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    1. MS Drug Ampyra Gets FDA Nod

      Jan. 22, 2010 - The FDA has approved Ampyra (dalfampridine), which improves walking ability in adults with multiple sclerosis (MS). About three-fourths of MS patients have trouble walking, and 70% of those with walking problems say this is the most challenging aspect of their disease. Ampyra is take

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    2. New Oral MS Drugs May Be on the Horizon

      Jan. 20, 2010 -- Two new drugs for multiple sclerosis, both taken orally, reduce the rates of relapses in multiple sclerosis patients -- sometimes keeping 80% or more of patients relapse-free during the study period -- according to new research. The new drugs, if approved, promise an end to injectio

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    3. Marijuana Eases Spasticity in MS Patients

      Dec. 4, 2009 -- Marijuana extracts may reduce spasticity symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis, a new study shows. The review, by Shaheen Lakhan, PhD, and Marie Rowland, PhD, of the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation in Los Angeles, found that five of six published studies they analyzed

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    4. Childbirth May Slow Progression of MS

      Nov. 23, 2009 -- Childbirth appears to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis, whether a woman gives birth before her diagnosis or after, according to a Belgian study. Women whose children were born after MS began were even more likely to have a slower progression of disease than those who child

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    5. No Increased Pregnancy Risk for MS Patients

      Nov. 18, 2009 -- Pregnant women with multiple sclerosis (MS) are only a little more likely to deliver babies by cesarean section than women who don't have the neurological disorder, a new study shows. The study also shows that women with MS are no more likely to have other problems with pregnancy, s

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    6. Teenage Obesity May Raise Risk of MS

      Nov. 9, 2009 -- Obesity in adolescent girls may increase risk for multiple sclerosis later in life, a study shows. Researchers examined data on more than 238,000 women who participated in the Nurses' Health Study, which began in 1976, and the Nurses' Health Study II, which began in 1989. Participant

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    7. Genetic Clue May Predict Multiple Sclerosis Severity

      Oct. 19, 2009 -- A newly identified biomarker may be linked to the severity of multiple sclerosis and may one day help with diagnosis and treatment of the often frustrating and unpredictable disease. Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the brain and spinal cord that affects more than 400,000 American

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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