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New Drug Fingolimod (Gilenya) Could Help Kids With MS

Posted 13 days ago 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 ...

It's 'Buyer Beware' When Purchasing Medical Pot Extract Online

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – People buying a medicinal marijuana extract over the internet often don't get what they paid for, a new study warns. Nearly 7 out of 10 cannabidiol (CBD) products tested did not contain the amount of marijuana extract promised on the label, researchers report. "We wanted to see if they are accurately describing what is in their product," said lead researcher Marcel ...

High-Fat Diets Could Pose Danger to Young MS Patients

Posted 10 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – A fatty diet may up the risk of relapse in children with multiple sclerosis, according to a new study. But eating a diet rich in vegetables could cut relapse risk in half, the researchers found. The findings may provide early evidence that dietary changes could help some patients with MS manage their condition, said the research team led by Dr. Emmanuelle Waubant. She's ...

Clues to MS May Lurk in Gut Bacteria

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Certain types of bacteria in the gut may play a role in the progression of multiple sclerosis, according to researchers working with mice. The research, the study authors believe, could lead to new ways to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune neurodegenerative disease that affects about 2.5 million people worldwide. "The [gut] microbiome is very malleable," ...

Resistance Training May Slow MS, Study Says

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 – Resistance training may help slow progression of multiple sclerosis, a small study suggests. "Among persons with multiple sclerosis, the brain shrinks markedly faster than normal," said study researcher Ulrik Dalgas. "Drugs can counter this development, but we saw a tendency that training further minimizes brain shrinkage in patients already receiving medication." ...

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