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Thursday

 

You Have to Want it As Bad As You Want Oxygen

























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By Matt Allen G

There are two brothers walking on the beach just talking. The younger was in his early 20’s and the older was in his early 30’s. The younger brother, intrigued by the older brother’s success in life, asks, “How did you become so successful?”
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The Bitter(sweet) Truth About MS

















































Oh sugar, sugar…

Diet Coke is my “thing.” I have a love/hate relationship with it – I hate being without it but I know I need to end our affair. I like to think that it helps me stay awake, but in reality it gives me headaches and an upset stomach. I don’t even love the taste, but I’m still drawn to it. Why?
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ROY DAVIS JR. HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH MS


























Chicago house legend Roy Davis Jr. has issued a statement via his Facebook page revealing his diagnosis with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). His shows in April have been either cancelled or postponed.
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Predicting MS Risk for Relatives with More Ease























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It is now more possible to predict which individuals will develop multiple sclerosis (MS), according to findings published in the Annals of Neurology.
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The effect of venous anatomy on the morphology of MS lesions: a susceptibility-weighted imaging study: STUDY


































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Wednesday

 

7 Tips to Stay Healthy When You Travel

























By Cathy Chester

After I began to blog I decided to step out of my comfort zone and signed up for my first blogging conference. I was excited about meeting other bloggers. But I also felt extremely anxious. The conference was to be held at a large venue and I’d have to take shuttles between my hotel and the event. This seemed completely daunting.
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Walking again... thanks to a tiny switch in the sock

















































  • Foot drop caused weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot 
  • It is a disorder of the nerves and can be the result of injuries, stroke or conditions such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis 
  • An electronic implant that helps victims is now available on the NHS
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Plant peptide could prevent onset of MS
























MedUni Vienna has made a crucial development in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Together with his team and the research group led by Gernot Schabbauer, international partners from Australia, Germany and Sweden, Christian Gruber, Chief Researcher at the Center for Physiology and Pharmacology has demonstrated in an animal model that, following treatment with a specially synthesized plant peptide (cyclotide), there is no further progression of the usual clinical signs of multiple sclerosis. Gruber: "The one-off oral administration of the active agent brought about a great improvement in symptoms. There were no further attacks of the disease. This could slow down the course of the disease in general."
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U.S. firms target investment in Israeli cannabis R&D
























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Already a pioneer in high-tech and cutting-edge agriculture, Israel is starting to attract American companies looking to bring medical marijuana know-how to a booming market back home.
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Changes in Cognitive Processing Speed, Mood, and Fatigue in an Observational Study of Persons With MS Treated With Ampyra (Dalfampridine-ER): STUDY
































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Tuesday

 

Ask Me Anything























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By Laura Kolaczkowski

A group of us who write as patient experts for MultipleSclerosis.net  and others from the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America had the opportunity to celebrate MS Awareness month by participating in an Ask Me Anything session on the MultipleSclerosis.net Facebook page.  People were invited to ask their MS questions and we doled out our best answers.  It was a fast paced hour of responding to the great questions asked and  I’ve thought a lot about this after we were done and wondered if there is a pattern to the information needs and questions,  and come up with just a few themes.
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Living her life with MS

















































Jo Stewart

A “MAGICAL’’ Gisborne lifestyle and a low-saturated fat diet rather than a medicated regime works wonders for Jo Stewart, nine years after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Jo was diagnosed on February 16, 2007, at 4.30pm.
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MS Drug Pricing Driving Up Neurology Medicare Payments
























Multiple sclerosis drugs are driving the high payment per supply ratio seen in neurology prescribing patterns, a new study on retail prescription drug spending shows.
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Diabetes Drugs May Slow Disease Activity in MS


















Treatment with metformin and/or pioglitazone may have anti-inflammatory effects in patients with both multiple sclerosis (MS) and metabolic syndrome, study data indicate.
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A Pilot Study of Changes in Functional Brain Activity during a Working Memory Task after mSMT Treatment: the MEMREHAB Trial: STUDY


















































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Monday

 

Authorities search for missing 27-year-old man with MS


























Marque Mency, 27

Authorities asked the public Friday to keep an eye out for a missing 27-year-old Midwestern man.
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Greenock care worker stole from MS sufferer



























A THIEVING former care worker who ‘preyed’ on a multiple sclerosis sufferer and an elderly stroke victim was yesterday spared a prison sentence — despite a string of ‘gross breaches of trust’ against her vulnerable victims.
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10 Early Warning Symptoms of MS



























Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a progressive autoimmune disorder that wears away at the coverings that protect the nerve cells. Affecting about 2.5 million people around the world, MS gradually weakens bodily function by attacking the cells of the brain and spinal column.
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Doctors Diagnosing More People with MS: VIDEO

























Scott Milne

Right now, doctors are diagnosing more people with multiple sclerosis. According to the National MS Society, nearly 2.5 million people battle the disease.
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Acute recovery from exercise in people with MS: an exploratory study on the effect of exercise intensities: STUDY

































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Sunday

 

Is That an MS Symptom? Or Am I Just Sore and Tired?






















With the sun finally making an appearance this past weekend and a full visitors’ schedule ahead, Caryn and I spent a few days in the garden and on some spring household chores, and I’m feeling the effects.
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Diet diary: Fight autoimmune diseases, take your vitamins
























Our immune system protects us from various diseases. However, at times it goes into an overdrive and attacks the body itself, leading to tissue destruction and degenerative diseases, referred to as autoimmune diseases.
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New research published on MS prevalence and ethnicity























A study published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal today has shown significant differences in the prevalence of MS amongst different ethnic groups in London.
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Rosacea Appears to Be Linked to MS in Women, Study Reports



























Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition affecting mostly fair-skinned individuals. A study from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, recently showed that the condition in women is also associated with MS.
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Cross-validation of oxygen uptake prediction during walking in ambulatory persons with MS: STUDY




























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Saturday

 

There ARE Upsides to Having a Poor Memory
















By Matt Allen G

One of my worst symptoms of multiple sclerosis is my cognitive issues or my difficulty thinking. I have a hard time with basic problem solving now; it takes me a long time to piece basic thoughts together. But more specifically is my memory; it’s horrible! And not just “long-term” memory, I will think “What time is it?” and I will pull my phone out of my pocket to check. I unlock my phone and then find myself standing there just staring at it thinking, “Ok, what was I doing? Why am I looking at my phone?” and about a minute minute later I remember “Oh yeah, the time, the thing I am staring at in big bold letters”.
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MS Animal Study Suggests That Placental Cells Might Serve as Future Stem Cell Therapy































Research on a specific type of stem cell found in the placenta, known as decidua-derived mesenchymal stem cells (DMSC), suggests these cells might be the source of future treatments for multiple sclerosis. The report, “Restrained Th17 response and myeloid cell infiltration into the central nervous system by human decidua-derived mesenchymal stem cells during experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis,“ appeared on March 17, 2016, in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy.
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Local Author Using Books for MS Awareness: VIDEO






















“I just want people with MS to know that they’re not alone. There is a big population of people with multiple sclerosis in the world.”
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Heppner woman with MS marches on Capitol Hill























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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden meets with members of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Oregon Chapter, including Merilee McDowell of Heppner (second from left) and Pamila Hussey, a native of Milton Freewater (center), to discuss the 21st Century Cures Act.

Merilee McDowell, who spearheaded a fundraising walk in Heppner 18 years ago to fight multiple sclerosis, recently shared her story on Capitol Hill.
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Exploratory analysis of predictors of patient adherence to subcutaneous interferon beta-1a in MS: TRACER study: STUDY







































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Friday

 

Facing Emotional Symptoms of MS Together

















By Stephanie Buxhoeveden, RN, MSCN

Living with MS, or any chronic illness, brings it’s fair share of emotional challenges. We are all familiar with the emotional roller coaster that follows the initial diagnosis or even a setback. Those of us living with MS and our loved ones have to take a crash course in dealing with the unexpected. Being able to cope with change is a necessary tool for survival, but for some of us it’s extremely difficult to do. It’s perfectly normal to go through a period of grieving, and after living with MS for several years I’ve learned that grief doesn’t just occur in the beginning. It also comes back whenever we have a relapse, experience a setback, or struggle with something that used to be easy. I always allow myself to take time to grieve, but adapting and moving on is essential to survival. It’s important that we are all able to recognize the difference between normal emotions, and ones that deserve more attention.
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Life-changing procedure helps man with MS fulfill dream: VIDEO
























Multiple Sclerosis had a Santa Rosa Beach man living in intense pain, and slowly losing his ability to walk. He went to great lengths for a groundbreaking treatment, and told Channel 3 News why it was worth the risk.
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MRI Could Be Used for MS Diagnostics































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Evidence of MS can be detected using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners in the near future, according to findings published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.
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MS: Comorbidities Common at Diagnosis



























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Patients newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have other chronic medical conditions, with fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, and epilepsy being common physical comorbidities, and depression and bipolar disorder the most common psychiatric comorbidities, new research suggests.
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Distribution-based estimates of minimum clinically important difference in cognition, arm function and lower body function after slow release-Ampyra (fampridine) treatment of patients with MS: STUDY
































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Thursday

 

The Difficulties of Showering When You Have MS
















MS has a profound impact on so many aspects of the lives of those living with this condition, both big and small. While the “big” stuff is talked about more frequently, like treatments, doctor appointments, etc, the “little” stuff is just as important. One of the contributors at MultipleSclerosis.net, Devin Garlit, recently wrote an article about the unexpected perils of showering with MS. The simple act of showering can really be taken for granted when you don’t think about all of the factors involved. Between slippery surfaces, temperature changes, and even needing the energy to stand up for an extended period of time, showering with MS is not simple, nor easy. Our community members really identified with Devin’s sentiments, and they even shared their own thoughts and experiences with us. Here are some of the highlights from the feedback from our community on Devin’s article.
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Potential Progressive MS Treatment, Ibudilast, Approved for Fast Track Development by FDA






























MediciNova, Inc., announced that MN-166 (ibudilast) has been approved for “fast track” development by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a potential treatment for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). Progressive MS includes both the primary progressive (PPMS) and secondary progressive (SPMS) forms of the disease.
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The Costs of MS Treatment

























Drug treatments for MS can decrease relapses and slow disease progression. But the costs of these treatments are high.
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High Lactate Levels in MS Patients Tied to Disease Progression, Mitochondrial Dysfunction






































Scientists in recent years have wondered whether a link exists between high lactate levels resulting from mitochondrial dysfunction and multiple sclerosis (MS) progression. Now researchers in Italy showed that lactate, a metabolic byproduct, is indeed increased in the cerebrospinal fluid of MS patients and may be a disease driver.
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Comparison of energy consumption in different clinical forms of MS with normal subjects (cohort study): STUDY



























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Wednesday

 

Workplace Discrimination – Know Your Workplace Rights























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By Mariah Z. Leach—March 22, 2016

When you live with a chronic illness or disability, it can sometimes be difficult to function in the workplace. However, many workers who are struggling may be reluctant to speak to their employers for fear of how their employer may react. If this situation sounds familiar, it is important to remember that you have rights in the workplace.

What Does The ADA Provide?
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MS Researchers Question Possible Long-term Benefits of Remyelination Therapies







































Multiple sclerosis was a main focus at the four-day 10th World Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy), in Lisbon, Portugal, that concluded on March 20. Among the topics of debate was demyelination as the disease’s main pathogenic precursor and the clinical potential of remyelination.
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Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) used to Monitor MS Progression
























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21st March 2016 – Hemel Hempstead, UK – OCT is being showcased on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website after being used in trials to monitor multiple sclerosis and track the effects of therapies.
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Numerous Cutting-edge Product Introductions to Boost MS Drugs Market
































A new market research report by Transparency Market Research, titled “Multiple Sclerosis Drugs Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2012 – 2018”, covers a detailed evaluation of the market for multiple sclerosis drugs. The data collated in the report is a combination of historical information and insights from top industry leaders. Both primary as well as secondary research has been conducted for gathering information for this study.
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PET Imaging Study of S1PR1 Expression in a Rat Model of MS: STUDY




























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Tuesday

 

MS Awareness Month: Making Disability “Sexy”





















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By Cathy Chester—March 21, 2016

It always begins simply enough. A day like all other days. Wake up. Make coffee. Eat breakfast. Feed the cats. Check social media. Write an article. Research submission guidelines. Submit articles. Hope for the best.
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Using Adaptive Yoga to Battle MS: VIDEO





















Yoga has long been considered an effective form of exercise to help the body and mind. But recently it' also become an important part of a comprehensive approach to treat patients with multiple sclerosis and many other chronic diseases.
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Rogue stem cell practitioners: calls for regulation to close loopholes
































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MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Scientists are concerned by the number of providers offering unproven stem cell therapies in Australia.
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Environmental Factors May Have A Greater Role In MS Onset Than Previously Realized




































It’s another case of nature versus nurture. According to new research, an individual’s environment may have a bigger part to play in determining multiple sclerosis risk than genetic factors. 
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According to researchers from the Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London, multiple sclerosis (MS) may actually be affected more by environmental factors than genetic ones.
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Bone health in patients with MS relapses: STUDY






































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