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21 ARTICLES & STUDIES IN FRIDAY'S EARLY MORNING NEWS FOR NEUROLOGISTS, NURSES & PATIENTS!



Obama administration will not block state marijuana laws, if distribution is regulated - The Washington Post
he Obama administration said Thursday that it would not challenge laws legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington State as long as those states maintain strict rules involving the sale and distribution of the drug.
In a memo to US Attorneys in all 50 States, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole said the Justice Department is “committed to using its limited investigative and prosecutorial resources to address the most significant threats in the most effective, consistent and rational way.” He stressed that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

The effect of Prozac (fluoxetine) on progression in progressive multiple sclerosis: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
ISRN Neurol. 2013 Jul 29;2013:370943. doi: 10.1155/2013/370943.
Department of Neurology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Postbus 30.001, 9700 RB Groningen, The Netherlands ; Department of Neurology, Rijnstate Hospital, Postbus 9555, 6800 TA Arnhem, The Netherlands.

Medication withdrawal may be an option for a select group of patients in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
This article describes the clinical and radiological evolution of a stable group of patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis that had their disease-modifying therapy (DMT) withdrawn. Withdrawal, however, should not be viewed as simply the suspension of treatment because these patients should be evaluated periodically, and the immunomodulators should be readily reintroduced if new attacks occur. Nonetheless, medication withdrawal is an option for a select group of patients.
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April Barbosa, Columnist & Poet: THE 11 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA! PLUS MY FAVORITE STRAIN!

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A lot of people are under the misconception that medical marijuana only comes in one strain. This is not true. There are also people who believe that medical marijuana has unnatural chemicals inserted to make it more potent or to target certain symptoms: this is also false! Medical marijuana is natural all God made. The different strains are made by cross breeding plants this is also how the potency comes about.
For those who are unfamiliar with the terminology that goes along with medical marijuana let me break it down for you into 11 different things:
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Thursday

 

Beth Dean, News Editor & Columnist: HAVING MS IS DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE A MOTHER! GOD BLESSED ME WITH 2 KIDS!


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Having Ms is difficult, especially if you’re a mother! Everyone with Multiple Sclerosis knows that the disease drains you of your energy. Makes it difficult for you to do the simplest of tasks. Everyday life and everyday things seems like they take great effort to accomplish. God blessed me with two kids. Long before my diagnosis of MS last year in October. My little boy is 9, turning 10 two days before my birthday in February. He is the epitome of a loving child. I truly believe he is an old soul, and he cares more for others than he does his own self. With that being said…he understands my disease. The workings of it, but he is still a child and the fact that mom is “lazy” seems to just set better with him…My little girl who is turning 4 on September 11th of this year is a whole different story in itself! I believe with everything in me God sent me this girl because he knew that I would need he to push me. She keeps me on my toes. A ball of energy fails to describe what she is. She is me….trapped in a child’s body. Mommy is tired…or my legs hurt is not a adequate excuse for this one. “Just try Mommy” and “You can do it, you’re strong” comes out of her mouth on a daily basis, and it is EXACTLY what I need to hear.  I couldn’t imagine my life without my kids. They are exact opposites. One has empathy and worry…they other pushes me to live and gives words of inspiration. Which are wonders for kids that are only 9 and 3!

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12 ARTICLES & STUDIES IN THURSDAY'S NEWS FOR NEUROLOGISTS, NURSES & PATIENTS! 5,166 MS HEADLINES ARE IN OUR ARCHIVES! MORE DAILY MS NEWS THAN ANY SITE IN THE WORLD!


Tecfidera’s Patient Share at Three Months Postlaunch Surpasses That for Aubagio and Gilenya At the Same Stage of Their Launches
Over the next six months, Tecfidera's patient share among DMT-treated RR-MS patients is anticipated to increase significantly to 16 percent. In fact, despite being the third oral DMT to reach the MS market, patient share for Tecfidera exceeds that for the first two oral DMTs for MS—Sanofi/Genzyme’s Aubagio (1 percent) and Novartis’s Gilenya (1 percent)—at the same stage of their respective launches. Current physician trial rate for Tecfidera (65 percent) beats that for Aubagio (33 percent) and Gilenya (53 percent).

Salt-Heavy Diets Can Lead to Autoimmune Diseases
Men's Journal
These ailments, which include multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and psoriasis, result from an immune system gone haywire that ...

Prescription-Drug Coupons — No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Visit nearly any official website for a brand-name drug available in the United States and, mixed in with links to prescribing and safety information, you'll find links to drug “coupons,” including copayment-assistance programs and monthly savings cards. Most offers are variations on “Why pay more? With the [drug] savings card, you can get [drug] for only $18 per prescription if eligible” or “Get a free 30-capsule trial of [drug] with your doctor's prescription and ask your doctor if [drug] is right for you.” Why do manufacturers offer drug coupons? Are they good for patients in the long run? Are they even legal?

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Eva Saporito, Columnist: THE RACE TO THE BATHROOM

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This is a problem I hate to open up about.
The race to the bathroom. I'm watching a movie with friends. Guys  quick pause the TV I gotta go...This happens maybe 6 times in a 2 hour period.

The long ride somewhere it can only be 30 minutes... Pullover at the BK it Mickey D's gotta go...As soon as I get to my friends or family's house. I gotta go... I feel like I live in Da toilet.

This happens with the pseudo flare ups caused by heat, stress and if course any Little illness. Thank goodness for my magic pill Sanctura and my mini cath. I literally have to do breathing techniques to go and it works. 

Wednesday

 

Cindi Hopper, Columnist: I JUST GOT HOME FROM BEING IN THE HOSPITAL! INCREDIBLE PAIN FROM MY SURGERY! SO THIS IS GOING MY COLUMN TODAY

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I just got home from being in the hospital about an hour ago! So the pain has been incredible!! I'm finally home now in my recliner trying to get comfortable. Not an easy task.It's been a real rough experience.

So far all that's going on with my MS is major fatigue and blurred vision. I am praying it stays that way. That's why I waited 8 months to have surgery. I actually fell in January due to ms but I was afraid it would wake up the MonSter to be operated on so I kept doing steroid shots and therapy, anything except an operation! But it came down to do or die.

Normally you are sent home with a pain pump that delivers meds directly to the shoulder.  Mine was leaking and so they took it out weds night right after surgery. and so they took it out weds night right after surgery. Then they put me on a drug called dilauted which made me sick. Apparently I'm allergic or something.


 

14 ARTICLES & STUDIES IN TODAY'S EARLY MORNING NEWS FOR NEUROLOGISTS, NURSES & PATIENTS! 5,166 MS HEADLINES ARE IN OUR ARCHIVES! MORE DAILY MS NEWS THAN ANY SITE IN THE WORLD! New stories are posted throughout the day:


Neurostimulators for the Treatment of Primary Headaches
Response rates reported in neurostimulation studies do not seem superior to those of the most effective prophylactic medications. Selection criteria for neurostimulation in headache patients are not uniform, and with few exceptions follow-up is too short to provide firm conclusions on long-term efficacy and safety, as well as costs. Notwithstanding these limitations, occipital nerve stimulation does seem to produce satisfactory improvement in chronic drug-resistant cluster headache and when it does not produce benefit, hypothalamic stimulation can be considered. Occipital nerve stimulation has been extensively investigated as a treatment of chronic migraine, but there is still some skepticism about its efficacy.[88]

Signs and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
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Tuesday

 

Katrina Anne Taylor, Columnist: MY COLUMN TODAY IS A POEM I JUST WROTE ABOUT FINDING TRUE LOVE WITH A MAN WHO ACCEPTS ME & MY MS


My Column today is a poem I just wrote about  finding a love when least expected, finally true love. A love I found with a man who accepts me and accepts my multiple sclerosis.

For a long time, I thought I would never have love with ms, since I have had two failed relationships after the ms diagnosis. True love is possible with a chronic, unpredictable illness. I just wrote this:

A Love like This!
I have spent many days searching for what I thought I would never find;
Never knowing that one day we would be brought together, but rewind
To those earlier days when the mistakes were made along the way
To the moment that we would be brought together on our fateful day

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Judy Kazakawich, Columnist: TECFIDERA MIRACLES!

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I've really noticed an improvement in all aspects of my life and I've only been on tecdifera since July 3rd. I know I'm doing better because my family notices such a change as well as many comments from my friends. For any other angels that are starting tecfidera I wish you the very best.

I've been very fortunate in that the heat doesn't bother my ms or make it worse. I'm a sun worshiper and when diagnosed I thought that might ok - but no, not for me! In fact there was a time when my legs were achy and I'd sit in the sun and the heat just soothed the pain. Also I even have pretty warm-hot baths. I've never really been able to shower because of my balance and closing my eyes just made it so much worse. So I'm a bath girl. We even tried buying shower doors for the tub but instead of falling to the right or left (which the doors would stop me) nope I've gotta fall forward or backwards. After a few terrible falls I just gave into being a bath girl.
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19 ARTICLES & STUDIES IN TODAY'S NEWS FOR NEUROLOGISTS, NURSES & PATIENTS! 5,166 MS HEADLINES ARE IN OUR ARCHIVES! MORE DAILY MS NEWS THAN ANY SITE IN THE WORLD!

 Use of a biomarker in exposure-response analysis to support dose selection for fingolimod.

Patient-related factors may affect the outcome of neuropsychological rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis.
Patient-related factors affected rehabilitation outcome, whereas illness- and intervention-related factors did not. The results showed that especially MS patients with male gender and more severe attentional deficits benefitted from the intervention (attention retraining, teaching compensatory strategies, psychoeducation, psychological support, and homework assignments).

Anti-JCV antibody prevalence in a French cohort of MS patients under natalizumab therapy.

Prolonged and symptomatic bradycardia following a single dose of GILENYA

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Can Marijuana Improve Your Emotional State? Study says THC could play an important role in how we process negative emotions


Can Marijuana Improve Your Emotional State?
Study says THC could play an important role in how we process negative emotions. It's no secret that marijuana can put a smile on many people's faces, but research suggests that the drug's positive effects go beyond just getting high. A 2012 study published in the peer-reviewed academic journal European Neuropsychopharmacology suggests that the brain's endocannabinoid system – which is activated by THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana –
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Monday

 

11 ARTICLES & STUDIES IN TODAY'S NEWS FOR NEUROLOGISTS, NURSES & PATIENTS! 5,166 MS HEADLINES ARE IN OUR ARCHIVES! MORE DAILY MS NEWS THAN ANY SITE IN THE WORLD! New stories are posted throughout the day:

Depression: Can a Coach Help?
Adding old-fashioned technology -- the telephone -- to a Web-based intervention for depression improved adherence to the intervention, but there was no symptom benefit. Compared with those who did not receive telephone coaching to help navigate the depression treatment software, coached patients had significantly more login days (P=0.01) and were likely to continue to use the software for longer periods according to David Mohr, PhD, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Ill.,

Pilates for people with multiple sclerosis who use a wheelchair: feasibility, efficacy and participant experiences.
Pilates appears to be efficacious in improving sitting stability and posture and decreasing pain and was also well tolerated by wheelchair users with MS. Further mixed methods studies are warranted. Implications for Rehabilitation Group-based core stability exercise or Pilates for people with MS who use wheelchair is a feasible and safe way of exercising for this patient group. Pilates exercises for people moderately to severely affected by MS resulted in a decrease in back and shoulder pain and improvement in sitting balance. Future appropriately powered randomised controlled studies into Pilates for people with MS reliant on wheelchair are warranted.

AUBAGIO (Teriflunomide) in relapsing multiple sclerosis: therapeutic utility
Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Dis

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This study indicates that smokers are twice as likely to produce neutralising antibodies that will stop their MS drugs working


Smoking and risk of treatment-induced neutralizing antibodies to interferon β-1a. Mult Scler. 2013 Aug. [Epub ahead of print]

When you start to make neutralising antibodies these are binding to the active site of beta interferon and will stop it working.

CONCLUSIONS:
This study indicates that smokers are twice as likely to produce neutralising antibodies  that will stop their MS drugs working...Time to Quit?
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RHODE ISLAND'S RULES HARMFUL TO MS PATIENTS

Bea Burns has been bedridden for 17 years. She is 59, lives in Wakefield and has advanced multiple sclerosis.

She speaks in a whisper and clutches rolled up washcloths to keep her fingernails from gouging the palms of her hands.

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Sunday

 

Cindi Rill, Columnist: DUE TO MY RECENT LOSS OF MY YOUNG DAUGHTER & MY MS, I HAVE HAD DEBILITATING SO I WROTE THIS COLUMN TO HELP OTHERS

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8 Tips for Friendship & Support for Chronic Illness Depression
People with chronic illnesses often feel isolated, both mentally and physically. If your friend is happy to talk about their condition  \it may be worthwhile to find out what restrictions their condition might put on them. Some chronic illnesses can be quite limiting in a physical sense…so  talk to your friend and find out what works for them…they know their body best.

When they are experiencing "acute epsodes" That people with depression and chronic illness, experience periodically, they may want to isolate themselves. Always remember that they are still your friend.

They still need to know that you are there for them. It can be hard on your friendship not to understand exactly what they are going through and missing your old friend. Not completeely understandingwhy they wont go to lunch or that tupper ware party.
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Yvonne Decellis, Columnist: THE NUMBNESS & PAIN IN MY HANDS HAVE IMPROVED AFTER ONLY 8 DAYS OF MY BEING ON TECFIDERA

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I just wanted to give you another Tecfidera update (sorry if I am writing in too fast and too frequently with these updates. I just want to be sure to keep you posted as to the changes as I notice them and/or have them pointed out to me.)

I used to have major issues and/or problems with numbness  and pain in my hands as a residual side effect from one of the worst exacerbations I have ever had (in 1998). During this attack, my left hand and arm went almost completely numb (and I am left handed). I eventually lost a lot of feeling in both hands and after getting over the attack (with the help of seven 6-hour Immunoglobulin drips)

I lost a significant amount of feeling in both hands, particularly in the left.
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HERE'S SUNDAY'S NEWS PLUS 101 ARTICLES & STUDIES WE POSTED IN LAST 7 DAYS FOR NEUROLOGISTS, NURSES & PATIENTS!

A groundbreaking study using stem cells to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Parasite Infections in Multiple Sclerosis Modulate Immune Responses through a Retinoic Acid Dependent Pathway

Evaluation of plaque detection and optimum time of enhancement in acute attack multiple sclerosis after contrast injection


Multiple sclerosis and pregnancy
Multiple sclerosis will usually calm down during pregnancy, but the number of relapses again increases immediately after childbirth. Among the conventional immunomodulatory drugs, there is experience already for over 15 years of the use of interferon-beta and glatiramer. No indications of harmful effects on the fetus have been noted, and interferon-beta and glatiramer can very likely be safely used until the beginning of pregnancy.

 AUBAGIO (Teriflunomide) in relapsing multiple sclerosis: therapeutic utility 

Tips for Dealing with Cognitive Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis

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The MS Society Announces a New Physician Training Program to Improve MS Care

As part of the National MS Society’s commitment to support the training of physicians in the comprehensive care of people with MS, we are launching a new training program offering five-year awards to mentors and institutions to provide training for board-certified/eligible neurologists and physiatrists in MS comprehensive care. The program was developed in response to the critical need to increase the supply of physicians with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of MS. The goal is for fellows to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to provide the highest quality of care for individuals with MS. Applications are due September 30, 2013.

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5 ways to keep your memory sharp




The way you live, what you eat and drink, and how you treat your body affect your memory as well as your physical health and wellbeing. Here are five things you can do every day to keep mind and body sharp:
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Saturday

 

Tecfidera was the best launch in the history of MS drug launches: More than 3,500 physicians have prescribed it. About 25% of Tecfidera patients were not on a prior therapy, while about 75% switched from a different disease-modifying MS therapy"



Tecfidera got off to a fast start in terms of the number of physicians who prescribed it and the number of patients who went on the treatment, Tony Kingsley, Biogen's executive vice president of global commercial operations, told IBD. More than 3,500 physicians have prescribed it. About 25% of Tecfidera patients were not on a prior therapy, while about 75% switched from a different disease-modifying MS therapy.

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Friday

 

8 ARTICLES & STUDIES IN TODAY'S NEWS FOR NEUROLOGISTS, NURSES & PATIENTS! 5,166 MS HEADLINES ARE IN OUR ARCHIVES! MORE DAILY MS NEWS THAN ANY SITE IN THE WORLD! New stories are posted throughout the day:


Multiple sclerosis and pregnancy
Multiple sclerosis will usually calm down during pregnancy, but the number of relapses again increases immediately after childbirth. Among the conventional immunomodulatory drugs, there is experience already for over 15 years of the use of interferon-beta and glatiramer. No indications of harmful effects on the fetus have been noted, and interferon-beta and glatiramer can very likely be safely used until the beginning of pregnancy. Fingolimod is suspected to be harmful for fetal development, and the use of this drug should be stopped no later than two months before discontinuing the contraception.

Health-related quality of life in multiple sclerosis patients with bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction.
Bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction are often overlooked symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and can be associated with lower health-related quality of life (HRQoL. Bladder and sexual dysfunction are associated with a poorer HRQoL in MS patients even if they have had MS for a relatively short time. Recognition and proper treatment is needed to prevent the development of more severe dysfunction; this may also lead to a better HRQoL. Implications for Rehabilitation Bladder and sexual dysfunction are associated with a poor health-related quality of life in MS patients. Sexual dysfunction may explain mental health issues among individuals with a short disease duration. Recognition and treatment may prevent the development of more severe sexual and bladder dysfunction and increase physical health-related quality of life.


MS patients' leap for charity
A group of people from Sheffield living with multiple sclerosis will be plunging 10,000 feet in a daring skydive to raise charity money.


Multiple sclerosis: basic knowledge and new insights in perioperative management.
We concluded that the disease itself as well as the treatment modalities may have several implications in the conduct of anesthesia and perioperative management of MS patients. General and regional anesthetic techniques have been successfully used. With thorough preoperative evaluation and in depth knowledge of the disease and its complications, the MS patients can be managed safely.

Site-Specific PEGylation Enhances the Pharmacokinetic Properties and Antitumor Activity of Interferon Beta-1b.
Interferon beta (IFN-β) is widely used to ameliorate disease progression in patients with Multiple Sclerosis. IFN-β has a short half-life in humans, necessitating frequent administration for optimum effectiveness. Unexpectedly, we found that most of the PEG-IFN-β analogs showed 11- to 78-fold improved in vitro bioactivities relative to their unPEGylated parent proteins and to IFN-β-1b. In vivo studies showed that a lead PEG-IFN-β protein had improved pharmacokinetic properties compared to IFN-β and was significantly more effective than IFN-β at inhibiting growth of a human tumor xenograft in athymic mice.

Bupropion-Related Visual Hallucinations in a Veteran With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Multiple Sclerosis.

Gait and six-minute walk performance in persons with multiple sclerosis.

Preliminary validation study of the Spanish version of the satisfaction with life scale in persons with multiple sclerosis.

 

Can estriol improve cognition in MS? Sex hormone will be evaluated in 12-month study

Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, UCLA

MS relapses are decreased by 80% during late pregnancy, which may be due to estriol, the major estrogen of pregnancy. Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, UCLA, and investigators in California, Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania seek women with MS for a multi-center clinical trial that will explore estriol’s effects on MS-related cognitive issues. In a related Society-funded study, Dr. Voskuhl’s team is studying the effects of estriol on MS disease activity in 150 women living with the disease.

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Thursday

 

Mercy Neurological Institute lands grant for multiple sclerosis center to establish the first multiple sclerosis wellness center in Northern California

The Mercy Neurological Institute has received a $890,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to establish the first multiple sclerosis wellness center in Northern California for people facing challenges from the disease. The center will be modeled after a MS achievement center at UCLA,
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15 ARTICLES & STUDIES IN THURSDAY'S NEWS FOR NEUROLOGISTS, NURSES & PATIENTS!

  Ambien (Zolpidem) and Driving Impairment — Identifying Persons at Risk
 Zolpidem (Ambien, Sanofi) is the most widely used prescription drug for insomnia and one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States. Treatment of insomnia, which has important effects on patients' quality of life, may also have larger public health benefits.



ESTRIOL MAY IMPROVE COGNITION IN MS...Sex hormone will be evaluated in 12-month study
MS relapses are decreased by 80% during late pregnancy, which may be due to estriol, the major estrogen of pregnancy. Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, UCLA, and investigators in California, Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania seek women with MS for a multi-center clinical trial that will explore estriol’s effects on MS-related cognitive issues. In a related Society-funded study, Dr. Voskuhl’s team is studying the effects of estriol on MS disease activity in 150 women living with the disease.

MS Trial Alert: Researchers in California, Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania Recruiting Women with Progressive or Relapsing MS for Study of Estriol to Improve Cognition
Investigators in California, Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania are recruiting 64 women with MS relapsing-remitting, secondary-progressive, or primary-progressive for a 12-month study in which the sex hormone estriol will be compared with inactive placebo for effects on cognitive function. Participants can remain on their prescribed MS medication throughout the study. Rhonda Voskuhl, MD (University of California at Los Angeles) is the principal investigator of the trial. The study is funded by various private donors to the UCLA program.

MS Trial Alert: Abili-T Study of Tcelna Immunotherapy Recruiting 180 People with Secondary-Progressive MS in U.S. and Canada
Investigators in the United States and Canada are recruiting 180 people with secondary-progressive MS for a phase 2 clinical trial of Tcelna® (Imilecleucel-T, Opexa Therapeutics, Inc.), a personalized T-cell therapy using an individual’s own immune cells.  The placebo-controlled study, also called the Abili-T study, is sponsored by Opexa Therapeutics, Inc., of The Woodlands, Texas.

 Computer-assisted rehabilitation of attention in patients with multiple sclerosis: results of a randomized, double-blind trial.
There is controversial information on the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis.
The objective of this paper is to test a home-based computerized program for retraining attention dysfunction in MS.
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FRANK'S COLUMN: To my wife friend lover and care giver to my unfortunately many illnesses!!

Frank Williams, Poet & Columnist, MSnewsChannel.com
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:::::::Happy Anniversary My Love:::::::::::
Dear Deborah, my darling wife. Yes, it's been another year
another one filled with too many endeavors too many tears
the pains we shared and have endeavored doesn't seem fair
with all my illnesses and pains yet you stay beside me because you care
if you knew how deep inside I truly wanted to be your shiny knight
instead the future.
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Wednesday

 

Amy Winehouse 30th birthday to be marked by charity sky dive by Amy's mother Janis, 58, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis

‘When I was asked about taking part in the parachute jump I just said ‘why not’? – that’s my general outlook on life,’ Janis said in relation to the challenge.

‘Life is short, live it! This is important to me as it will not only raise funds and awareness for the Foundation, but also will let people know that having MS doesn’t need to stop you doing anything you want.’

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THIS IS MY 1ST COLUMN: MS...What a Strange and Random Disease

Tony Bodmer, Columnist, MSnewsChannel.com
    
My name is Tony Bodmer and I am 34 years old.  This is my 1st Column!
I'm looking forward to writing more here and hopefully educating some people about MS.  I know I didn't know anything about it til the day I was diagnosed and there's too many people out there who are just not educated on what MS is. I was diagnosed with ms 9 years ago when I was 25.  The first 5 years were pretty bad until I was referred to an MS specialist by my neurologist.  She finally got me on a med that actually worked and, it's kind of leveled off now. I was diagnosed right when tysabri came out for the first time.  I had one infusion and three days before my 2nd infusion, it was taken off the market.
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17 ARTICLES & STUDIES IN TUESDAY'S NEWS FOR NEUROLOGISTS, NURSES & PATIENTS!

 

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC: Natural Sleep Help! Complementary Insomnia Aids PLUS Cognitive-behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
 A wide range of complementary medicine options — non-invasive and non-habit forming — can be used alone or in combination with standard treatment for insomnia. Research suggests they are effective for many people, with more than 50 percent of study participants finding them very helpful in maintaining health and well-being.

Is the 'liberation procedure' for multiple sclerosis really liberating?
Journal of Neurology Neurosurg. Psychiatry. published 20 August 2013,

Screening for neurotropic viruses in cerebrospinal fluid of patients with multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases
Multiple Sclerosis Journal. published 19 August 2013,

A Handicapped Tag Can Help You Beat the Heat
Even if you can walk just fine once you get inside, if heat intolerance is part of your multiple sclerosis "package," consider getting "the tag." Some of you might have a list of reasons why you don't need a handicapped tag (for instance, even the name is awful, but "disabled parking placard" is not much better) or be resistant to getting one for fear of what others might think.

MS CAN INTERFERE WITH YOUR SLEEP! HERE'S 7 SLEEP TIPS FROM THE MAYO CLINIC
Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night's sleep — from your MS to pressure at work and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as layoffs, relationship issues or illnesses. It's no wonder that quality sleep is sometimes elusive.


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Surgery and Risk for Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Case-Control Studies


Surgery and Risk for Multiple Sclerosis
A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Case-Control Studies


Abstract-Background: Although the precise etiology of multiple sclerosis is largely unknown, there is some speculation that a prior history of surgery may be associated with the subsequent risk for developing the disease. Therefore, we aimed to examine surgery as a risk factor for the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
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MS CAN INTERFERE WITH YOUR SLEEP! HERE'S 7 SLEEP TIPS FROM THE MAYO CLINIC


You're not doomed to toss and turn every night. Consider simple tips for better sleep, from setting a sleep schedule to including physical activity in your daily routine. Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night's sleep — from pressure at work and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as layoffs, relationship issues or illnesses. It's no wonder that quality sleep is sometimes elusive. Although you might not be able to control all of the factors that interfere with your sleep, you can adopt habits that encourage better sleep.
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HERE'S 156 STUDIES AND ARTICLES WE POSTED FOR YOU LAST WEEK:

Sativex oro-mucosal spray
GW Pharma has submitted a phase III investigational new drug application with the  FDA to conduct a Sativex efficacy and safety clinical program to treat spasticity due to Multiple Sclerosis. Sativex has been undergoing phase III program in the US as a treatment for Cancer pain
Composed mainly of two cannabinoids including CBD (cannabidiol,) and THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol), Sativex is administered as a metered dose oro-mucosal spray.

Impact of of wheelchair use on quality of life
Are you ready for a wheelchair? It may improve your quality of life
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19 ARTICLES & STUDIES IN TODAY'S NEWS FOR NEUROLOGISTS, NURSES & PATIENTS! 5,166 MS HEADLINES ARE IN OUR ARCHIVES! MORE DAILY MS NEWS THAN ANY SITE IN THE WORLD!

 Future MRI tools in multiple sclerosis.
J Neurol Sci. 2013 Aug 15;331(1-2):14-8.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is extremely sensitive in detecting multiple sclerosis (MS)-related abnormalities. As a consequence, it has become an established tool to diagnose the disease and to monitor its evolution. In patients at presentation with clinically isolated syndromes suggestive of MS, MRI has been formally included in the diagnostic work up and ad hoc criteria have been proposed and are updated on a regular basis. However, in patients with definite MS, the strength of the relationship between conventional MRI findings and subsequent clinical manifestations of the disease remains modest.
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Multiple sclerosis market could reach $18.3 billion in 2018! Tysabri sales are growing at a 19-percent compound annual rate.


The multiple sclerosis (MS) market is expected to peak at $18.3 billion in 2018, according to healthcare analysts Datamonitor Healthcare. An important drug used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis ended up triggering Perrigo Company’s blockbuster acquisition of Elan Corp., according to terms of the agreement announced Monday by officials of both operations. Tysabri sales are growing at a 19-percent compound annual rate. Tysabri, administered to MS patients to slow or halt effects of the incurable disease of the central nervous system, had global sales of $1.6 billion last year.
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