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Saturday

 

Breast Exams & MS





























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October health awareness moments are dominated by pink for breast cancer but as I slowly stepped up to the machine for my annual mammogram, I muttered that it might take a bit longer than her usual clients to move, because of my MS. She helped position my left breast under the plates but she wasn’t really paying attention to my exam because all she wanted to know was ‘how did they know you had MS?’ I took a deep breath and held it as she took the first image and then when I was permitted to exhale, I started my diagnosis story but I knew immediately that really wasn’t what she wanted to know.
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New finding will help target MS




























Demyelination by MS. The CD68 colored tissue shows several macrophages in the area of the lesion. Original scale 1:100. Credit: Marvin 101/Wikipedia

Researchers have made another important step in the progress towards being able to block the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases.
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MS Study Explores Fatigue Management in an Organized Program

































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In a recent study published in the journal BMJ Open, a research team explored the use of fatigue management strategies in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who attended a group-based fatigue management program.
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MS Patients Show Real Gains from Group Exercise Program

























Results from a recent study published in the journal Rehabilitation Research and Practice showed the positive effects of community exercise programs in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Study participants showed physical improvements like higher energy levels and reduced fatigue, psychological benefits from those improvements and from group support and motivation, and a better understanding of the role of exercise.
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Timed walk as primary outcome measure of treatment response in clinical trials for HTLV-1-associated myelopathy: a feasibility study: STUDY


















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Friday

 

MS patient walks after taking HIV drugs: VIDEO
























A woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) says her symptoms improved so dramatically she was able to walk again after being prescribed HIV drugs.
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René Goudreau guilty of murdering mother with MS by arson





















René Goudreau in a court sketch done in November 2012.

A 30-year-old Ottawa man set fire to a Bayshore apartment while his mother, who used a wheelchair, was inside in November 2012, a jury found Tuesday as he was found guilty of first-degree murder.
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Nonprofits becoming more comfortable accepting pot donations
























In this Aug. 21, 2015 photo, David Sloan, who is a multiple sclerosis patient and medical marijuana client of the highly successful marijuana seller The Clinic, sits at home in Highlands Ranch, south of Denver. 
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One marijuana business hosts an annual golf tournament in Denver to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Another Colorado pot company donates to a gay-rights advocacy group and is a sponsor of an AIDS walk.
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Microchips May Be New Standard in MS Studies




























In a new article published in the journal Trends in Biotechnology, Korean researchers suggest that diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) might be better studied using compact, accessible chip technology than in current methods. The report, titled “Central Nervous System and its Disease Models on a Chip,“ appeared on Oct. 20, 2015.
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Sacral neuromodulation for the treatment of neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction caused by MS: a single-centre prospective series: STUDY





































Sacral neuromodulation
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Thursday

 

Disability worker with MS sues state for discrimination




Becky Harte
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A state employee who helped Michiganders get disability benefits is now suing the state for allegedly discriminating against her because of her own disability.
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Zombies to take over Panther Trail on Halloween


























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Zombies will flood the Panther Trail on Saturday as participants try to get past them to make it to the finish line of the third Zombie Run.
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Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Announces Expansion to United States Following Success in Australia and Europe










Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS), an organization dedicated to improving health outcomes of people with MS through its lifestyle risk modification program, announced today its expansion into the United States.  Recently, OMS unveiled a new website geared toward educating the MS community and announced the publication of two research studies in significant medical journals.
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Regulus Achieves All Research Milestones in Collaboration with Biogen to Identify microRNA Biomarkers for MS










Regulus Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, announced today that it has earned a fourth milestone payment in its collaboration with Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) related to progress in the companies' research collaboration to identify microRNAs as biomarkers for multiple sclerosis ("MS").   To earn the milestone, Regulus' microMarkersSM division used its robust technology platform and bioinformatics expertise to analyze the treatment effects of a Biogen relapsing MS drug on circulating microRNA profiles previously identified by Regulus.
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Effect of Smoking Cessation on MS Prognosis: STUDY






















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Wednesday

 

Ballet dancer diagnosed with MS explores life and fears in return to the stage


























Michelle Ryan dances with Vincent Crowley in a performance called Intimacy.
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A ballet dancer with MS is confronting her performance fears with a return to the stage in Adelaide.
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'Bad' White Blood Cells Responsible for MS





























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Researchers have identified a type of 'bad' white blood cells that are responsible for abnormal immune responses in patients of multiple sclerosis, which could help find new treatments for the disease.
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Consortium of MS Centers Issues Position Statement on Access to Medications to Treat Symptoms of MS





















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Hackensack, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 10/26/2015 -- The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), the leading professional and educational organization for healthcare specialists providing care and conducting research in multiple sclerosis (MS), has issued a position statement that asserts that prescribers must retain the right to decide on the best treatment and medication for each individual MS patient.
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2 Forms of MS Exhibit Differences in Cognitive Performance Study


























In a recent study published in the journal PLOS One, a team of researchers explored the differences in cognitive performance and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) correlates of cognitive deficits in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) to underscore the importance of tailored intervention in these two MS forms.
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Participant recruitment into a randomised controlled trial of exercise therapy for people with MS: STUDY




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Tuesday

 

When a Patient Becomes a Partner in Her Care






















Nurse Stephanie Buxhoeveden appreciated that her doctor took a team approach to treating her multiple sclerosis.

Stephanie Buxhoeveden was a 25-year-old nurse and graduate student when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago. “Even though I'm a healthcare provider myself, it took a while to make decisions,” she recalls. With her doctor’s support, Buxhoeveden became actively engaged in all decisions about her treatment. “I appreciated that my doctor took a team approach,” she says. “It really gives you a sense of control.”
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Sunningdale golfer named as ambassador for MS Society


























Tony Johnstone started experiencing symptoms of the disease that affects the central nervous system in 2003.

A professional golfer and Sky Sports commentator from Sunningdale who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis has been named as an ambassador for the MS Society.
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Early and Later Treatment Adopters by the Numbers



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Making treatment decisions upon receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) can be difficult as well as confusing. As a part of our 2015 MS in America survey, we asked people who have MS to tell us about their treatment decisions, including information about when they initiated treatment. Here are a few insights we gathered from patients who started treatment upon diagnosis as compared to those who delayed treatment.
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Neurons in MS Patients May be Protected by Vitamin D

























A new study from Sweden indicates that vitamin D could help protect nerve cells (neurons) in multiple sclerosis (MS). The report, titled “Vitamin D and axonal injury in multiple sclerosis,“ was published on October 13, 2015, in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.
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Physical Fitness Assessment Across the Disability Spectrum in Persons With MS: STUDY
































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Monday

 

Correcting Vitamin D Deficiency May Bolster Cognition in MS: VIDEO























Supplementation with high-dose vitamin D may help improve cognition in patients with multiple sclerosis who have low blood levels of the vitamin, researchers reported here.
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MS Truths on the Internet

























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If it’s on the Internet it has to be true, right? Especially if it shows up on your notices through someplace special like Google alerts, which send me the multiple sclerosis TOP headlines of each day. This morning in those headlines, not once but two times, there was the link to this intriguing story – People with Genetically Low Vitamin D Levels Are Exposed to Multiple Sclerosis.
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Early MS symptoms: Restless leg syndrome, numbness and weakness






















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Sensory problems, including restless leg syndrome (RLS), numbness and weakness, are the first sign of multiple sclerosis (MS). Sensory problems can occur in 20 to 50 percent of individuals with multiple sclerosis with a condition known as paresthesia. The condition can be caused by prolonged sitting or standing or remaining in a certain position for a long period of time.
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How diet may affect the progression of MS


























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Dietary fatty acids affect the development and progression of autoimmune chronic-inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis. In a collaborative study between the Departments of Neurology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (St. Josef-Hospital) and the Friedrich Alexander Universtiy Erlangen, researchers now found that long-chain fatty acids promote the development and propagation of CNS reactive immune cells in the intestinal wall. On the contrary, short-chain fatty acids promote the development and propagation of regulatory cells in the immune system. Prof Dr med. Aiden Haghikia and Prof Dr med. Ralf Linker published their results in the current edition of the journal Immunity.
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Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Interventions for Depression and Anxiety in Persons with MS: STUDY

























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Sunday

 

MS victim's video message pleads for no more cuts to social care: VIDEO





















Sandie Bailes has had £5,000 worth of cuts to her social care Credit: ITV ANGLIA

A woman with Multiple Sclerosis has sent a video message to county councillors to beg them not to make any more cuts to her care.
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Cannabis-Derived Sativex for MS-Related Spasticity Reported to Be Effective and Safe
































Barcelona, Spain-based, global pharma firm Almirall presented new clinical evidence at the 31st Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) — held in Barcelona October 7–10, 2015 — supporting the efficacy of its Sativex product, currently the only pharmaceutical medicine derived from cannabinoids to treat spasticity symptoms in multiple sclerosis (MS). Experts attending discussed various aspects of the disease, including spasticity’s impact on patients’ quality of life, and the specifics of its treatment with Sativex.
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Earnings Gap for Patients With MS Worse in Lower-Level Jobs

























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Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) start to earn less than their non-MS peers around 1 year before they are diagnosed, and by 5 years after diagnosis, they are earning less than three quarters of those unaffected by the condition, new Swedish data show. The loss in earnings is even more pronounced in patients with MS with lower education or who have manual jobs.
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Estradiol Analog May Boost Remyelination in MS


















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An analog of estradiol appears to be able to promote remyelination in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis, according to early work presented here.
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Exploring the effects of coexisting amyloid in subcortical vascular cognitive impairment: STUDY


































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Saturday

 

Flex Pharma Presenting Data on Promising Muscle Cramp Therapeutic Agent FLX-787 at Neuroscience 2015

























Flex Pharma, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on therapies for muscle cramps and spasms associated with neuromuscular conditions, recently announced that it will present new data on its therapeutic agent FLX-787 at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, currently taking place in Chicago (October 17–21).
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Supplements, My Supplements















Using natural supplements to help treat MS is always a topic of much interest amongst patients. In the face of the sometimes daunting side effect profiles of the pharmaceutical drugs approved to combat the disease, the use of herbs and other natural substances, widely perceived as being more benign than the immunosuppressant/immunomodulating pharmaceutical products, holds great appeal for many dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. MS research headlines regularly trumpet one natural remedy or another as having been discovered to slay or at least tame the MS beast, and stories of miracle cures abound, percolating their way around the Internet. It can be awfully hard to separate the wheat from the chafe, so to speak, making the whole topic of herbal remedies a great big ball of confusion.
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Montel Williams calls for Ohioans to back legalized marijuana




























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Talk show host Montel Williams has used marijuana to battle symptoms of multiple sclerosis for 14 years, and he urged Ohioans on Wednesday to pass Issue 3 on the Nov. 3 ballot despite its recreational pot component.
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New hope for the treatment of MS




































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Modern scientific understanding has considered multiple sclerosis (MS) to be a disease controlled by the T cell, a type of white blood cell. Research has shown that in MS, T cells inappropriately attack myelin, the protective layer of fat covering nerves in the central nervous system, exposing them to damage.
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Multimodal neurophysiological evaluation of primary progressive MS – An increasingly valid biomarker, with limits: STUDY

Friday

 

New drug called ‘groundbreaking’ in MS fight: VIDEO























Around 250,000 to 300,000 people in the United States Have multiple sclerosis.
A new drug awaiting FDA approval, has been called groundbreaking and it's being studied locally.
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Massive accumulator bet pays off netting £116,000 for jobless dad with MS


























Raheem Sterling's goals helped seal the big win

A jobless dad recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis has won £116,000 on a 10-fold accumulator - making it easier to care for his young son.
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Dietary fatty acids may influence flare-ups in MS, autoimmune disease






















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The types of fatty acids in the diet may affect the severity and duration of flare-ups that people with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases experience.
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Culprit B cells identified for MS




































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Researchers have identified a subset of B cells that contribute to multiple sclerosis (MS) pathology independently of antibody production.

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Genome-wide significant association with seven novel MS risk loci: STUDY

























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Thursday

 

Investigative News Reporter Stacy Case Discusses Her Story As "Evidence of Harm" Begins Oscar®-Qualifying Theatrical Run
























TV news reporter, Stacy Case

Main anchor at the Fox affiliate in Nashville and investigative TV news reporter Stacy Case is available to discuss her role in the new feature documentary "Evidence of Harm" as the film begins its Academy Award®-qualifying one-week engagement at Laemmle's Music Hall in Beverly Hills on October 23.
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My Computer’s Showing Signs of MS























By Trevis Gleason

I’ve had a bit of a rough go with my multiple sclerosis (MS) for the past couple of weeks. My cognition has needed more energy to keep me thinking relatively straight. Houseguests have been a joy, but extra people always mean extra work. I am only two-thirds of the way through the events on a very busy schedule … and my computer is acting up.
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Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS) – Pipeline Review, H2 2015





















ReportBazzar has included a new report titled “Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS) – Pipeline Review, H2 2015”to their offerings.
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Study Finds Fatigue to Be the Most Common Driver of Employment Changes in MS Patients

























In a recent study published in the International Journal of MS Care, a team of researchers determined that among patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), fatigue was the most common symptom associated with the decision to leave work or reduce the employment status. According to the researchers, comprehensive symptom management, especially fatigue management, may help patients preserve their employment status.
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Pharmacogenomic study in patients with MS




















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