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  1. FDA Panel: New MS Drug Helps Walking

    Oct. 16, 2009 - A new drug for multiple sclerosis truly helps some patients walk better, says an FDA advisory panel. The finding, by a panel of outside experts, makes it more likely that full FDA approval will come soon. If approved, the drug -- tentatively named Ampriva -- would be the first to imp

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  2. Blood Pressure Drug May Help Treat MS

    Aug. 17, 2009 -- A drug commonly used to treat high blood pressure may also double as a multiple sclerosis treatment. A new study shows the inexpensive blood pressure drug lisinopril blocked development of multiple sclerosis in laboratory mice bred to develop the disease. And when the drug was given

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  3. Epstein-Barr Virus Linked to MS

    May 4, 2009 (Seattle) -- Infection with Epstein-Barr virus appears to raise the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), Boston researchers report. The findings offer the strongest evidence to date implicating the virus as a trigger for the chronic progressive autoimmune disorder of the brain and

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  4. 2 New Drugs May Fight Multiple Sclerosis

    April 30, 2009 (Seattle) -- Two new oral drugs cut by about half the relapse rate in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). If approved by the FDA, the drugs -- cladribine and fingolimod -- would become the first treatments for MS that don't involve regular injections or infusions. In one study, about

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  5. High Doses of Vitamin D Cut MS Relapses

    April 28, 2009 (Seattle) -- High doses of vitamin D dramatically cut the relapse rate in people with multiple sclerosis, a study shows. Sixteen percent of 25 people with multiple sclerosis (MS) given an average of 14,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day for a year suffered relapses, says

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  6. Experimental MS Drug May Aid Walking

    Feb. 26, 2009 -- An experimental drug called fampridine may improve walking in some people with multiple sclerosis. Researchers report that news in the Feb. 28 edition of The Lancet. They studied 301 U.S. and Canadian adults with multiple sclerosis (MS). At the study's start, the patients were timed

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  7. Smoking at Young Age May Raise MS Risk

    Feb. 20, 2009 -- Youngsters who start smoking before age 17 may be putting themselves at increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests. Researchers studied 87 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who were among more than 30,000 people who took part in the 2002 National Healt

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  8. Vitamin D May Cut Multiple Sclerosis Risk

    Feb. 6, 2009 -- Getting enough vitamin D early in life may cut the odds of developing multiple sclerosis, researchers report. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is more common in parts of the world far from the equator, where the sun wanes during winter. During that seasonal sunshine shortfall, it's harder for

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  9. Experimental Pill May Treat MS

    Oct. 23, 2008 -- An experimental pill may help curb brain lesions in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), which is the most common form of MS. That finding comes from a new study, published in the Oct. 25 edition of The Lancet. The pill, which contains a chemical called fumarat

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  10. Guarded Optimism for Experimental MS Drug

    Oct. 22, 2008 -- An experimental multiple sclerosis drug proved to be much more effective for the treatment of early MS than a widely used treatment in a study, but the efficacy came at a price. Patients with early relapsing-remitting MS treated with the drug alemtuzumab had far fewer relapses and e

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