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  1. Multiple Sclerosis: Race a Factor?

    July 6, 2007 -- Multiple sclerosis may affect the immune systems of African-Americans and whites differently, a new study shows. The study, published in the latest edition of the journal Neurology, points out that multiple sclerosis (MS) is rarer but often more severe in African-Americans than in wh

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  2. Both Parents May Pass MS Risk to Kids

    June 28, 2007 -- Men and women with multiple sclerosis (MS) share an equal risk of passing the disease onto their children, according to a new study. The results contradict a study published last year that suggested men with multiple sclerosis were more likely to pass MS to their children than women

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  3. Tracing MS From Childhood to Adulthood

    June 20, 2007 -- Rare childhood cases of multiple sclerosis (MS) may take about a decade longer to worsen than adult cases, according to a new European study. In MS, the body's immune system attacks the nerves of the brain and spinal cord. It usually strikes adults, but up to 10% of cases begin by a

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  4. MS Treatment May Lie in the Eye

    June 13, 2007 -- A protein called CRYAB, which is found in the eye, may help treat multiple sclerosis (MS). That's according to preliminary lab tests done on mice. It's too soon to know if the same strategy will work in people. But if it does, it may lead to new MS treatments. The researchers includ

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  5. Super-Early MS Treatment Best

    June 1, 2007 -- Treat a disease even before it's diagnosed? Yes, if the disease is multiple sclerosis, new research shows. An MS diagnosis is complex and often depends on more than one attack of neurological symptoms such as limb weakness or blurred vision. Doctors tend to take a year or more to mak

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  6. Testosterone May Help Treat MS in Men

    May 14, 2007 -- Testosterone may help treat multiple sclerosis (MS) in men, according to a preliminary study. It's too soon to recommend testosterone treatment for men with MS, but the findings deserve further study, note the researchers. They included Nancy Sicotte, MD, of the neurology department

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  7. Cancer Drug Rituxan Cuts MS Flare-ups

    May 1, 2007 (Boston) -- A drug that is already used to treat cancer and rheumatoid arthritis cut by more than half the chance that people with multiple sclerosis would have their symptoms flare up over a six-month period, researchers report. In two early studies, people taking the drug, Rituxan, als

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  8. MS Increasingly a Woman's Disease

    April 26, 2007 -- Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) now appear to outnumber men with the disease by a ratio of four to one in the U.S., new research shows. The review of data from a voluntary MS registry suggests a steady increase in MS rates among women over time, while rates among men appear to h

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  9. Pregnancy Hormone May Help Treat MS

    Feb. 23, 2007 -- Prolactin, a pregnancy hormone, may repair nerve damage and might help treat multiple sclerosis (MS) , Canadian researchers report. So far, the scientists -- who work at the University of Calgary -- have only studied prolactin in female mice, not in people. But they note that MS sym

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  10. Benign MS May Not Stay Benign

    Feb. 12, 2007 -- Nearly half of cases called benign multiple sclerosis may unpredictably worsen decades after diagnosis, a Canadian study shows. The findings suggest that doctors should be cautious about using the term "benign multiple sclerosis" or "benign MS." "We need to be careful what we tell p

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