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FDA Warns of Rare Stroke Risk With MS Drug Lemtrada (Alemtuzumab)

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 – A new warning has been added to the multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) after rare reports of patients suffering strokes and tears in the lining of the arteries in the head and neck, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Most patients with these problems – which can lead to permanent disability and death – developed symptoms within a day of receiving ...

Low-Dose Aspirin May Help Fight MS, Mouse Study Hints

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 – Although the findings are so far only in mice, studies suggest that aspirin – even the "low-dose" variety – might help counter multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder where aberrant immune system T-cells attack and destroy the protective myelin protein sheath that coats nerves. This causes gradual debilitation for the more than 2.3 million ...

Medical Marijuana Might Help MS Patients, But Uncertainty Remains

Posted 12 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 – Medical products derived from marijuana might have a mild benefit in treating symptoms of multiple sclerosis, based on reports from patients. Drugs containing the major chemical compounds in cannabis are associated with a limited and mild reduction in muscle contractions, bladder dysfunction and pain, based on patient self-assessments from clinical trials included in a ...

For Many With MS, Well-Being Increases With Age

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 – Living with a potentially disabling condition like multiple sclerosis (MS) can be difficult, but new research suggests patients get better at dealing with it over time. "There's an aging paradox in healthy adults. We expect people who are older to be more depressed and anxious because of aging processes [such as physical aches and pain and losing friends and family], but ...

New Drug Fingolimod (Gilenya) Could Help Kids With MS

Posted 13 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – Researchers say the first drug for children with multiple sclerosis vastly outperformed another common MS medication in a new clinical trial. Fingolimod (Gilenya) reduced relapse rates by 82 percent in patients aged 10 to 17 compared with interferon beta-1a, a drug commonly used to slow the progression of the degenerative nerve disease. Nearly 86 percent of children ...

Unapproved Drug, Ibudilast, Slows Brain Shrinkage in Progressive MS

Posted 29 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 – A drug that has long been used in Japan for asthma may slow down brain shrinkage in people with progressive multiple sclerosis, a preliminary trial has found. The study, published Aug. 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tested an oral drug called ibudilast. It is not approved in the United States, but has been used for years in Japan as a treatment for asthma ...

Doctors Discover New Type of Multiple Sclerosis

Posted 23 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 – A new subtype of multiple sclerosis (MS) has been identified by researchers, and the discovery changes understanding of the disease. MS has long been considered a disease of the brain's white matter, where immune cells destroy the fatty protective covering (myelin) on nerve cells. The destruction of myelin (demyelination) is linked to nerve cell death that leads to ...

Paints, Solvents Tied to Big Rise in MS Risk for Some Smokers

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 – A triple whammy of genetics, smoking, and exposure to paints and solvents at work puts a person at extremely high risk of developing multiple sclerosis, Swedish researchers report. On its own, any one factor elevates the risk for the central nervous system disease substantially, the investigators said. But when all three factors line up, the risk jumps 30-fold. "This is a ...

Use Your Legs, Boost Your Brain

Posted 29 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – Walking, running, crouching, lifting and exercising the legs is critical to optimizing your nervous system's ability to function, new animal research suggests. Based on work with mice, the finding highlights the complexity of the brain-muscle connection. And it suggests that the nervous system communication moving from an individual's large leg muscles up to the brain is ...

Don't Wait to Take MS Drugs

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – Most multiple sclerosis patients shouldn't wait to start taking medication in the early stages of the disease, new guidelines say. "The treatment landscape for people with MS has changed dramatically over the last decade," said lead guidelines author Dr. Alexander Rae-Grant, who's with the Cleveland Clinic. "We now have a number of disease-modifying therapies to choose ...

Stem Cell Transplant for MS Shows Promise

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

A stem cell transplant may be an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis, an international study suggests. The treatment involves using cancer drugs to decimate a patient's immune system and then restarting it with a stem cell transplant, BBC News reported. The study included 100 patients in the United States, England, Sweden and Brazil with relapsing remitting MS, in which attacks are ...

Eating Fish Might Guard Against MS

Posted 2 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – People who eat fish regularly seem to have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis, researchers report. How much fish makes a difference? In this study, people who ate fish at least once a week – or who ate fish one to three times a month and took daily fish oil supplements – had a 45 percent lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) compared to folks who ...

MS Patients May Gain From Balance-Focused Workouts

Posted 1 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – Problems with balance are a common hallmark of multiple sclerosis, but new research suggests a specially designed exercise program can help put patients on firmer ground. People with MS who enrolled in the 14-week program showed "greater improvements in balance, dizziness and fatigue," compared to MS patients who hadn't done the exercises. That's according to a team ...

Healthy Living May Ease Some MS Symptoms

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – The old adage that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" appears to be at least partly true for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). New research suggests that a healthy diet – one that's chock-full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains but contains little added sugars and red or processed meats – was associated with a reduced risk for disability. The study ...

Controversial MS Treatment Procedure Found to Be Ineffective

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – The main proponent of a controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis now has declared the therapy to be worthless. For nearly a decade, Italian researcher Dr. Paolo Zamboni investigated inadequate blood flow as a potential cause of MS and has promoted reopening the veins that serve the central nervous system as a possible means of treating the progressive neural ...

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