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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, […]

Women Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Have MS Relapse: Study

August 31, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Breast-feeding exclusively for at least two months may help new mothers with multiple sclerosis (MS) lower their risk of relapse, new research suggests.
Exclusive breast-feeding, without supplementing, seems to be key, the researchers said.
“We found that women with MS who breast-fed exclusively had a significantly lower […]

Exercise May Help Kids With Multiple Sclerosis

August 12, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children with multiple sclerosis (MS) who exercise have less disease activity than those who don’t, researchers report.
“The study is a first look, so we can’t draw any definitive conclusion from it,” said study author Dr. E. Ann Yeh, director of the pediatric MS and neuroinflammatory […]

Evidence Supports Medical Pot for Some Conditions, Not Others

June 23, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana can be useful in treating chronic pain, but may be less effective for other conditions, a new analysis reveals.
A review of nearly 80 clinical trials involving medical marijuana or marijuana-derived drugs revealed moderately strong evidence to support their use in treating chronic pain, […]

MS May Raise Odds for Earlier Death, Study Finds

May 27, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with multiple sclerosis may have twice the risk of dying prematurely compared to people without MS, a new study suggests.
And the study also found that for people younger than 59 with MS, the risk of an early death seemed to be tripled, compared to […]

Immune System Genes May Change With the Seasons: Study

May 12, 2015

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When the seasons change, your immune system response may also change, British researchers report.
These findings might explain why conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease are worse in the winter than in the summer, the new study finds.
The researchers from the University of Cambridge analyzed genes from […]

Prices of MS Drugs Soaring, Study Finds

April 24, 2015

FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The prices of multiple sclerosis drugs have skyrocketed in the past two decades, in some cases rising more than 700 percent, a new study shows.
The huge price increases have occurred even though newer drugs have been introduced, something that normally stabilizes or lowers the cost of older drugs, […]

New Drug Shows Promise for MS

April 14, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental drug appears to repair nerve damage seen in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, results of an early trial suggest.
MS, an often disabling disease of the central nervous system, damages myelin, the fatty substance that protects nerves.
Now, for the first time, researchers show evidence […]

Ingredient in MS, Psoriasis Drugs Linked to Two Deadly Brain Infections

April 8, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An active ingredient in some psoriasis and multiple sclerosis medications has been linked to two cases of a rare and sometimes lethal brain infection.
The ingredient, dimethyl fumarate, appears to have contributed to the deaths of two European women. The women contracted progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or […]


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