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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Heart, Leukemia Warning for MS Drug Novantrone

      May 25, 2005 -- The FDA is warning doctors and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients about the risk of heart failure and leukemia from the MS drug Novantrone. Patients may be more vulnerable if they have a history of heart disease or heart problems. Screening for heart failure should be done prior to sta

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    9. Smoking Tied to Multiple Sclerosis Progression

      April 26, 2005 - Cigarette smoking has already been identified as a risk factor for multiple sclerosis (MS). Now new research for the first time also implicates smoking in the progression of the degenerative disease. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health reported that current and past

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    10. 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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