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Caffeine could help prevent multiple sclerosis

A new study is suggesting that having several cups of coffee a day could halt the development of multiple sclerosis (MS).

The researchers made this discovery in a study with mice bred to develop an MS-like condition, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, or EAE.

Those who were fed the equivalent of six to eight cups of coffee a day, did not develop EAE.

If this were true there is now way I'd have MS

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July 2, 2008 in research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Transmission of multiple sclerosis might be mediated through maternal relatives

Previous studies have produced conflicting evidence regarding the possible maternal or paternal transmission of multiple sclerosis (MS). The results of a study conducted in a genetically isolated population in the The Netherlands with genealogical information going back to the 18th century support a maternal parent-of-origin effect in MS.

Thanks Mom!

June 5, 2008 in research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Acorda, Elan drug improves walking for MS patients

Acorda Therapeutics Inc. (ACOR.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday it will seek U.S. marketing approval early next year for the first medicine to improve walking among patients with multiple sclerosis, following highly favorable results of a second late-stage study.

Walk, wooble or roll here.

June 3, 2008 in follow the money..., press release, research, stocks, symptom management | Permalink | Comments (0)

Demographic and Disease Characteristics of People With Multiple Sclerosis Living in Urban and Rural Areas

This study compares demographic and disease-related characteristics of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) living in urban and rural areas. The data analyzed for this study were collected from a survey of 1518 people with MS living throughout the United States from October 2004 through January 2005. We found significant urban-rural differences in various MS characteristics, including type of MS. A significantly larger proportion of people with MS in remote rural areas than their urban counterparts responded that they had primary progressive MS. People with MS in rural areas were significantly more likely than those in urban areas to report that MS symptoms interfered with their independence A significantly larger proportion of people with MS in remote rural areas than in urban areas were not receiving disease-modifying medications. Our results suggest that MS disease expression varies across urban-rural gradients.

I fit into the rural camp.

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October 31, 2006 in research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Can a vitamin alleviate chronic, progressive multiple sclerosis?

Researchers have found a possible way to protect people with multiple sclerosis (MS) from severe long-term disability: increase nervous-system levels of a vital compound, called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), by giving its chemical precursor.

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September 21, 2006 in research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Multiple Sclerosis In Genetically Susceptible Twins Is Augmented By The Northern Environment

A new study of twins suggests that living farther north of the equator significantly increases risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) among those with genetic susceptibility due to some environmental factor.

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August 15, 2006 in research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Alcohol makes your brain grow

Drinking alcohol boosts the growth of new nerve cells in the brain, research suggests.

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Pot and alcohol, people with MS have all the fun...

May 19, 2005 in research | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Painful Truth

The Iraq war is a new kind of hell, with more survivors - but more maimed, shattered limbs - than ever. A revolution in battlefield medicine is helping them conquer the pain.

A technology worth following for those that experience pain.

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April 28, 2005 in pain, research, worth following... | Permalink | Comments (0)

Balancing Act

Noise is the key to restoring the body's sense of equilibrium

I want these shoes! Interesting article on vibrating insoles and balance.

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We are developing noise-based devices, such as vibrating insoles, to improve balance control in older adults and patients with diabetic neuropathy, stroke, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis, respectively.

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April 28, 2005 in research, technology, treatment, worth following... | Permalink | Comments (0)

Serono plans multiple sclerosis treatment by inhalation


Serono of Switzerland is planning to expand its billion dollar multiple sclerosis franchise with a new version of interferon beta that would do away with the need for injections, reports Phil Taylor.

The company already sells an injectable drug for MS, Rebif (interferon beta 1a) and has small molecule, orally active drugs in its pipeline. These could now been joined by an inhaleable formulation that would provide a more patient-friendly alternative to the current injectable drugs for MS, and could improve efficacy.

Inhale here.

March 31, 2005 in rebif, research, treatment, worth following... | Permalink | Comments (0)