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  1. Medical Marijuana Protests Staged Nationwide

    June 4, 2004 -- Backers of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes staged protests at more than 100 U.S. congressional offices and campaign headquarters nationwide Friday in an effort to drum up support for a bill that weakens federal drug agents' authority in some states. The protests targeted la

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  2. Mothers May Be Origin of Children's Multiple Sclerosis Risk

    May 28, 2004 -- A person's risk of multiple sclerosis seems to come from their mother, new data shows. Multiple sclerosis is 20 to 50 times more common in people whose parents have the complex and poorly understood disease. But it's not a simple matter of a single gene being passed on from generatio

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  3. MS and Hodgkin's Lymphoma May Run in Families

    May 18, 2004 -- Two diseases that frequently strike young, affluent adults may share similar causes. A new study shows that multiple sclerosis (MS) and Hodgkin's lymphoma tend to run in families and provides new evidence to support the notion that the two diseases may have a common origin. Researche

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  4. Most With MS Still Enjoy Good Quality of Life

    May 17, 2004 -- Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) say they're satisfied with their quality of life, despite suffering from impaired physical function and overall general health, a new study shows. Researchers found 77% of people with MS said they were mostly satisfied or delighted with their

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  5. Cholesterol Drugs May Slow MS

    May 13, 2004 -- Millions of people take statins to lower their cholesterol, and now an early human trial shows the drugs could have a role in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Experts in the field say the findings are encouraging, but say that larger, more rigorously designed studies will be need

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  6. Study: Stress Bad for MS

    March 18, 2004 -- People with MS -- multiple sclerosis -- believe stress makes their symptoms worse. Their doctors should believe it, too, a new study suggests. Despite MS patients' widely held belief that stressful events bring on sudden worsening of symptoms, the idea has been controversial among

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  7. Treating Multiple Sclerosis Pain

    When most people think of multiple sclerosis, they think of a disease that causes symptoms of weakness and motor problems -- not pain. "About 10 or 20 years ago, there was a saying that MS causes all kinds of trouble but doesn't cause pain, which really isn't true," says Francois Bethoux, MD, direct

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  8. Test Predicts MS Flare-Ups

    Feb. 3, 2004 -- One of the worst things about multiple sclerosis is that it's unpredictable. Now a high-tech blood test promises to tell MS patients how they're doing. The test uses something called microarray technology. It lets scientists analyze thousands of genes at the same time. Genes turn on

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  9. MS Progresses Slowly for Most Patients

    Jan. 27, 2004 -- New research should help change the common public perception of multiple sclerosis as an always rapidly progressing condition that more often than not leaves its patients in wheelchairs. In the most comprehensive study of how multiple sclerosis progresses ever conducted, Mayo Clinic

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  10. Sunshine May Lower Multiple Sclerosis Risk

    Jan. 14, 2004 -- Living in a sunny place may lower a person's risk of developing multiple sclerosis. A new study shows that prolonged exposure to low levels of solar radiation may have a protective effect against the disease. The exact cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown, but previous research ha

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