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Wednesday

 

Doctor, It Hurts When I Do This: My Mystery MS Pain













































Illustration: Getty Images

May is flying by. We’re already into week 21 of the year, the days are long, and there’s even a bit of warmth in the sunlight. Better make sure we get our monthly “How’s your MS?” check-in posted.
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Are There Health Benefits to Playing Video Games for MS Patients?




























Researches found that MS patients can find pain relief through some video games. (GETTY IMAGES)

Research finds the games may help with MS symptoms like balance and fine motor control.
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Tuesday

 

4 Ways a Low-Fat Vegan Diet May Benefit Those With MS
























A low-fat vegan diet has been reported to reduce MS fatigue, but talk to your doctor before radically changing your diet.Harald Walker/Stocksy

Some experts believe a low-fat vegan diet is helpful for people with MS. One study has tested that theory.

It’s appealing to think that changing your diet might improve your MS symptoms, and a number of dietary approaches have been studied with just that idea in mind.
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Is Exercise A Key Treatment For People With MS? These Penn Medicine Specialists Say Yes


























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For people who suffer from MS, some days the pain can make it your instinct to curl into a ball and stay in bed. But, according to the certified MS specialists at Penn Medicine, that is actually the opposite of what you should do. Their work finds exercise is actually one of the most important parts of treatment for people with MS.
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Monday

 

Genentech Starts Site to Connect MS Patients and Caregivers with Resources






















Genentech has rolled out a website to connect MS patients and caregivers with resources that can help them.
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In MS, Disease Duration, Lesion Load Predict Relapses and Disability Progression







































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Baseline disability, age, and MS disease duration may help predict 6-month confirmed disability progression in patients with relapsing-remitting MS, according to a post-hoc analysis of the TRANSFORMS trial (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT00340834).
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Sunday

 

The Day I Met MS
























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By Carlita

Something about taking my clothes off that cool November night inspired me to run my fingers alongside the left side of my body, to affirm the seductive curve of my shape. As my fingers began to caress my waist, I noticed it felt numb. I thought to myself, “That’s weird”, as I continued to rub the area. Too sleepy to worry, I tossed concern aside and nestled under the covers thinking it would go away by the morning.
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Meeting Coverage: Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) Has NNT Edge Over New MS Drug

























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Battle begins over which agent is better

Alemtuzumab may have an advantage over ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) when it comes to the number of relapsing-remitting MS patients who need to be treated (NNT) to prevent adverse disease events, researchers supported by alemtuzumab drugmaker Sanofi reported here.
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Saturday

 

Managing MS When You Have Other Health Conditions





























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It can be overwhelming, to say the least. (GETTY IMAGES)

High blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression can all follow an MS diagnosis.
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Ocrelizumab May Improve Cognitive Function in Relapsing MS




















Cognitive impairment is often reported among patients with MS.



Compared with interferon beta-1a, treatment of relapsing forms of MS with ocrelizumab resulted in improved cognitive performance, according to results from a pooled analysis of the phase 3 OPERA studies (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01247324, NCT01412333).
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Friday

 

How to Choose the Right Assistive Walking Device When You Have MS






























Canes are helpful for those whose legs feel tired or those who have a foot that trips them because they offer support with overall balance while standing and walking. (GETTY IMAGES)

Simply guessing which device is best could saddle you with more pain and an increased risk for falls.

For people with MS – the autoimmune disease that attacks the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves – walking may become difficult. Damaged nerves can interrupt the signals telling the body to put one foot in front of the other. But trying to treat walking problems by simply buying a cane off a shelf is risky.
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How Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS) Is Connected to MS



















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According to the National MS Society, clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) refers to an initial case of neurological symptoms that continue for at least a day. These symptoms are the result of demyelination or inflammation in the central nervous system. The syndrome is either monofocal, in that the person only experiences one symptom such as optic neurosis, or multifocal, where they may experience more than one symptom during the episode.
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Thursday

 

CMSC 2017: Assessing Risk Factors for MS

























There is no one determining factor when it comes to predicting the likelihood of MS. 
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MS May Have Causal Link to Osteoporosis

















MS has been linked to a greater risk of fractures and osteoporosis

Patients with MS have lower bone mineral density and greater rates of osteoporosis than healthy controls, according to study results presented at the 2017 Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting, May 24-27 in New Orleans.
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Wednesday

 

What's the Connection Between Stress and Risk of MS Relapses?



























If you have MS, stress can trigger relapses and permanent brain lesions. (GETTY IMAGES)

A number of studies show potential for MS relapses linked to ongoing stress and major life changes.

The majority of us are feeling really stressed out. According to the American Psychological Association's latest survey, out this past winter, America's overall stress level has increased for the first time in 10 years. High anxiety contributes to all kinds of health problems, from headaches and gastrointestinal issues to obesity and asthma. But if you have MS, stress can wreak even more havoc; it can trigger relapses and permanent brain lesions.
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Radio Host With MS Rises and Shines to Share Her Positivity























When it comes to her MS, the radio personality Jillian Escoto stays positive and respects her limits.Photo Courtesy of Joel Marasigan/Flashpointgrafix

Jillian Escoto thrives on healthy eating, exercise, and the support of her radio fans and cohosts.

When it comes to her MS, the radio personality Jillian Escoto stays positive and respects her limits.
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Tuesday

 

Emotional Pain in MS and a Lack of Proper Care























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By Matt Allen G

People who have been following me for a number of years may have noticed a pattern. For a while I am really active online and then randomly, out of nowhere, I disappear for weeks or even months. When I was about 17 or 18 I was diagnosed with a pretty bad case of clinical depression. Sometimes I wonder if that had to do with my Multiple Sclerosis? After all, when my current neurologist looked at my first MRI scans he said that there was clear evidence that MS had started doing its thing in my early teens. So anyway, that is why there is a pattern of me coming and going, depression and other mental stuff. For the most part, I have had it all “under control” but every once in a while it definitely overcomes me. Now before I go on I should try to make something clear; with clinical depression, it is more of a chemical imbalance in the brain, so I (for example) will wake up feeling terribly depressed for no reason. Nothing triggered it, I don’t know why I am depressed, I just feel… horrible. Then there is more of a “situational depression” and in my eyes? That is “normal”. Something bad happens in life and we feel depressed about it. It sucks but as human beings, we are supposed to have these types of feelings in response to various situations.
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Celgene’s Data Could Lead To New Option For MS Patients




























Celgene reported Monday that an experimental pill for the main type of MS met its main goals in a two-year study. By the end of the year, the Summit, NJ, drugmaker will ask the FDA to consider the drug, ozanimod, for approval.
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Monday

 

9 Ways to Manage Brain Fog
























One of the most frustrating symptoms of living with a chronic illness is brain fog. There are medications to treat many symptoms of chronic diseases, but sadly there isn’t yet a pill that takes away brain fog. However, there are ways to deal with it so patients can minimize its effects and lead a normal life.
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New Biomarkers For MS Pathogenesis













































Clinical data as well as evidence collected using animal model of MS suggests that leukocytes cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and localize in brain lesions. NeuroscienceNews.com image is for illustrative purposes only.

Novel study of proinflammatory cytokines in serum and cerebrospinal fluid of MS patients was conducted by Kazan University’s Institute of Fundamental Medicine and Biology.
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Sunday

 

How to Survive Summer Heat Intolerance















With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start making plans. We all love spending time outdoors during the long hours of sunshine and warm temperatures, don’t we?
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Early Signs of MS
























Eye problems, including pain and vision loss, are often the first sign of MS.Dan McCoy/Getty Images


From vision problems to numbness that won't go away, certain symptoms could signal MS — and that it's time to see your doctor.

By Connie Brichford
Medically Reviewed by Cynthia Haines, MD

While MS is not a particularly common disease, it’s not rare, either. In fact, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) estimates that someone is diagnosed with MS every hour.
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Saturday

 

Does MS Affect Fertility and Pregnancy?
























For women, MS is often diagnosed during their childbearing years, so fertility and pregnancy are hot topics for those living with the disease.
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Roche Seeks to Mend Damaged Nerves in MS Push
























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Roche Holding AG is seeking a partner with experimental drugs that might help repair the damage caused to the nervous system by MS -- considered a key step in managing the debilitating disease.
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Friday

 

Ocrevus: A Patient’s Story













































Pamela Arterbridge

Photo credit: Courtesy of Pamela Arterbridge

By Laura Kolaczkowski

Pamela Arterbridge kept busy with her family and her career as a hairstylist  for 25 years, but knew there was something not right.  “In the beginning I had brain fog and fatigue that went on for a couple months. I knew something was wrong and went to my family doctor who said I had low Vitamin D,” Pamela said.
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What People SHOULD Say to Someone Living with MS























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By Cathy Chester

There’s a marvelous piece written by Ashley Ringstaff called “MS & Things People Should Not Say.” It provides a solid list of statements people should never say to someone with MS. It garnered a lot of attention from readers, and deservedly so.
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Thursday

 

Comedian Lenny Clarke shares family battle with MS: VIDEO





Lenny Clarke is famous for his comedy sketches and primetime shows like "Rescue Me." Clarke is now using his celebrity to raise funds and awareness for MS, a disease impacting two of his eight siblings.
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Online BrainHQ Training Program Boosts Cognition in Patients with MS, NYU Study Shows



























Image Source: GEMMLEARNING

The online BrainHQ adaptive training program developed by Posit Science is better than any computer game at helping multiple sclerosis (MS) patients improve their cognitive skills, according to a study by researchers at New York University (NYU).
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Wednesday

 

MS Experts Offer Guidelines on Contraceptive Use Among Women with MS























Two studies that recently appeared in the MS Journal shed light on how contraceptive use may affect women with MS, as well as how the disease might affect the safety and effectiveness of birth-control medications.
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