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What’s Your Dream Job?





















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By Kim Dolce—January 30, 2016

So many of us jump through hoops to hang onto our work lives for as long as possible. And for so many of us, that working life must come to an end. We win our claim for Social Security Disability and retire years before we thought we would, years before most people do. Yet, though we are no longer able to sustain a conventional 40-hour work week, we are far from being willing to be idle indefinitely, sitting in the lounger with the remote glued to one hand. We still want to make a contribution by using our skills, experience and knowledge, just like we did when we were working. But how do we find such a job?
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MS Auckland see workers take stairs






















Nick Kearns from Auckland University's UniServices, left, Jaimee Maha from Auckland Council and Ingrid Minett from Multiple Sclerosis Auckland are gearing up for Lift Free February.

Jaimee Maha will be finding it a bit of a hard slog to get to work next month.
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National MS Society Awards Grant to London Researchers




























UC London researchers given grant to further develop medicines for progressive form of disease

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the U.S. has awarded a new grant to a University College London (UCL)  research team to continue work into compounds with the potential to act as neuroprotective therapies for degenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS). The financial support comes through the Society’s business-oriented subsidiary, the Fast Forward venture.
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Gilenya (Fingolimod) trial INFORMS primary progressive MS strategy


















By Eleanor McDermid, Senior medwireNews Reporter

Fingolimod is unable to slow disability progression or brain volume loss in patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), show the findings of the INFORMS study.
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The efficacy of a Mindfulness Based Intervention for depressive symptoms in patients with MS and their caregivers: study protocol for a randomized controlled clinical trial





























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Saturday

 

The MS Persona
















I am not sure how many of us do this but I know a lot of us do, I mean, I know I do. You wake up and you just know it’s going to be a horrible day; you are dizzy, exhausted and in a lot of pain. Then, as the day goes on, someone asks you, “Hey, how are you doing?” but rather than telling the truth you put a smile on and say, “I am ok, what about you?”
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Adaptive Yoga for MS: Chair Yoga for the Hips and Legs: VIDEO
























In this video by Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis, watch some yoga exercises suitable for all levels.
If at any time you feel pain come out of the pose immediately. Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

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MS-related Nerve Damage May Be Treatable with Anti-Seizure Drug


























Researchers, backed by MS societies, find phenytoin protected optic nerve fibers in patients and may aid CNS

Researchers from the University College London (UCL) found that the anti-convulsant drug phenytoin protected neural tissue in patients with optic neuritis — often the first symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS) — a condition that causes the nerves carrying information between the eyes and the brain to become inflamed and progressively damaged.
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How to Get a Handicapped Parking Permit for MS






















A handicapped parking permit allows you to park closer to your destination and may confer other privileges as well.

Handicapped parking permits are not just for people who use wheelchairs or other assistive devices. Talk to your doctor about applying for one.
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Characterizing the phenotype of MS–associated depression in comparison with idiopathic major depression: STUDY







































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Friday

 

MS sufferer films her own 'brutal and draining' seizure and goes viral: VIDEO
















































A multiple sclerosis sufferer's video of herself having a seizure has gone viral after she posted it online.
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Physical Activity and Exercise: A Lifespan Approach to Maintain Health: VIDEO
























Associate Professor Jenny McGinley, a physiotherapist presented a lecture titled “Physical activity and exercise: A lifespan approach to maintain health”

In this MS Research Australia video, learn more about the Progress in Multiple Sclerosis Research Scientific Conference, a public lecture that was held to share the exciting MS research progress with the community.
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Optic Neuritis in MS: VIDEO























In this video by the National MS Society, watch people living with multiple sclerosis share their experiences with optic neuritis.

Also, neuro-opthamologist Tariq Bhatti, MD from Duke University Medicine discusses management and treatment options.
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MS Researchers Watch as Myelin-producing Cells Migrate and Mature































Discovery of how nerve-protecting cells work may lead to way of treating MS relapses

Researchers have described the mechanisms by which cell precursors of oligodendrocytes — the cells responsible for the generation of myelin in the central nervous system — migrate from their birthplace to their workplace during brain and spinal cord development, and begin to mature and wrap about nerve fibers. The finding, the authors said, may have the potential to aid migration and maturation, and so “significantly reduce” the severity of relapses in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.
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Frequency of Comorbidities and Their Association with Clinical Disability and Relapse in MS: STUDY































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Thursday

 

Women and MS















By Kim Dolce—January 27, 2016

This article is a companion piece to one of my previous articles titled: MS AND THE MANLY MAN. In the earlier piece, I discussed the unique challenges men with MS face. Although fewer men develop MS than women, they tend to have a more aggressive, disabling, and rapidly-advancing course. The bad news about women and MS is that the ratio of women to men with MS has increased from 2:1 to 4:1 during the past 50 years.
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Processed foods may increase likelihood of developing autoimmune diseases





















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In today's hustle and bustle world, processed foods are commonplace time-savers. But that convenience factor may come with a bigger price tag than previously known, says an international team of researchers. In findings published earlier this year in Autoimmunity Reviews, researchers from Israel and Germany present evidence that processed foods weaken the intestine's resistance to bacteria, toxins and other hostile nutritional and not nutritional elements, which in turn increases the likelihood of developing autoimmune diseases.
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Antidepressants in Pain Management

























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Antidepressants were originally developed with the intention of improving symptoms of depression, but some of these medications have been recognized for their ability to relieve chronic pain. In particular, chronic neuropathic pain caused by damage to the nerves in the pain pathways is responsive to some antidepressant medications.
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MS Drug Tied to Higher Risk for Potentially Deadly Brain Virus





























Patients taking Tysabri were more prone to show signs of exposure to JCV, which can cause a brain disease

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with multiple sclerosis who are treated with the drug Tysabri (natalizumab) may have up to a 10 times greater risk for a rare and potentially deadly viral infection, a new study finds.
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Soluble TREM-2 in cerebrospinal fluid from patients with MS treated with Tysabri (natalizumab) or mitoxantrone: STUDY




























Cerebrospinal Fluid Cells
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Wednesday

 

Caregiver Perspective: It’s Snowing

























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By Donna Steigleder—January 26, 2016

It’s been the talk for days. “Have you heard? We might get a foot of snow.” The prediction was for it to start before sunrise on Friday, then changed to 10 a.m., and then to 1 p.m. Two days before the snow was predicted, lines at the grocery store were wrapped around and down aisles. All were preparing for the great storm to come.
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MS Society to Benefit from Auction of Jay Leno’s Custom Ford Truck



























Auction house Barrett-Jackson has donated almost $85 million to select charities since 1971

Barrett-Jackson, an Arizona-based auction company specializing in the auction of antique and classic automobiles,  has announced that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will be among the nonprofits supported through its 45th Anniversary auction of custom vehicles. The company has donated over $84.6 million to charities since 1971.
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Less Common MS Symptoms: VIDEO




























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This National MS Society video features a discussion with Stephen Krieger, MD, who talks about less common symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
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Study identifies potential therapeutic targets for treatment of MS



















Shao-Cong Sun, Ph.D.
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Treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other inflammatory diseases may benefit by new findings from a study that identified potential therapeutic targets for a devastating disease striking some 2.3 million people worldwide.
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Quantifying brain volumes for MS patients follow-up in clinical practice – comparison of 1.5 and 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging: STUDY


















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Tuesday

 

Some Pros and Cons of a Celebrity Sharing Their MS




























Jamie Lynn-Sigler
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By Devin Garlit—January 25, 2016

Since I’ve been diagnosed, I’ve learned of a number of notable celebrities or their family members that also suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.  Most, like Annette Funicello, Montel Williams, Alan Osmond, J.K. Rowling’s mother and Amy Schumer’s father are older than me and didn’t quite resonate with me that much.  Just recently however, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler announced that she has been battling Multiple Sclerosis for the past 15 years.  Her announcement really hit home, not just because I was a huge Sopranos fan but also because we are close in age and our MS story is similar.  While many with Multiple Sclerosis have been very excited to hear that she’s made this announcement, there are still others who wonder why it took so long and why she hadn’t been more vocal about it in the past.  There are no doubt many people who don’t know much about MS that are hearing the news and thinking that she looks great, and that MS must not be that bad.  Like it or not, we live in a very celebrity-driven world.  The rise of social media and an increasingly wide array of entertainment media have not only increased the number of people we deem “celebrities” but also put them right in our faces, seemingly constantly.  So it’s no surprise that when someone famous makes such an announcement, it will garner a wide variety of opinions.  I actually have mixed thoughts when a celebrity comes out and says they have MS, so I thought I’d talk about some of the pros and cons I think about.
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Epilepsy drug 'could help multiple sclerosis patients'






















In the study, 86 people with acute optic neuritis were either given phenytoin or an inactive placebo

An anti-convulsant drug used to treat epilepsy may also prevent nerve damage in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), research has shown.
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Some Forms of MS Might Be Treatable with Hematopoietic Stem Cells






































Review urges further study of common blood cancer therapy in select multiple sclerosis patients

Clinical trials suggest that hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), a common treatment for bone marrow and blood cancers, could also help people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The technique involves harvesting new, undeveloped blood or bone marrow (hematopoietic) cells, typically from the person affected with the disease (autologous). The goal is to remove the faulty cells and replace them with new, cancer-free cells.
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UVa researchers make brainy breakthrough






















The illustration at left show how scientists previously thought the lymphatic system (in green) was independent of the brain. The illustration at right shows the link discovered by UVa researchers Jonathan Kipnis and Antoine Louveau.
Illustration courtesy of UVa Health System/Anita Impagliazzo

A discovery by two University of Virginia neurology researchers has been hailed as one of the top scientific breakthroughs of the past year.
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Whole-body cryostimulation (cryotherapy) provides benefits for fatigue and functional status in MS patients. A case–control study: STUDY
















































Whole Body Cryotherapy Chamber
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Monday

 

What are You Belching About? The Importance of Gut Microbiome and MS





































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It was three o’clock in the morning and I suddenly woke up out of a sound sleep. I had a pounding headache and it felt like someone was sitting on my chest. I’d been under a great deal of stress so I told myself that must be the culprit. I quietly got out of bed, as quiet as someone can when they’re in total pain, and walked down our darkened hallway to our great room. I sat next to our sleeping cat on the couch and tried to meditate, focusing on my breath.
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Meet the Scots teacher who's not letting MS spoil her dreams

























Jennifer Smith

AN MS diagnosis just after her wedding left teacher Jennifer Smith reeling, until she decided to stay positive.
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MS fatigue linked with poor sleep and task length










































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Multiple sclerosis fatigue linked with poor sleep and task length.
Whether we have multiple sclerosis (MS), or not, all of us feel some level of tiredness or fatigue at some point in our lives. However, multiple sclerosis fatigue is different from “normal” tiredness. People without Multiple sclerosis have no problem in doing simple tasks such as going to the bank or going to the grocery store. But for individuals with MS, the fatigue can make even such simple tasks almost impossible.
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Novel MS Treatment Uses Chemo And Stem Cell Therapy To Restore Immune System


























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Chemotherapy is often (and only) associated with cancer, and for good reason: It’s one of the only methods of treating cancer that has been consistently useful. However, new research suggests the aggressive form of therapy may be good for something other than killing cancerous tumors.
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Relationship between symptom change, relapse activity and disability progression in MS: STUDY

















































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Sunday

 

MS And The Unexpected Perils Of Showering


















By Devin Garlit—January 21, 2016

Multiple Sclerosis has a knack for being extremely disruptive in the daily lives of those it afflicts. What may seem like a mundane and daily chore for most can become an enormous challenge for someone struggling with MS. One of the best examples of this I can think of is taking a shower. While it seems like such an easy task for most people, the standing, temperature changes, and even just remembering what to do can all be a struggle.
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Using chemo to treat MS shows 'remarkable' promise



















In this file photo, a nurse places a patient's chemotherapy medication on an intravenous stand. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Chemotherapy is well-known as a cancer treatment, but it could also be a big part of the cure for many with multiple sclerosis, the Guardian reports.
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Vitamin D’s Influence on MS Target of New Study


























Vitamin's lack has been linked to an increased multiple sclerosis susceptibility and activity

A team of researchers recently discovered two novel multiple sclerosis (MS)-associated genes that are regulated by vitamin D levels. The study, titled “The multiple sclerosis susceptibility genes TAGAP and IL2RA are regulated by vitamin D in CD4+ T cells,” was published in the advanced online section of Genes and Immunity.
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My Invisible Life: VIDEO

























In this My Invisible Life video, learn more on awareness and advocacy of invisible illnesses within our community through personal storytelling.
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Self-rated health in women prior to clinical onset of MS: A study within the Danish National Birth Cohort: STUDY
























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Saturday

 

Anti-LINGO-1: All You Need to Know




























Recently, Biogen released results from its Phase 2 acute optic neuritis (AON) RENEW trial which tested Anti-LINGO-1. Learn more about this results here.
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This Bike has MS: VIDEO
























One of the teams participating in the 10th anniversary of the MS Melbourne Cycle, an annual biking challenge to raise money for MS Australia, has built a bicycle that as closely as possible replicates the physical difficulties and discomforts that typify multiple sclerosis (MS).
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6 People Explain What It’s Really Like to Live With MS





















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Jamie-Lynn Sigler is finally opening up about a private battle she’s been facing for the past 15 years—living with multiple sclerosis.
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Take a weed break at work. It's allowed!
























Multiple sclerosis: Using marijuana or some of the chemicals in the plant may help prevent muscle spasms, pain, tremors and stiffness, according to early-stage, mostly observational studies involving animals, lab tests and a small number of human patients. The downside -- it may impair memory, according to a small study involving 20 patients.

At most offices in America, smoking a joint during your lunch break or eating cannabis-laced brownies at your desk would land you in HR.
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Optical Coherence Tomography for the Detection of Remote Optic Neuritis in MS: STUDY




























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Friday

 

But I FEEL Like I can…


















By Matt Allen G—January 21, 2016

As my level of disability has increased over the time that I have had Multiple Sclerosis, one fact has become increasingly annoying to me. I have physical disabilities but in my mind, I still “feel” like I can do things that I cannot.
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#TBT: Remembering Annette Funicello’s Long Battle with MS: VIDEO
























Annette Joanne Funicello was an American actress and singer best known for her roles the original Mickey Mouse Club and the successful Beach Party.
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FDA Invites Comment on Pending Stem Cell Therapy Regulations






























Stakeholders warn that proposed guidelines could curtail use of such therapy in medical practice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a one-day public hearing on four recent draft guidelines regarding the regulation of human cells, tissues, or cellular or tissue-based products (HCT/Ps). Critics of the proposed regulations warn that they curtail the medical use of autologous cell therapy and biologics, and their future potential as treatments for a range of diseases.
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MS Treatment that Reboots Immune System Featured on BBC Panorama






















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New stem cell therapy showing 'remarkable results' in small group of RRMS patients

A recent BBC Panorama program titled “Can you stop my Multiple Sclerosis?” featured a ground-breaking treatment for select patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) that has been developed at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in the United Kingdom.
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Subcutaneous interferon β-1a in pediatric patients with MS: Regional differences in clinical features, disease management, and treatment outcomes in an international retrospective study: STUDY





















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