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Rare, But Serious, Side Effect Reported With One MS Drug

April 2, 2014

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A handful of people taking a medication called Rebif to treat multiple sclerosis have developed a serious condition that causes blood clots to form in small blood vessels throughout the body.
In a letter in the March 27 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, [...]


New Clues to Link Between MS Drug Tysabri and Rare Brain Disease

March 25, 2014

By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers report that they think they have figured out why patients who take the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri face a high risk of developing a rare, and sometimes fatal, brain infection.
A common virus that can cause the brain disease progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) likes [...]


Medical Marijuana Pills May Ease MS Symptoms

March 25, 2014

Medical marijuana pills and sprays might ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but most other alternative therapies do little to lessen the pain and muscle rigidity that often accompanies the disease, according to new guidelines.


Cholesterol Drug Might Help Slow MS Progression

March 19, 2014

High doses of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin—sold under the brand name Zocor—appeared to slow brain shrinkage in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to a small, early study from England.


Obesity, ‘The Pill’ May Raise MS Risk, Research Suggests

February 28, 2014

Obesity and birth control pills may play some role in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), two new studies suggest.


Blood Sample Might Predict MS Long Before Symptoms Start

February 24, 2014

An antibody linked with multiple sclerosis (MS) might be detectable in the blood of people with the disease before symptoms appear, a new study indicates.


Sleep Apnea May Worsen Fatigue in MS Patients

February 14, 2014

FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Sleep apnea is common in people with multiple sclerosis and may contribute to their fatigue, a new study shows.
Fatigue is one of the most frequent and debilitating symptoms experienced by MS patients.
The study included 195 people with MS who completed a sleep questionnaire and were assessed for daytime [...]


Risk for MS Among Patients’ Relatives Not As High As Thought

January 27, 2014

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests that relatives of patients with multiple sclerosis aren’t as likely to develop the disease as previously believed, even though the illness is thought to be caused mainly by genetics.
The researchers, at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, tracked almost everyone within the country who had been diagnosed [...]


Vitamin D May Slow Multiple Sclerosis, Study Suggests

January 21, 2014

Vitamin D may slow the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) and also reduce harmful brain activity, a new study suggests. Correcting vitamin D deficiency early in the course of the disease is important, according to the report, published online Jan. 20 in JAMA Neurology.


TB Vaccine May Work Against Multiple Sclerosis: Study

December 4, 2013

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2013 (HealthDay News) — A vaccine normally used to thwart the respiratory illness tuberculosis also might help prevent the development of multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system, a new study suggests.
In people who had a first episode of symptoms that indicated they might develop multiple [...]



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