffy orange one.
“I have a vendetta against orange,” she said with a laugh.
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