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    1. Lipitor-Copaxone Combo May Fight MS

      March 16, 2006 - A combination of two currently approved drugs prevents and even reverses paralysis in mice with multiple sclerosis. One of the drugs is the MS drug Copaxone. It's now approved for the treatment of relapsing-remitting MS. The second drug is Lipitor, one of the group of so-called stat

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    2. FDA Panel: Bring Back Risky MS Drug

      March 8, 2006 -- Despite estimates that it kills one patient in a thousand, an FDA expert panel today unanimously recommended bringing back the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri. In February 2005, Tysabri manufacturer Biogen voluntarily stopped sales of the drug stopped sales of the drug after three p

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    3. MS Drug: No More Rare Disease Cases

      March 1, 2006 -- Researchers have found no new cases of a rare disease in patients who took the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri before the drug's suspension last year. The FDA approved Tysabri in November 2004 to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). On Feb. 28, 2005 Tysabri was suspende

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    4. Fat Hormone Tied to Multiple Sclerosis

      Jan. 12, 2006 -- Blocking the hormone leptin may help prevent or slow multiple sclerosis (MS). The report comes from Italian researchers and appears in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. The Italian study didn't include any people. Instead, the scientists studied female mice with an MS-like dise

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    5. Drug May Slow Down Multiple Sclerosis

      Dec. 12, 2005 -- An immune system-suppressing drug may slow progression of multiple sclerosis, new research suggests. Using magnetic resonance imaging, researchers showed that new brain lesions that indicate multiple sclerosis (MS) progression were reduced by more than half in 12 of 14 patients trea

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    6. Fighting MS: Old Product a New Help?

      Dec. 1, 2005 -- Glucosamine, an over-the-counter natural product often taken to ease joint pain from osteoarthritis, may counter multiple sclerosis (MS). That's according to a new study in The Journal of Immunology. The researchers included Guang-Xian Zhang, MD, PhD. Zhang is an assistant professor

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    7. Turkey's Twist on Treating Multiple Sclerosis

      Nov. 3, 2005 -- A compound found in turkey may one day help treat multiple sclerosis (MS), new research shows. So far, scientists have tested an artificial version of the compound on mice with an MS-like condition. The strategy they tried reversed the paralysis caused by the mice's disease, the rese

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    8. Multiple Sclerosis Gene Cluster Pinpointed

      Sept. 28, 2005 (San Diego) -- The most comprehensive genetic study to date of multiple sclerosis has pinpointed a cluster of genes on chromosome 6 as playing the major role in causing the disorder. The findings will ultimately help doctors to develop better treatments for MS, researchers say. Resear

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    9. Older Siblings May Not Have Greater MS Risk

      Aug. 22, 2005 -- A new study contradicts previous findings that when multiple sclerosis occurs it strikes older siblings most often. Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). It occurs when myelin, a substance that forms a sheath around nerve fibers, is d

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    10. New Details on Suspension of MS Drug Tysabri

      June 9, 2005 -- New information has surfaced about the rare but often lethal disease that prompted the removal of Tysabri, a new multiple sclerosis (MS) drug. At least three cases have been identified. Tysabri was approved by the FDA last November. In late February, Tysabri's maker, Biogen Idec, vol

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