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    1. Caution Urged in Early MS Treatment

      Aug. 2, 2007 -- A new study shows that early treatment for multiple sclerosis cuts the risk of disability. But some experts say it's too soon to take a "treat-all approach" to MS. The international BENEFIT study tested a current trend -- giving MS treatments to patients at the first sign of what mig

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    2. New Multiple Sclerosis Gene Found

      July 30, 2007 -- Three new studies show that the IL7R gene, which affects the immune system, may affect a person's chances of developing multiple sclerosis. Variations in the IL7R gene are common, and they're more common in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) than in people without multiple sclerosi

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    3. Sun Exposure Linked to MS Risk

      July 23, 2007 - Spending time in the sun as a child may help protect against multiple sclerosis (MS). In a new study of identical twins with only one twin having MS, the twin who spent more time in the sun as a child had a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis than the twin who spent less time

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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