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Medical Marijuana Might Help MS Patients, But Uncertainty Remains

Posted 9 days ago by

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

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

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

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

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 ...

New MRI Test May Predict Severity of MS

Posted 17 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 – People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often live with uncertainty because it's hard to predict how quickly the disease will progress and how disabling it might become. But researchers hope a new MRI test that tracks iron levels in the brain will help answer those questions. The test – called quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) – looks at different areas of the ...

Vitamin D No Panacea for Brain Diseases

Posted 16 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 – Vitamin D does little to defend your brain against multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease, a new review shows. The finding is based on an analysis of more than 70 studies. "Our work counters an emerging belief held in some quarters suggesting that higher levels of vitamin D can impact positively on brain health," said study author Krystal ...

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

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by

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

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 ...

Use of MS Drug, Gilenya (Fingolimod), Expanded to Include Children

Posted 14 May 2018 by

MONDAY, May 14, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded its approval of the multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya (fingolimod) to include children aged 10 and older. It's the first multiple sclerosis drug approved for children, the agency said in a news release. The drug was approved in 2010 to treat adults with relapsing MS. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic central nervous system ...

FDA Expands Approval of Gilenya (fingolimod) to Treat Multiple Sclerosis in Pediatric Patients

Posted 13 May 2018 by

May 11, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Gilenya (fingolimod) to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) in children and adolescents age 10 years and older. This is the first FDA approval of a drug to treat MS in pediatric patients. “For the first time, we have an FDA-approved treatment specifically for children and adolescents with multiple sclerosis,” said Billy Dun ...

Don't Wait to Take MS Drugs

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by

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

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 ...

Coffee May Have Bigger Effect on Your Body Than Thought: Study

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – Coffee has been tied to many health benefits. Now, a small study suggests a daily java habit may affect the body's metabolism more extensively than thought. The study, of 47 adults, found that heavy coffee consumption – four to eight cups a day – altered blood levels of more than 100 metabolites. That refers to a broad range of chemicals that change after eating or ...

Eating Fish Might Guard Against MS

Posted 2 Mar 2018 by

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 ...

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