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Monday

 

Businesses help Milton High School fundraiser for MS
























Marci Mitchell-Hallett works on a quiz in her Honors English 10 class at Milton High School in 2014. She is helping to organize a Dec. 12-13 lock-in at the high school to raise money for multiple sclerosis research.

Only a handful of the 30 businesses the Milton student council has approached for a multiple sclerosis fundraiser have donated so far.
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Growing Older with MS

























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If you’re at least 55, you’ve already lived through a minimum of two life stages with the disease: Youth, menopause, and that long phase called middle-age in which you still might dwell. If you’ve experienced all three and you’re not drooling in a corner of a psych ward by now, then you’ve been both lucky and resilient, a real trooper. You’ve made it to middle-age relatively unscathed. You have both life experience and disease experience, and you probably take both in stride more now than ever before. But what about the future?  What about the golden years and MS?
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BloodCenter of Wisconsin investigator awarded $700,000 grant for MS research































Bonnie Dittel, Phd
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BloodCenter of Wisconsin (BCW) Senior Investigator, Bonnie Dittel, PhD,  has received a $700,000 grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as part of a comprehensive research strategy aimed to find new treatments for the disease.
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Research and Markets: EpiCast Report: MS Study 2015 - Epidemiology Forecast to 2024
















































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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets
(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/9xqz4f/epicast_report) has announced the addition of the "EpiCast Report: Multiple Sclerosis - Epidemiology Forecast to 2024" report to their offering.
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Intrathecal lipid-specific oligoclonal IgM synthesis associates with retinal axonal loss in MS: STUDY




































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Sunday

 

Here's why the Pa. House needs to approve an important medical marijuana bill: Montel Williams: VIDEO

























Montel Williams speaks at State Capital in support of allowing an up or down vote on Medical Marijuana legislation currently stalled in committee. June 11, 2015. James Robinson, PennLive.com

By Montel Williams

There's a large group of Americans who spend every day struggling with a serious debilitating illness. It's a mostly powerless and unheard group, and I'm a member.
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Petition: Make Sativex to be Widely Available for MS Suffers























Sativex is the first cannabis-based medicine to be licensed in the UK

This petition is to ask the goverment to make Sativex widely available to people who have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to ease the symptoms of MS spasticity, spasticity can have a significant impact on daily activities.
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Purpose; Having a Hard Time Finding Meaning in Life




















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By Matt Allen G—November 25, 2015
Before I get into this I just want to say, I was originally thinking of posting this on my personal blog but I thought it might be better fitted here. There is a much different audience here and the more I thought about it the more I realized a lot of people may be able to relate and start a conversation which may help way more than anything I could possibly say.
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MS Society Supports 2 Projects Advancing MS Care, Services



























Work sharing part of £1.98M award aims to better patient knowledge and interaction with health providers

The United Kingdom based Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS Society) recently announced £1.98 million in grants to new MS research projects in different disease-related areas. A panel of experts carefully selected 16 projects to be funded through the MS Society’s 2015 grant round, totaling £1,979,879.
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Transcriptional response to interferon beta-1a treatment in patients with secondary progressive MS: STUDY






































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Saturday

 

A possible breakthrough for MS treatment if it can become a clinical trial



















Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the myelin cover of nerve cells from any region, in the brain, in the spinal cord and even in peripheral nerves, disrupting the process of transmitting signals. Multiple sclerosis symptoms are variated and depend on which nerve cells are affected first, but without a doubt from the central nervous system to the peripheral one it causes symptoms that highly affect daily activities and shorten life expectancy. From numbness and weakness in arms and legs to lack of coordination and thinking problems that only worsen in time every part of the body can get affected.
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Immune-disorder treatment in mice holds potential for MS patients



















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Inspiration is Everywhere – Community Feedback
















By Editorial Team—November 27, 2015

Inspiration comes in many forms: The love of a child. The purr of a cat. The solace of a good book. True inspiration and support sticks around beyond the easy, carefree times reminiscent of a TV commercial. It metaphorically holds your hand throughout your lowest moments and is still there to pull you from the trenches when the rough times finally subside.
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Opexa Therapeutics’ MS Therapy Selected as ‘Top Project to Watch’





























Company's work in personalized immunotherapies honored for 3rd consecutive year

Opexa Therapeutics, Inc., announced that it has been named one of the “Top Projects to Watch” for the third consecutive year. A panel of independent experts recognized the biopharmaceutical company for its work in the development of personalized immunotherapies for autoimmune disorders, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica (NMO).
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Epidemiological study of MS in La Rioja: STUDY

























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Friday

 

MS Research Gets A Boost






































Waugh Family Foundation invests $2 million, research chair planned

Multiple sclerosis (MS) research at the University of Manitoba got a shot in the arm earlier this month with a $2-million investment from the Waugh Family Foundation.
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Swimming for a good cause






















Maccabi members who participated in last year’s swimathon. Photo: Peter Haskin

MACCABI is trying to raise $100,000 for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with a national 12-hour swimathon this Sunday.

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The Budget Lacks Detail for People Living With Disabilities, Like MS

























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The comprehensive spending review and the Autumn budget offer a key opportunity to hear about the current state of the economy, and get details on the Government's spending plans for the next four years.
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Worker with MS settles discrimination case































A state of Michigan employee who helped people get disability benefits and said she was discriminated against because she has multiple sclerosis has settled a lawsuit against the state.
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Effects of a DVD-delivered exercise intervention on physical function in older adults with MS: A pilot randomized controlled trial: STUDY



































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Thursday

 

APF Scholarship Goes to Study of Stigma and Depression in MS

























Margaret Cadden's research will focus on psychological factors in disease progression

Ms. Margaret Cadden, a Pennsylvania State University doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, has been selected by the American Psychological Foundation (APF) as the recipient of the 2015 APF Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship prize of $10,000.
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Thanking a Caregiver with a Random Act of Kindness: VIDEO





















By Cathy Chester—November 24, 2015

All of us know a caregiver. We either are one, have one or know of one. So we know how much work is involved in being a caregiver.
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Immune-Disorder Treatment May Help MS Patients


























A University of Florida Health researcher has found a very simple and rapid way to treat an immune-related disorder in mice, an approach that could eventually help multiple sclerosis patients after further research.
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Controversial Intravascular Therapy for MS Moves from Cath Lab to the OR








An Italian doctor who stunned the world 6 years ago by reporting remarkable success treating multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with balloon angioplasty of neck veins told an audience at the VEITH symposium last week that open surgery may be an option for patients who cannot undergo the minimally invasive procedure. Whether or not so-called “liberation therapy”—endovascular or otherwise—actually helps MS patients remains an open question.
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Outcomes of pregnancy during interferon beta-1a therapy in Japanese patients with MS Interim results of a postmarketing surveillance study: STUDY
















































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Wednesday

 

Life with MS During the Holidays































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We recently asked our community members to participate in a survey about how they handle the holidays, and over 100 people shared their thoughts and experiences with us! First and foremost, we want to say thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback and help us better understand the unique experiences associated with living with MS during the holiday season.  As we know, the holidays can be a wonderful time to celebrate, spend time with friends and family, and hopefully enjoy some downtime.  In fact, almost everyone who participated in our survey said they plan to make the time they spend with friends and family extra special during the holiday season! Unfortunately, the season can also be stressful, particularly for individuals living with a chronic condition like MS.
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MS Patients on Salt-heavy Diets Risk Inflammation





























Studies suggest that salt modifies the function of 2 types of immune cells in harmful ways

Findings from two studies, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, indicate that high levels of salt alter the stability of the immune system and make it more susceptible to inflammation. The studies, which were led by Dr. David Hafler from Yale University and Dr. Dominik Müller from the Max-Delbruck Center in Germany, also suggest that salt modifies the function of several types of immune cells relevant to multiple sclerosis (MS) pathogenesis.
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MS Society Funds 3 New Investigations into Symptom Management



























Projects looking at clinical trials, fatigue and urinary infections share £1.98 million award

The Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS Society) in the U.K. recently announced  awards targeted towards new MS research. In total, 16 projects carefully selected by both a panel of experts and patients living with MS will share MS Society 2015 funding grants amounting to £1,979,879.
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Ups and Downs in MS: The Latest Drug Data




























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Introduction and Promising Phase 3 Results

The annual meeting of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) was held in Barcelona, Spain, on October 7-10, 2015, and boasted over 9000 attendees.
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Is disability pension a risk indicator for future need of psychiatric healthcare or suicidal behavior among MS patients- a nationwide register study in Sweden: STUDY
















































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Tuesday

 

The Artists Explaining Their MS Through Art




































Photo by Hannah Laycock

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is increasingly common in the UK, with over 100,000 reported cases and a growth rate of 2.4 percent every year. Worldwide, there are reportedly 2.3 million sufferers—though most diagnosed are given a "wait and see" policy of no drug therapy, which can often lead to the disease getting worse or relapsing. In September of this year, a leading charity called this out. Earlier this month, the MS Trust published a report expressing the vital importance of expert support staff, which sits shakily alongside the continuing crisis within the NHS.
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My Travels With MS: What’s Accessible, What’s Not?






















By the end of November, I’ll have spent two-thirds of my nights away from home this month, including in 10 different beds and a couple of airplanes. Luckily for me, I’ve been so bloody tired that I’ve slept well enough in spite of this.
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There’s no Holiday Break with MS
















It’s the most wonderful time of the year… or is it?  The days of autumn remind me that the season of holidays that comprise a parade of obligations, indulgences and excesses is closing in.  These holidays pose problems much greater than deciding what to wear or who to buy gifts for – especially for those of us living with Multiple Sclerosis or any other chronic disease. It’s exhausting just thinking about the calendar from Halloween until Christmas, and if I am wise I will adopt some different tactics to make it to January 1, 2014.
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MS Patients Show Improved Reactions with Treadmill Exercise

























Several studies have shown that exercise can improve movement in multiple sclerosis (MS), but new research indicates that it specifically may also  improve reaction time, a measurement of cognitive impairment. The study, titled “Acute effects of varying intensities of treadmill walking exercise on inhibitory control in persons with multiple sclerosis: A pilot investigation“ and conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois and the State University of New York, Buffalo, appeared Nov. 10 in the journal Physiology and Behavior.
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Functional electrical stimulation through direct 4-channel nerve stimulation to improve gait in MS: a feasibility study: STUDY


























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Monday

 

Roche to Pursue MS Ocrelizumab Drug Market Authorization




























Roche recently provided an update on their late-stage pipeline products across several therapeutic areas, including ocrelizumab for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The data was disclosed on Nov. 5 at the Roche Pharma Day 2015 event in London, U.K.
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Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool in MS Good for Everyday Use
















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Man, Superman, and MS: Has the Self-Improvement Meme Gone Bonkers?





















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By Kim Dolce—November 22, 2015

Let’s assume you are reading articles on this site not only for disease and treatment information, but also to seek some measure of inspiration. Maybe you feel you are less of a person now that you have some disabilities and can’t do what you once did; maybe you are now retired and feeling a creeping sense of worthlessness and unworthiness nagging at the back of your brain. You want to recapture the old pre-MS outlook you had that you can achieve anything you set your mind to in that peculiarly American rah-rah way. It’s what we do in this country. Self-improvement—the flip-side of which might be self-loathing—is the anthem we chant as though it is a religion unto itself. It seems that any creature that is plugged into pop culture feels inadequate and must discover some method to elevate her or himself from ordinary to sublime.
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MS Report Highlights High Cost of Care in UK



























A new report, written jointly by the NHiS Commissioning Excellence and the MS Trust, highlights the healthcare costs of emergency hospitalization of MS patients in the United Kingdom and points to more cost-effective and better ways to care for this patient population. The executive summary and full report are available at the NHiS website.
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The Effect of Three Times a Week Copaxone (Glatiramer Acetate) on Cerebral T1 Hypointense Lesions in Relapsing-Remitting MS: STUDY




















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Sunday

 

Might Chocolate Ease MS Fatigue?


























A research team from Oxford Brookes University is being given a £70,000 ($107,000) grant to analyze whether dark chocolate can help ease symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS Society) will fund the study.
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MS Society Funds 5 Projects Aiming to Cure the Disease

























The Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS Society) in the United Kingdom recently announced the investment of £1.98 million in new MS research. After an in-depth, rigorous review process of the 58 applications submitted, 16 projects were awarded funding through the MS Society’s 2015 grant round totaling £1,979,879.
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Brothers make a splash for MS funding


TEN traditional footballers and "brothers", figuratively speaking, will swap their footy shorts for trunks to help out a mate.
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Specialty drugs now cost more than the median household income

























The average annual retail cost of specialty drugs used to treat complex diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis now exceeds the median U.S. household income, according to a report to be published Friday.
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The experiences of support persons of people newly diagnosed with MS: an interpretative phenomenological study: STUDY

































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Saturday

 

Myoclonus – Why am I So Easily Startled by Sound?
















A few years ago it’s like something changed in me. Noise was so unbearable! Specifically loud and sudden sounds. Everything is so loud and when it is sudden it can make me jump so violently I may drop/fling across the room whatever I am holding! One time I was holding a plate with cake on it (we were celebrating someone’s birthday) and a balloon popped causing me to fling my plate of cake into the air making a mess all over the floor. What the heck was going on? This was not your typical “a really loud noise made me jump” like in a movie theatre. When I say “it makes me jump” I mean it causes my entire body to tense up so fast and tight that it’s like I jump, but it really is not the same.
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MS Society Invests in Research into Underlying Causes of Disease

























The Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS Society) in the United Kingdom recently announced the investment of £1.98 million in new MS research. The 16 projects awarded funding through the MS Society’s 2015 grant round were thoroughly evaluated in a rigorous review process.
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Mitsubishi Auction Raises Money for MS Society

























Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) recently announced a nationwide auction of its first Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The auction is currently ongoing on eBay  and bidding will conclude on Nov. 21 at the 29th annual MS Dinner Auction, sponsored by MMNA, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, California. Dinner attendees can still participate in the auction.
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Myelin Dysfunction in MS and Other White Matter Diseases Found to Be Linked to Specific Gene Mutations































In a new study, researchers have revealed the previously unknown function of the FAM126A gene in supporting myelination (the formation of the myelin sheath that protects neurons), a critically important process in the development and recovery of acute exacerbations in multiple sclerosis (MS). The research paper, entitled “The leukodystrophy protein FAM126A (hyccin) regulates PtdIns(4)P synthesis at the plasma membrane,” was recently published in the journal Nature Cell Biology.
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MS in Latin America: A different disease course severity? A collaborative study from the MSBase Registry: STUDY







































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