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  1. Long-Term Use of MS Drug Seems Safe

    April 18, 2005 -- The multiple sclerosis drug Betaseron appears to be safe for long-term use, according to a study sponsored by Berlex Inc., the drug's maker. Only the preliminary results are in. The full data are expected later this year. The early findings focus on 234 MS patients who participated

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  2. Liver Injury Warning for MS Drug Avonex

    March 16, 2005 -- Patients taking the multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Avonex should be watched for possible liver problems, says the drug's maker. Rare cases of severe liver injury, including cases of liver failure, have been reported among Avonex users, says Avonex's maker, Biogen, in a letter to doct

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  3. Blood Test May Spot Early Multiple Sclerosis

    March 15, 2005 - A new blood test may soon allow doctors to detect multiple sclerosis early with a single test rather than the battery of exams now required to definitively diagnose the disease. Researchers say it's the first published report of a potential blood test for multiple sclerosis. Current

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  4. Multiple Sclerosis Drug Suspended After Death

    Feb. 28, 2005 - The recently approved multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Tysabri has been voluntarily pulled from the market following reports of one death and one serious side effect in patients treated with the drug. In cooperation with the FDA, the drug's makers, Biogen Idec and Elan Pharmaceuticals, t

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  5. Baby Siblings May Cut Multiple Sclerosis Risk

    Jan. 25, 2005 -- Growing up with baby brothers or sisters may have a protective effect against the development of multiple sclerosis (MS). It's possible but not certain, says Anne-Louise Ponsonby, PhD. She works at the Australian National University and has studied MS, a disease of the brain and spi

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  6. Pumping Iron Helps Strengthen MS Patients

    Jan. 19, 2005 -- Muscles weakened by multiple sclerosis (MS) appear to improve from a short-term strength training program. Researchers reported improvements in muscle strength and function, and reductions in self-reported fatigue among eight patients participating in a two-month study evaluating re

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  7. Sex Hormones May Affect Multiple Sclerosis

    Jan. 18, 2005 -- Sex hormones may play a role in multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers say. Abnormal levels of estrogen and testosterone may affect inflammation or damage to brain tissue caused by multiple sclerosis. Carlo Pozzilli and colleagues report the finding in February's Journal of Neurology,

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  8. Mercury Fillings: They're Not Risky

    Dec. 9, 2004 -- Mercury in dental fillings does not cause Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, or other health problems, according to a new review of all current research. But will this put to rest the concerns many people have? It's a sensitive issue. Methyl mercury is the type found in fish, a

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  9. Birth Month Tied to Multiple Sclerosis Risk

    Dec. 6, 2004 -- The season in which you're born may affect your risk of developing multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests. Researchers found that babies born in May appear to have the highest risk of developing the brain nervous system disorder in adulthood, and those born in November have the low

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  10. Stem Cells May Heal Multiple Sclerosis Damage

    Dec. 1, 2004 -- Stem cells might be able to reverse damage caused by multiple sclerosis (MS), say Italian researchers. The technique is a long way off from human use, but early tests on mice were encouraging. If the approach works out, it could help the 2.5 million people worldwide who have MS, incl

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