Allergy Med Might Also Fight MS-Linked Eye Damage

April 12, 2016

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — An over-the-counter antihistamine used to fight allergies may have an important new role: reversing the vision loss sometimes caused by multiple sclerosis.
That’s the finding from preliminary research that found that clemastine fumarate partially reversed optic neuropathy in people with MS.
Optic neuropathy is damage to the nerve that relays […]

MS Patients May Be Prone to Other Chronic Illnesses, Study Finds

March 9, 2016

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to have other chronic health problems than those without the nervous system disorder, a new study indicates.
Researchers looked at how common several chronic conditions — high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, chronic lung disease, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel […]

Low Prenatal Vitamin D Linked to Later MS in Offspring

March 7, 2016

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Children of mothers with too little vitamin D during their pregnancy may have a higher risk of developing multiple sclerosis when they reach adulthood, a new study suggests.
One expert in the United States said that the findings need to be interpreted with caution, however.
“We cannot say from this […]

Heavy Coffee Drinkers Show Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

March 4, 2016

People who drink a lot of coffee may have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), a new large study suggests.

MS Drug Tied to Higher Risk for Potentially Deadly Brain Virus

January 27, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People with multiple sclerosis who are treated with the drug Tysabri (natalizumab) may have up to a 10 times greater risk for a rare and potentially deadly viral infection, a new study finds.
The germ in question is the John Cunningham virus (JCV), a pathogen thought to cause […]

Could High-Dose Vitamin D Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis?

December 30, 2015

High-dose vitamin D appears safe for people with multiple sclerosis, and it may help quiet the immune system hyperactivity that marks the disease, a small clinical trial finds.

New MS Drug Yields Mixed Results in Study

October 7, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Multiple sclerosis patients taking a new drug experienced fewer relapse rates but more side effects than patients receiving a standard MS therapy, new research indicates.
In a trial comparing two sets of more than 900 patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, scientists found that those taking the […]

Sun Exposure in Teen Years May Delay Onset of MS: Study

October 7, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with multiple sclerosis tend to develop it later if they had regular sun exposure as teenagers, a new study suggests — adding to evidence linking the disease to a lack of sunlight and vitamin D.
The study found that sun exposure during adolescence seemed to […]

Seasonal Melatonin Levels May Affect MS Flare-Ups, Study Says

September 10, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Higher levels of the hormone melatonin are linked to a lower incidence of multiple sclerosis (MS) flare-ups during the darker months of fall and winter, new research suggests.
American and Argentinian scientists also found that treating mice with melatonin could improve symptoms of the disease, which […]

Quitting Smoking After MS Diagnosis May Delay Disease Progression

September 8, 2015

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Multiple sclerosis progresses faster in people who continue to smoke compared to smokers who quit after their diagnosis, a new study finds.
“This study demonstrates that smoking after MS diagnosis has a negative impact on the progression of the disease, whereas reduced smoking may improve patient quality of life, […]


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