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Botox Can Be Used for Chronic Migraine, Experts Say

Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Botox is a safe and effective treatment for chronic migraine and three other neurological disorders, an updated guideline from the American Academy of Neurology says. Long used to smooth wrinkles, botulinum toxin is made by a type of bacteria. The toxin blocks the release of substances at nerve endings, reducing muscle contraction and the transmission of pain signals, the researchers explained. The authors of the updated guideline reviewed scientific studies on the four preparations of botulinum toxin available in the United States. They concluded that the treatment is generally safe and effective for four neurological conditions: chronic migraine, spasticity in adults, cervical dystonia and blepharospasm. Chronic migraine is defined as having migraines 15 or more days a month, the study authors explained. Spasticity in adults is muscle tightness that ... Read more

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Heavy Coffee Drinkers Show Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 – People who drink a lot of coffee may have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), a new large study suggests. Researchers found that among more than 6,700 adults, those who downed about six cups of coffee a day were almost one-third less likely to develop MS than non-drinkers were. And the link was not explained away by factors such as people's age, education or income levels, or smoking and drinking habits. Still, experts stressed that the findings do not prove that coffee, or big doses of caffeine, fight MS. Nor is anyone suggesting that people drink more java to ward off the disease, said lead researcher Anna Hedstrom, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. She said the findings do add to evidence that coffee "may have beneficial effects on our health" – but there is no way to make any specific recommendations. Elaine Kingwell, a ... Read more

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MS Drug Tied to Higher Risk for Potentially Deadly Brain Virus

Posted 28 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – 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. The germ in question is the John Cunningham virus (JCV), a pathogen thought to cause a deadly brain condition known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). The link between Tysabri and PML isn't new: Numerous studies published over the past few years have shown an increase in risk for the disease in patients taking the drug. However, even though the new study showed a link between Tysabri and JCV infection, experts stressed that the drug can be of great help to patients, who should weigh its benefits against its risks. The new research was led by Dr. Heinz Wiendl of the University of Muenster in Germany. The findings are published in the Jan. 27 online ... Read more

Related support groups: Multiple Sclerosis, Tysabri, Viral Infection, Chronic Spasticity, Natalizumab, Upper Limb Spasticity, Lower Limb Spasticity

Could High-Dose Vitamin D Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis?

Posted 31 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 – High-dose vitamin D appears safe for people with multiple sclerosis, and it may help quiet the immune system hyperactivity that marks the disease, a small clinical trial finds. The study, published online Dec. 30 in Neurology, bolsters evidence that vitamin D might benefit people with MS. But clinical trials are still underway to answer the big question: Does taking vitamin D improve MS symptoms and alter the course of the disease? The current study shows only that high doses – 10,400 IU a day – reduce the proportion of certain immune-system cells that have been implicated in the MS disease process. "I'm not going to make any claims beyond that," said senior researcher Dr. Peter Calabresi, a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "We don't have enough data here to guide clinical practice," he stressed. Bruce Bebo, executive vice ... Read more

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New MS Drug Yields Mixed Results in Study

Posted 7 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 – Multiple sclerosis patients taking a new drug experienced fewer relapse rates but more side effects than patients receiving a standard MS therapy, new research indicates. In a trial comparing two sets of more than 900 patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, scientists found that those taking the drug daclizumab HYP had a 45 percent lower relapse rate than those taking interferon beta-1a. But patients on the new drug, which has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, saw more side effects. Also, they did not experience significantly slower disease progression than those in the interferon beta-1a group over the first several months. "This is one more drug for multiple sclerosis, which is of course very welcome, but it's just one in addition to the 11 or 12 drugs we already have," said Dr. Eugene Lai, a neurologist at Houston ... Read more

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Paralyzed Man Walks Using Technology That Bypasses Spinal Cord

Posted 24 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 – A paralyzed 26-year-old man has walked for the first time in five years, thanks to an electrical system that connects his brain and legs, bypassing his injured spine, researchers are reporting. The unidentified man is the first person to show that a system like this might help people with a spinal cord injury regain some ability to walk, the researchers said. "The work does offer exciting promise," said Randy Trumbower, an assistant professor in the department of rehabilitation medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, who was not involved with the research. That said, it "must overcome several hurdles before it may be applicable to a broad population of persons with spinal cord injury," he added. Study authors An Do and Zoran Nenadic, both at the University of California, Irvine, said they don't yet know how the system will work in a larger ... Read more

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FDA Approves Movement Disorder Drug from CNS Therapeutics: Gablofen (Baclofen Injection) for the Treatment of Severe Spasticity

Posted 23 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 23, 2010 - Today, CNS Therapeutics announced the FDA approval of Gablofen (baclofen injection) for use in the management of severe spasticity, giving healthcare providers a new, easy-to-administer and cost-effective intrathecal baclofen treatment option. Severe spasticity is a movement disorder affecting more than 500,000 patients in the U.S. alone and is often brought on by multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, brain trauma and stroke. Richard Penn, M.D., a pioneer in intrathecal drug therapies and CNS Therapeutics co-founder and chief scientific officer, implanted the industry's first programmable intrathecal drug pump more than 25 years ago. "Until now, the evolution of intrathecal therapies has been limited to modest innovations in implantable devices," said Penn. "With Gablofen, CNS Therapeutics is driving the industry ahead ... Read more

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Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) Receives FDA Approval for Treatment of Upper Limb Spasticity in Adults

Posted 10 Mar 2010 by Drugs.com

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 10, 2010 - Allergan, Inc. today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) for the treatment of increased muscle stiffness in the elbow, wrist and fingers in adults with upper limb spasticity. Spasticity is a debilitating condition impacting approximately 1 million Americans1, many of whom suffer from spasticity in the upper limbs following a stroke. Upper limb spasticity may also occur following a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury or in patients affected by multiple sclerosis or adults with a history of cerebral palsy. Although not a life-threatening condition, upper limb spasticity can be severely debilitating and painful, producing disfiguring muscle contractions that can result in stiff, tight muscles in the elbow, wrist and fingers, or a clenched fist. This stiffness hinders a ... Read more

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