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Saturday

 

Hunt for callous thieves who stole multiple sclerosis sufferer's car

























The husband of multiple sclerosis sufferer has called on two thieves to return a car they stole as the theft has left the couple “stranded” in their home.
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How many multiple sclerosis patients are in the U.S.? No one knows.



















The multiple sclerosis market is a crucial one to the local biotech industry, with two of Cambridge’s biggest drugmakers relying heavily on sales of drugs to treat the disease for future growth. But despite all the attention on selling drugs for the disease, the data on how many patients actually suffer from it are surprisingly fuzzy.
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Quincy woman with MS cycling to support the cause
































GREG DERR/The Patriot Ledger |  Susan Evensen Tena of Quincy is set to bike 95 miles to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. She has taken part in a number of fundraising rides during the past decade, but now she is riding to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, with which she was diagnosed last year. The photo was taken on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

Susan Evensen Tena discovered her passion for bike riding in 2004, after getting a dose of inspiration from well-known charity bicyclist Bobby Mac of Arlington.
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Battling MS Across The Country: VIDEO




















Over the last seven years, Maureen Patch has had doctor's appointments fairly regularly.
"My mind went to, 'Oh my God. I'm going to die,'" Patch said.
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Alteration of Delta-6-desaturase (FADS2), secretory Phospholipase-A2 (sPLA2) Enzymes by Hot-nature Diet with Co-supplemented Hemp seed, Evening primrose Oils Intervention in Multiple Sclerosis Patients: STUDY
























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Friday

 

Speech Therapy Helps MS Patient Go From Feeding Tube To Chocolate Pudding
















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Mashed potatoes never tasted so good.

Thomas O’Donahue, a Hixson resident, has multiple sclerosis, and as a side effect, he had trouble swallowing properly.
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Neurologists 'ecstatic' about new technology for the early detection of MS and brain tumours



















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Australian scientists claim to have made a significant breakthrough in the treatment and detection of multiple sclerosis.
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TPPA implications for PHARMAC raise serious concerns
























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The Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand (MSNZ) is extremely concerned by the potential implications of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement for people with multiple sclerosis.
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Amarantus Announces Publication of a Clinical Study of MSPrecise(R) Diagnostic for Identification of Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) in the Journal GENE

























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- MSPrecise next generation sequencing assay supports identification of multiple sclerosis patients with 84% accuracy -

- Results from this study were not combined with oligoclonal banding (OCB) -

- MSPrecise performs well in identifying MS among a broad cohort of potential neurological diseases -
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A lipidomic approach to the study of human CD4 + T lymphocytes in multiple sclerosis: STUDY























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Thursday

 

HealthWatch: Massage for Multiple Sclerosis: VIDEO

























Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic disease affecting the central nervous system. People with MS can have fatigue, muscle pain or weakness and difficulty with motion. There is no cure, but researchers at one of the country's top rehabilitation institutes are studying massage techniques to see if MS patients can find relief.
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Cannabis spray considered for public funding



















A cannabis spray used to treat epilepsy, pain and multiple sclerosis will be considered for public funding next month.
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Fibromyalgia and MS Experience


























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A number of years ago, I received a question from a reader who asked if it was possible to have multiple sclerosis (MS) and fibromyalgia at the same time and, more interestingly, if people with MS were more likely to have fibromyalgia than people who did not have MS. In response to that question, I did some research and wrote the following article: Q. Can people have fibromyalgia and MS at the same time?
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MS: A case of mistaken identity
























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Dr. Alain Delgado, a neurologist with Neurology and Neurosurgery, with offices in Lakeland and Winter Haven, addresses members and guests at the July 24 meeting of the Bartow Kiwanis Club.

Multiple Sclerosis. Briefly, it is a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). One of those who has been dealing with MS is Kiwanis member Mary Beth Packard, who has been getting treatment for it the past 25 years, and it was she who introduced the guest speaker at the Friday, July 24 Bartow Kiwanis Club meeting, Dr. Alain Delgado.
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Agreement between physician’s recommendation and fitness-to-drive decision in multiple sclerosis: STUDY



























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Wednesday

 

Affordable Care Act still needs affordability






















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President Obama’s signature accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, is here to stay.
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Gene Regulating Treatment Response in Multiple Sclerosis Identified





































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A gene for multiple sclerosis (MS) activity has been identified, according to research published in the Annals of Neurology.
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Medical Marijuana Users Believe Drug's Effectiveness Is Greater Than Other Treatments

























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Even if some experts believe more research on the effectiveness of medical cannabis is needed, users undergoing the controversial treatment believe it works – at least for certain conditions.
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Biogen’s Tecfidera Now The Most Prescribed Oral MS Therapy Globally


























Cambridge, Massachusetts based Biogen Inc. has reported its second quarter 2015 results, posting a year-over-year seven percent revenue increase to $2.6 Billion in the quarter.
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Brainstem dysfunction protects against syncope in multiple sclerosis: STUDY

































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Tuesday

 

Brain Scan To Detect Multiple Sclerosis, Other Brain Abnormalities



























(Photo : Matt Cardy/Getty Images) A software that detects minute changes in the brain associated with multiple sclerosis, brain tumors and other disorders was developed by scientists at Royal Melbourne Hospital, says a study published in the American Journal of Radiology.

Hospital director of research Frank Gaillard said that it is very important to find a right treatment for multiple sclerosis.
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AB Science announces successful non futility test for masitinib in progressive forms of multiple sclerosis






















Independent Data Safety Monitoring Committee recommends continuation of phase 3 study based on review of safety and efficacy data
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East Limestone High School band raises money for MS














Students, parents and friends of this year’s East Limestone High School marching band set out on their first service project Friday with a lemonade stand to raise money for the Mississippi/Alabama chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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Littleton Woman with Multiple Sclerosis Helped by Accessible Systems







Accessible Systems, a business in Englewood, CO, recently helped a woman with Multiple Sclerosis. In 2006, Jeaninne Kasa bought her dream home in Littleton, CO, but since her diagnosis with MS her home has become a prison. Thanks to the Zephyr Express provided to her by Accessible Systems, she is now able to live a more independent life.
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‘You are just left to get on with it’: qualitative study of patient and carer experiences of the transition to secondary progressive multiple sclerosis: STUDY





















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Monday

 

Brick veteran gets help to rebuild Sandy-damaged home: VIDEO































Its been nearly 3 years since superstorm sandy flooded Frank Hagen’s house in Brick. With help from the United Way and volunteers from AmeriCorps he will soon be back in his home. STAFF VIDEO BY BOB BIELK STAFF VIDEO BY BOB BIELK

Not long after Frank and Theresa Hagen completed repairs on their superstorm Sandy-flooded home, they realized something was terribly wrong.
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Piecing the puzzle together

















Working the MS puzzle are, from left, Eric Brown, Crystal Frakes Brown, Michael Warmoth, Christy VanderHeide and Chris Ostrowski. Courtesy Agent Z Project

A West Michigan-based research effort hopes to raise a minimum of $50,000 to fund what could be the next step in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis.
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What’s Popping Our of Your Multiple Sclerosis Clown Car?



























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Coulrophobia is the term for an abnormal or morbid fear of clowns. Though some of my dear friends have been clowns, I also know people who are completely creeped out by them.
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New multiple sclerosis drug arrives in Peru





























Peru currently treats its MS patients with a injection that causes discomfort for some patients.
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Changes of Motivational Variables in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis in an Exercise Intervention: Associations between Physical Performance and Motivational Determinants: STUDY

Sunday

 

Julian Phillips: Legislation would make specialty drugs affordable for Pennsylvanians





























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As a chronic pain patient for decades following an unfortunate water polo accident, I now face a relentless, tiring and at times, considerably draining battle.
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In sickness and in help






















Colleen Covino was born with Spina Bifida and her husband, Christopher Blaise, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a few years ago. After enduring a lifelong disability, Colleen is helping her husband learn how to navigate life with MS. Click through our gallery to learn more about their journey.


In August of 2012, I became a caregiver for my husband.
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Cookstown man Conor Devine takes battle with MS to new heights: VIDEO





























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A local businessman from Cookstown has called upon one hundred businesses to show their support for him as he takes things to a whole new level by attempting one of the greatest physical tests known to man – The Ironman Challenge.
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New Study Evaluates The Role of MRI in Monitoring MS Progression































Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a devastating, progressive disease of the nervous system. It is caused by loss of myelin, a fatty substance that wraps around nerve cells and allows them to conduct impulses and communicate. When myelin is lost, areas of damage called “lesions” result, which appear in the brain and spinal cord without warning and cause loss of movement, vision, pain and problems with sensation.
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Cost-utility of Gilenya (fingolimod) compared with Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) in highly active relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) in England: STUDY

Saturday

 

Colin Quinn is legit good in Trainwreck


















From Amy Schumer to Bill Hader to Lebron James to John Cena, there are no shortage of breakout performances in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck. But the most surprising and affecting turn might come from costar Colin Quinn. The prolific stand-up and writer plays Gordon, Schumer’s onscreen dad, a cantankerous, mean-spirited New York Mets fan struggling with complications from multiple sclerosis.
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Masitinib Shows Promise in Study For Treating Progressive MS Patients




























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Progressive multiple sclerosis patients treated with AB Science’s lead compound AB07002 (masitinib) in a Phase 3 clinical trial showed positive results in a non futility test (a test to determine if an experimental therapy shows some sign of efficacy). With the successful completion of the futility analysis, AB Science is justified to continue the remainder of the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study.
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Building confidence helps people with MS have fuller lives, reports CWRU researcher





















The physical symptoms of weakness and fatigue from multiple sclerosis (MS) can rock a person's confidence and ability to engage in what he or she feels is important, from being a good parent and friend to taking up a hobby, according to Matthew Plow, assistant professor from Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
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Frustrated former patients question probes into controversial stem-cell researcher




















Doug Broeska, centre, stands with Julia Browning, right. Seated are Sharon Nordstrom, left, and Kathleen Jaynes, far right. The patients travelled to Pune, India, in May 2014 to undergo combination stem cell therapy. (Supplied by Kathleen Jaynes)

Former patients of a controversial Winnipeg-based stem-cell research company are growing increasingly frustrated by what they say is a lack of action by Canadian authorities.
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Immune and Epstein-Barr virus gene expression in cerebrospinal fluid and peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: STUDY














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Friday

 

Daughter jailed for stealing over 50k from mum for shopping sprees

















Claire Wareham, 44, nicked the money from Carolyn Rayner ‘s bank account over four years after she was put in a care home with multiple sclerosis.
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States Limiting Patient Costs for High-Priced Drugs




















As more expensive specialty drugs come on the market to treat some of the most serious chronic diseases, more states are stepping in to cushion the financial pain for patients who need medicine that can cost up to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
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New treatment for MS now available in the DC area: VIDEO




















The treatment, called Lemtrada, has been used around the world for several years. But it's been a long road for drug approval here in the US.
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Sponsored swims across Mallorca for MS


























GETTING WET: Participants at Colonia de Sant Pere

MORE than 30 beaches and pools in Mallorca took part in an event to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.
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The cerebellum and the Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite Score: Voxel based morphometry identifies cerebellar regional gray matter loss correlating with walking ability, dexterity and cognitive function: STUDY































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Thursday

 

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: Walker piles on the miles for many worthy causes: VIDEO































    When you're 79 years old, do you think you'll be walking around 30 miles a day, six days a week?
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Autoimmune Diseases Run in Lupus Patient Families
















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Relatives of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have a higher risk of developing SLE and other autoimmune diseases compared with the general population, a population study found.
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NHS Wales Approves Biogen’s Plegridy for Relapsing Remitting MS

































Relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) treatment Plegridy (peg interferon beta-1a) by Biogen Idec, has just received Welsh NHS approval, which should make it available to patients by late October 2015. The decision follows NHS Scotland’s approval earlier this year, however, the biweekly interferon beta shot has yet to be made available in England’s NICE healthcare system. Plegridy was approved across several countries in the European Union in July of 2014.
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Lesion Topography Matters in Multiple Sclerosis





























An observational clinical imaging study now provides in vivo evidence that cortical lesions (CLs) are associated with cognitive and physical disability in multiple sclerosis (MS), independent of white matter lesion volume. It also showed that leukocortical and subpial lesion subtypes have differing clinical relevance.
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Internal Tremor in Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Essential Tremor: STUDY


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