Hookworms - A "Natural" Multiple Sclerosis Treatment?

More parasite treatments for MS.

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March 13, 2009 in complementary and alternative medicine , symptom management, treatment, worth following... | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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.

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

Biogen, Elan Suspend Tysabri After Death

Biogen Idec and Elan Corporation Plc on Monday suspended sales of their much-heralded new multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri after a patient died from a rare but frequently fatal central nervous system disease.

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February 28, 2005 in antegren , bummer, follow the money..., treatment, tysabri | Permalink | Comments (0)

Solid evidence that best treatment for multiple sclerosis is pregnancy

For years, doctors have suggested the best treatment for multiple sclerosis is pregnancy. Now, an Oregon study is delivering solid evidence to support the theory.

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center have uncovered the mechanism by which estrogen, produced in high volumes during pregnancy, boosts the expression and number of regulatory cells that are key to fighting MS and other autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis and diabetes.

One treatment I guess I won't be on. More here,

September 20, 2004 in research, symptom management, treatment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wunago -- Your guide to Wheelchair Accessible Travel -- www.wunago.com

Contrary to rumor, Wunago is not an ancient tribe of wheelchair warriors. The name "Wunago" comes from a desire many people with disabilities have. They "want to go" places and see new things and experience everything life has to offer. Based on his personal travel experiences,l LorenlWorthingtonlrecognized that travel is far less stressful if you have a clear understanding of what type of accessibility lies ahead. More over, when you hear about a great place to visit that offers a wheelchair-friendly environment, you have a tendency to go explore.

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September 20, 2004 in accessability, africa, alaska, ecuador, symptom management, Travel, treatment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cannabis Spray To Treat Multiple Sclerosis

GW Pharmaceuticals and Bayer HealthCare announced they have submitted an application to Health Canada to market a cannabis based drug. The drug, Sativex, has been developed for the treatment of the debilitating symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and severe neuropathic pain.

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May 16, 2004 in pain, pot, symptom management, treatment | Permalink | Comments (1)

Chemo could help treat multiple sclerosis

Doctors at Drexel University reported promising results using huge doses of a potent chemotherapy drug in treating autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, though an MS researcher said more patients and time are needed before any victory is declared.
The drug, cyclophosphamide, is given to patients at such high doses that most or all of the person's disease-fighting immune cells are destroyed.
The patient's stem cells within their bone marrow survive the drug's onslaught, the doctors say, and are stimulated with drugs to rebuild the immune system from scratch - but without the bad triggers that cause the body to attack its own cells.
"Once the immune cells are destroyed, they come back no longer recognizing the stimulus that brought them on," Dr. Isadore Brodsky, director of hematology and oncology at Drexel's Hahnemann University Hospital, said Monday. "The immune system comes back naive, so it's tolerant of whatever trigger caused the autoimmune response."

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March 23, 2004 in treatment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Converging on MS

A group of local doctors is forming an innovative treatment-and-research hub for multiple sclerosis, a mysterious, debilitating disease that, on a per capita basis, afflicts more people in Washington than in any other state.

The newly formed not-for-profit MS Hub plans to serve MS patients in a five-state region that includes Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii.
If it opens as planned in July, in a 40,000-square-foot clinic in Seattle's Metropolitan Park office complex near South Lake Union, it will be the largest such MS center in the world, said founding neurologist Craig Smith.

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Craig runs a small clinic in Anchorage, no wonder it's been hard to get an appointment with him.

More info on MS and the Pacific Northwest:
Northwest research centers among leaders in unraveling mystery of MS
VA funds Northwest center to battle MS

"This is a great opportunity to improve care for 50,000 veterans in the U.S. who have multiple sclerosis," said Dr. Dennis Bourdette, co-director for the new MS Center of Excellence West. Bourdette also is a staff neurologist at the Portland VAMC, interim chair of the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University and co-director of the MS Center of Oregon.

March 4, 2004 in alaska, diagnosis, economy, follow the money..., treatment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Levetiracetam and MS Spasticity

Spasticity is a condition in which muscles cramp so badly that a person can't even walk. It is one of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but that may be changing. Here's promising research that gets some MS patients back on their feet.

Kim Pullin enjoys visits to the park with her daughter. Not long ago, multiple sclerosis would have made this trip impossible. "The spasms appeared in my arm, in my leg, in my hands. I absolutely could not walk on my leg," she tells Ivanhoe.

Pullin's neurologist Kathleen Hawker, M.D., gave her levetiracetam -- a drug used to control epileptic seizures. "I was noticing that some patients were using it for pain, and I also noticed their stiffness, cramps and spasms were also improving," says Dr. Hawker, of UT Southwestern in Dallas.

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February 21, 2004 in research, symptom management, treatment | Permalink | Comments (0)