Most With MS Still Enjoy Good Quality of Life

Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) say they're satisfied with their quality of life, despite suffering from impaired physical function and overall general health, a new study shows.

Researchers found 77% of people with MS said they were mostly satisfied or delighted with their quality of life, even though they suffered from lower physical functioning, vitality, and overall general health compared with the general population.

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May 18, 2004 in newly diagnosed, research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Montel's Suicide Attempts

Talk show host and motivational speaker Montel Williams says he nearly committed suicide after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. In his new book, "Climbing Higher," Williams says he wanted to die before the disease got worse. He loaded a .357 magnum and sat in his closet, spinning the barrel, hoping it would go off accidentally so his kids could collect on his insurance, according to an excerpt in the New York Post. He says he spent 45 minutes trying to get the gun to go off, to no avail.

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January 3, 2004 in bummer, newly diagnosed, people, stress, stuff we don't like to talk about | Permalink | Comments (2)

Canada warns of liver complications from beta-interferon use for MS

Health Canada is warning health-care professionals of the risks of using beta-interferon therapy for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

Serious liver injury such as hepatitis has been linked to beta-interferon therapy, including three cases of liver failure that required liver transplantation, the department said in a release. Serious liver injury is considered rare, with cases mostly occurring in the early months of therapy but also in patients on therapy beyond one year, it noted.

The department reminded treating physicians they should perform periodic liver function tests, particularly in the early months of therapy, and patients receiving beta-interferon products should be aware of the signs and symptoms of liver injury.

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December 19, 2003 in avonex, betaseron, bummer, interferon-beta, newly diagnosed | Permalink | Comments (0)

Good overview of MR Imaging (MRI) of the Head

"MRI is the most sensitive exam for brain tumors, strokes, and certain chronic disorders of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis."

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October 23, 2003 in newly diagnosed | Permalink | Comments (1)