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Tuesday

 

2017 is the Year of the MS Biomarker






















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By Stephanie Buxhoeveden, RN, MSCN

Finally, here is some news that everyone who has had a lumbar puncture can cheer about!
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Smoking Significantly Worsens Quality of Life for MS Patients, Study Shows






















MS patients who smoke have a significantly worse quality of life than non-smoking MS patients, concludes a new study.
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Monday

 

Check For These Warning Signs Of MS





























MS is a devastating illness that might affect anyone, regardless of their gender, race or age. Multiple sclerosis is a disease wherein the body's immune system deteriorates and after that begins to harm the nervous system.
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The Impact That Crowded Places Have On Me Because Of MS



















By Devin Garlit

For the most part, I’ve always been a sociable person and have literally craved being around people.  Now that I am on disability and spend a lot of time alone, my desire to be around others has only increased. So whenever my body will let me, I jump at the chance to go to a social gathering. The more I am stuck at home, the more I enjoy getting out and talking face to face with people.  Whether I’ve known them for years or met them that day, I usually have no problem breaking the ice and having a pleasant conversation with someone (even if that presents its own challenges).  If my wife and I attend a party or event together and she wants to catch up with a friend, she’s pretty comfortable with leaving me alone because she knows I’ll entertain myself (or more likely, others). There are times, however, when I am around a lot of people and suddenly become a different person. I get completely overwhelmed by crowds!
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Sunday

 

New Blood Test May Make ‘Off the Rack’ MS Treatments Closer to ‘Designer Drugs’


























By Trevis Gleason

Since the mid-1990s, the diagnosing process for most people suspected of having MS has included a lumbar puncture (also called a spinal tap) to look for certain antibodies and proteins, and an MRI scan to look for lesions in the brain.
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How do MS patients define value?




























(Source: Real Endpoints, LLC, January 2017)


There are crucial conversations occurring in the health care system about how value is defined. To explore how MS patients, providers and payers view value, Real Endpoints conducted research that found significant variability in treatment preferences among MS patients, as well as a difference in how patients define value in MS therapies compared to payers and physicians.
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Saturday

 

Sun Exposure May Lower Fatigue, Slow Disability Progression in MS





















Spending more time in the sunshine could make people with MS feel more energetic, though dietary vitamin D intake’s effect is mixed, depending on what type of MS a particular patient has.
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Stimulating Neurons to Help with Problem-Solving



























One of the most troubling symptoms of multiple sclerosis, especially for those of us who are still working, is “brain fog” — not being able to concentrate … not feeling “sharp” when working on a task or solving problems.
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Friday

 

Airway Infections May Be More Common in MS Due to Altered Immune Response in Lungs






















Disease processes in MS likely contribute to the increased sensitivity to airway infections seen in MS patients, a series of experiments in mice demonstrated.
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I was fit, 24 - and diagnosed with MS: Woman reveals pain of fighting progressive chronic disease that could eventually shut down all her muscles
































Megan Tyler had no reason to suspect anything was wrong.

The 26-year-old from Canada did CrossFit and yoga seven days a week. She also worked in health and fitness PR, so she knew how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
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Thursday

 

How to Survive an MRI If You are Claustrophobic























A key test for identifying MS during diagnosis, or to confirm a relapse, is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI.) For those who’ve never had to undergo an MRI, the thought of having this test might be terrifying. Being encased in a magnetic tube that, when operational, sends out deafening noise and requires complete stillness can be intimidating.
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Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) combined with computer games at home reduces cognitive symptoms of MS: VIDEO



























Close-up of tDCS equipment used in the study. Credit: Peter Ross for NYU Langone Medical Center

Patients with multiple sclerosis had better problem solving ability and response time after training with a technology called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), according to a new study published February 22, 2017 in Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface.
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Wednesday

 

The Hurt and Loneliness of Living with MS






























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By Cathy Chester

I’ve got loneliness on my mind and I’d like to, as the author Elizabeth Lesser says, break myself open.
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Model helps explain why some patients with MS have seizures




























Credit: I. Pittalwala, UC Riverside.

MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that affects nearly 2.3 million people worldwide. MS is triggered when the immune system attacks the protective covering around nerve fibers, called the myelin sheath. The "demyelination" that follows damages nerve cells and causes impaired exchange of information between the brain and body as well as within the brain itself.
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Tuesday

 

6 Hand Exercises for MS


























Hand exercises enable you to better perform activities that require hand strength and fine motor skills. Corbis

MS can affect your hands’ ability to feel, as well as their strength and dexterity. These specialized movement therapy exercises can help.
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Does your MS Fatigue and Energy Need a Boost?





















Does your MS fatigue and energy need a boost? I know mine does; having multiple sclerosis drains my battery very quickly. Add to that a terrible cold I had recently, and my fatigue has doubled, and my energy has left the building!
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Monday

 

MS Drug Costs: The Elephant in the Examination Room


























A lot of factors go into our decisions when we select the drug we’re going to use to fight our MS.

How well will it work? What are the possible side effects and how serious could they be? How will using the drug (taking a pill, giving myself a shot, getting an infusion), affect my lifestyle? And, more than I think some people realize, what will the drug cost me?
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Vision Loss Prevention in Patients with MS
























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Scientists may have found a way to prevent vision loss in patients with MS.

Optic neuritis is the demyelinating inflammation of the optic nerve, which causes mild to moderate permanent loss of vision, but rarely complete blindness. Approximately half of patients living with MS experience optic neuritis, and for some, it can even be the first symptom of their chronic disease.
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Sunday

 

Overrated Things About Having MS




















By Laura Kolaczkowski

Overrated 
(of something) considered to be better than it really is” – Cambridge dictionary.

Over-rated is a buzz word these days ever since a high-profile person’s tweet went out about a famous actress being overrated. It got me started thinking about what else might be overrated and I immediately came up with this list of things we might have because we have multiple sclerosis that are also over rated.
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MS Love and Care, as Only a Superwife Can Provide



























Thoughts of love were brought to the forefront of many people’s minds on Valentine’s Day, which is widely celebrated by couples both young and not so young. They usually buy cards and enjoy romantic dinners.
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Saturday

 

Are Anxious Times Causing My Dreams About Disability Discrimination?






















These are anxious times.

No matter where in the world you reside, which side of any political aisle you align yourself with, or who you are, these are times of unknown, of major change, and of major, unknown change.
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7 Strange and Unusual Symptoms of MS
































MS is a disease which is unique to each patient, which means no two people suffer from identical symptoms. While there are many symptoms MS patients share such as pain and chronic fatigue, there are also some very strange and unusual symptoms that some may experience.  We’ve put together a list of some of the stranger symptoms of the disease based on information from verywell.com and healthcentral.com.
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Friday

 

Nocturnal leg cramps can ruin your sleep!


























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By TK Sellman

I only have two pain-related symptoms of multiple sclerosis, migraines and nocturnal leg cramps. I can usually nip the migraines in the bud with a large cup of strong coffee (I live in Starbucks land, so that’s not a problem, ever!), but leg cramps for me are a bit more tricky, especially because they interrupt my sleep.
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Researchers develop new automated platform for in-depth analyses of MRI scans







































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One of the main tools doctors use to detect diseases and injuries in cases ranging from MS to broken bones is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the results of an MRI scan take hours or days to interpret and analyze. This means that if a more detailed investigation is needed, or there is a problem with the scan, the patient needs to return for a follow-up.
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