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New MRI Test May Predict Severity of MS

Posted 1 day ago by Drugs.com

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 2 days ago by Drugs.com

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 15 days ago 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 ...

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

Posted 14 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 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 ...

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

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

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 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 Drug Tysabri (Natalizumab) Poses Hard Choices for Women Wanting Children

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – A powerful multiple sclerosis drug presents women with a tough dilemma if they would like to have children, a pair of new studies suggests. Those who take Tysabri (natalizumab) to manage their MS are more likely to suffer a relapse during pregnancy if they stop taking the drug before they conceive, the first study found. But if a woman remains on Tysabri while trying to ...

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 ...

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