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  1. New Type of Multiple Sclerosis Drug Approved

    Nov. 24, 2004 -- The FDA has approved the first of a new generation of multiple sclerosis treatments that are based on fighting the biology behind the disease rather than just the symptoms. The drug, which will be sold under the name Tysabri (natalizumab), is a monoclonal antibody bioengineered from

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  2. Thyroid Hormone May Treat Multiple Sclerosis

    Nov. 11, 2004 -- Supplementing the body's own thyroid hormone during a critical phase of multiple sclerosis may help repair the damage caused by the disease, according to new research. The study showed that treating rats with a multiple sclerosis-like disease with thyroid hormone helped protect them

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  3. Aricept May Help Memory in Multiple Sclerosis

    Nov. 8, 2004 -- Aricept, a drug used in treating Alzheimer's disease, might improve memory and mental function in some people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study. The report, published in the Nov. 9 issue of the journal Neurology, focused on 69 patients with multiple sclerosis who

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  4. Medical Marijuana, Stem Cells Pass on Election Day

    Nov. 3, 2004 -- Tuesday's vote made Montana the 10th state to legalize medical marijuana and made California the first to mandate state-funded embryonic stem cell research. Meanwhile, Alaskans rejected a move that would have fully legalized marijuana for adults and would have given the state the rig

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  5. Interferon Beta Therapy May Delay MS

    Oct. 21, 2004 -- A weekly shot of interferon beta drugs may help delay the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) in people with early signs of the disease, a new study shows. European researchers found people in the early stages of MS who were given weekly interferon beta therapy were less likely t

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  6. Early Therapy May Alter Multiple Sclerosis

    Oct. 12, 2004 -- The unpredictable nature of multiple sclerosis leaves many people vulnerable to this disease, yet a new study suggests that very early therapy may alter its course. A new Israeli study shows that immune therapy given after an initial attack of what appears to be multiple sclerosis (

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  7. New High-Tech MRI Shows Earlier Signs of MS

    Oct. 5, 2004 (Toronto) -- A novel imaging technique shows that subtle, but ominous changes occur in unexpected parts of the brains of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) long before they develop symptoms. Researchers are excited because the new high-tech MRI may help doctors identify "[those] patien

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  8. Hepatitis B Vaccine May Be Linked to MS

    Sept. 13, 2004 --The hepatitis B vaccine series has been administered to more than 20 million people in the U.S. and more than 500 million people in the world. It is more than 95% effective in preventing an infection that kills millions annually. However anecdotal evidence has linked the vaccine to

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  9. Cannabis Relieves Multiple Sclerosis Pain

    July 15, 2004 -- An extract from cannabis can reduce pain from multiple sclerosis, a new study shows. This new finding adds to growing evidence of the painkilling potential of cannabis. Animal research has shown that cannabinoids can decrease pain sensation caused by inflammation, damaged nerves, an

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  10. Lawmakers Say No to Medical Marijuana

    July 8, 2004 -- The House of Representatives has defeated a measure that would have barred drug officials from enforcing federal anti-marijuana laws. The federal government can prosecute people who use marijuana for medical reasons in states that allow medical use of the drug. Lawmakers voted down t

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