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Saturday

 

Managing MS When You Have Other Health Conditions





























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It can be overwhelming, to say the least. (GETTY IMAGES)

High blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression can all follow an MS diagnosis.
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Ocrelizumab May Improve Cognitive Function in Relapsing MS




















Cognitive impairment is often reported among patients with MS.



Compared with interferon beta-1a, treatment of relapsing forms of MS with ocrelizumab resulted in improved cognitive performance, according to results from a pooled analysis of the phase 3 OPERA studies (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01247324, NCT01412333).
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Friday

 

How to Choose the Right Assistive Walking Device When You Have MS






























Canes are helpful for those whose legs feel tired or those who have a foot that trips them because they offer support with overall balance while standing and walking. (GETTY IMAGES)

Simply guessing which device is best could saddle you with more pain and an increased risk for falls.

For people with MS – the autoimmune disease that attacks the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves – walking may become difficult. Damaged nerves can interrupt the signals telling the body to put one foot in front of the other. But trying to treat walking problems by simply buying a cane off a shelf is risky.
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How Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS) Is Connected to MS



















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According to the National MS Society, clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) refers to an initial case of neurological symptoms that continue for at least a day. These symptoms are the result of demyelination or inflammation in the central nervous system. The syndrome is either monofocal, in that the person only experiences one symptom such as optic neurosis, or multifocal, where they may experience more than one symptom during the episode.
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Thursday

 

CMSC 2017: Assessing Risk Factors for MS

























There is no one determining factor when it comes to predicting the likelihood of MS. 
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MS May Have Causal Link to Osteoporosis

















MS has been linked to a greater risk of fractures and osteoporosis

Patients with MS have lower bone mineral density and greater rates of osteoporosis than healthy controls, according to study results presented at the 2017 Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting, May 24-27 in New Orleans.
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Wednesday

 

What's the Connection Between Stress and Risk of MS Relapses?



























If you have MS, stress can trigger relapses and permanent brain lesions. (GETTY IMAGES)

A number of studies show potential for MS relapses linked to ongoing stress and major life changes.

The majority of us are feeling really stressed out. According to the American Psychological Association's latest survey, out this past winter, America's overall stress level has increased for the first time in 10 years. High anxiety contributes to all kinds of health problems, from headaches and gastrointestinal issues to obesity and asthma. But if you have MS, stress can wreak even more havoc; it can trigger relapses and permanent brain lesions.
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Radio Host With MS Rises and Shines to Share Her Positivity























When it comes to her MS, the radio personality Jillian Escoto stays positive and respects her limits.Photo Courtesy of Joel Marasigan/Flashpointgrafix

Jillian Escoto thrives on healthy eating, exercise, and the support of her radio fans and cohosts.

When it comes to her MS, the radio personality Jillian Escoto stays positive and respects her limits.
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Tuesday

 

Emotional Pain in MS and a Lack of Proper Care























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By Matt Allen G

People who have been following me for a number of years may have noticed a pattern. For a while I am really active online and then randomly, out of nowhere, I disappear for weeks or even months. When I was about 17 or 18 I was diagnosed with a pretty bad case of clinical depression. Sometimes I wonder if that had to do with my Multiple Sclerosis? After all, when my current neurologist looked at my first MRI scans he said that there was clear evidence that MS had started doing its thing in my early teens. So anyway, that is why there is a pattern of me coming and going, depression and other mental stuff. For the most part, I have had it all “under control” but every once in a while it definitely overcomes me. Now before I go on I should try to make something clear; with clinical depression, it is more of a chemical imbalance in the brain, so I (for example) will wake up feeling terribly depressed for no reason. Nothing triggered it, I don’t know why I am depressed, I just feel… horrible. Then there is more of a “situational depression” and in my eyes? That is “normal”. Something bad happens in life and we feel depressed about it. It sucks but as human beings, we are supposed to have these types of feelings in response to various situations.
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Celgene’s Data Could Lead To New Option For MS Patients




























Celgene reported Monday that an experimental pill for the main type of MS met its main goals in a two-year study. By the end of the year, the Summit, NJ, drugmaker will ask the FDA to consider the drug, ozanimod, for approval.
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Monday

 

9 Ways to Manage Brain Fog
























One of the most frustrating symptoms of living with a chronic illness is brain fog. There are medications to treat many symptoms of chronic diseases, but sadly there isn’t yet a pill that takes away brain fog. However, there are ways to deal with it so patients can minimize its effects and lead a normal life.
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New Biomarkers For MS Pathogenesis













































Clinical data as well as evidence collected using animal model of MS suggests that leukocytes cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and localize in brain lesions. NeuroscienceNews.com image is for illustrative purposes only.

Novel study of proinflammatory cytokines in serum and cerebrospinal fluid of MS patients was conducted by Kazan University’s Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology.
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Sunday

 

How to Survive Summer Heat Intolerance















With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start making plans. We all love spending time outdoors during the long hours of sunshine and warm temperatures, don’t we?
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Early Signs of MS
























Eye problems, including pain and vision loss, are often the first sign of MS.Dan McCoy/Getty Images


From vision problems to numbness that won't go away, certain symptoms could signal MS — and that it's time to see your doctor.

By Connie Brichford
Medically Reviewed by Cynthia Haines, MD

While MS is not a particularly common disease, it’s not rare, either. In fact, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) estimates that someone is diagnosed with MS every hour.
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Saturday

 

Does MS Affect Fertility and Pregnancy?
























For women, MS is often diagnosed during their childbearing years, so fertility and pregnancy are hot topics for those living with the disease.
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Roche Seeks to Mend Damaged Nerves in MS Push
























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Roche Holding AG is seeking a partner with experimental drugs that might help repair the damage caused to the nervous system by MS -- considered a key step in managing the debilitating disease.
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Friday

 

Ocrevus: A Patient’s Story













































Pamela Arterbridge

Photo credit: Courtesy of Pamela Arterbridge

By Laura Kolaczkowski

Pamela Arterbridge kept busy with her family and her career as a hairstylist  for 25 years, but knew there was something not right.  “In the beginning I had brain fog and fatigue that went on for a couple months. I knew something was wrong and went to my family doctor who said I had low Vitamin D,” Pamela said.
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What People SHOULD Say to Someone Living with MS























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By Cathy Chester

There’s a marvelous piece written by Ashley Ringstaff called “MS & Things People Should Not Say.” It provides a solid list of statements people should never say to someone with MS. It garnered a lot of attention from readers, and deservedly so.
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Thursday

 

Comedian Lenny Clarke shares family battle with MS: VIDEO





Lenny Clarke is famous for his comedy sketches and primetime shows like "Rescue Me." Clarke is now using his celebrity to raise funds and awareness for MS, a disease impacting two of his eight siblings.
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Online BrainHQ Training Program Boosts Cognition in Patients with MS, NYU Study Shows



























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The online BrainHQ adaptive training program developed by Posit Science is better than any computer game at helping multiple sclerosis (MS) patients improve their cognitive skills, according to a study by researchers at New York University (NYU).
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Wednesday

 

MS Experts Offer Guidelines on Contraceptive Use Among Women with MS























Two studies that recently appeared in the MS Journal shed light on how contraceptive use may affect women with MS, as well as how the disease might affect the safety and effectiveness of birth-control medications.
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A blood test for MS? Expect one in late May



























Six panels of an MRI scan

The medical toolbox for treating MS has progressed in leaps and bounds over the last two decades, as highlighted by the recent approval of  for the most severe and treatment-resistant form of the disease.
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Tuesday

 

Potential Risk of Common MS Treatment Discovered





























The study found an increased risk of events such as stroke, migraine and depression, as well as abnormalities in the blood with taking beta interferon for MS.   NeuroscienceNews.com
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In one of the most comprehensive studies to date, UBC researchers have identified potential adverse reactions of a commonly used MS drug.
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Why Yoga?




























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By Calie Wyatt

I have found a new hobby that I absolutely love, and want to share with all of my readers! Yoga! As you’ve probably read in some of my previous articles, I fell in love with living a healthy lifestyle after giving birth to my son in 2015. I have found that eating clean, drinking more water, and incorporating exercise into my daily routine has drastically improved the way I feel every day. While I know my choice of healthy lifestyle isn’t for everyone, I do want to share with you, because it has helped me so much.
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Monday

 

Let’s Talk About Aging and MS


















By Cathy Chester

I was thrilled when I was invited to be a patient expert for the website LiveWise MS. Along with other experts (mainly nurse practitioners), LiveWise MS offers pertinent content for MS patients. What makes the site particularly unique is that every article is reviewed and approved by the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN), a premier international organization serving the needs of nurses focusing on MS care.
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Study Looking at High-Dose Biotin as a Treatment for MS




























The B-complex vitamin has performed well in two trials involving people with MS. A phase III trial is now scheduled.



A chance discovery made by scientists in France is generating some important questions.
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Sunday

 

9 Tips For MRI Anxiety






























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By Meghan Pcsolyar

There are more questions and unknowns that come with Multiple Sclerosis than certainties and regularities. I think that’s one of the many reasons getting diagnosed with MS is so frightening. There is no one blood test or examination that can be given to prove someone has MS. To get an official MS diagnosis, you have to take all the tests that are out there, for diseases and infections with similar symptoms, and rule those out before you can definitively know you have the disease. One of the few things that does show actual evidence of damage of the central nervous system is an MRI. MRI’s are one of the very few things that are a certainty when diagnosing and tracking the progression of this disease, which I think is why they give me such bad anxiety. MS is extremely unpredictable and comes with no assurances, but this test actually shows the damage that it has done and can track its progression.
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What Diet Should I Follow for MS?
































Five Popular Diets, But No Clear Answer Yet

By Colleen Doherty, MD

One of the most stressful aspects of living with multiple sclerosis is the disease's unpredictability. This lack of control over when your old symptoms will creep up or new symptoms will flare can cause anxiety, fear, and emotional exhaustion.
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Saturday

 

Loss of spinal nerve fibers not the only cause of disability in MS


































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It is commonly thought that in MS, the loss of axons (nerve fibres) contributes to the chronic disability found in many patients. This has led to the wide use of MRI to measure the cross sectional area of the spinal cord in order to predict disability.
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