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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, […]

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 […]


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