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  1. New Clues to Link Between MS Drug Tysabri and Rare Brain Disease

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that they think they have figured out why some patients who take the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri face a high risk of developing a rare, and sometimes fatal, brain infection. A common virus that ca

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  2. Medical Marijuana Pills May Ease Some MS Symptoms

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana pills and sprays might ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but most other alternative therapies do little to lessen the pain and muscle rigidity that often accompanies the disease, according to ne

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  3. Side Effects of MS Treatments

    When you're first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), so many different thoughts and worries can race through your mind. How will it affect my life? Will I be able to work? Will I lose my ability to walk? Having MS today is a lot different than it was a few decades ago. Medications like interfer

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  4. Cholesterol Drug Might Help Slow MS Progression

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin -- sold under the brand name Zocor -- appeared to slow brain shrinkage in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to a small, early study from England. In pat

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  5. Blood Sample May Predict MS Before Symptoms Start

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An antibody linked with multiple sclerosis (MS) might be detectable in the blood of people with the disease before symptoms appear, a new study indicates. The findings could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of the c

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  6. Sleep Apnea May Worsen Fatigue in MS Patients

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep apnea is common in people with multiple sclerosis and may contribute to their fatigue, a new study shows. Fatigue is one of the most frequent and debilitating symptoms experienced by MS patients. The study included 1

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  7. FDA Approves Copaxone 3 Times a Week for MS

    Feb. 4, 2014 -- If you have multiple sclerosis (MS) and take the drug Copaxone, you may now be able to take it three times a week instead of every day. The FDA approved a 40-milligram dose for people with relapsing-remitting MS. The 20-milligram daily dose will still be available. Researchers studie

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  8. Food Bacteria Toxin May be Linked to MS: Study

    Jan. 29, 2014 -- A poison created by bacteria in food may be a trigger for the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis, according to a new study. A toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium perfringens seems to attack the same cells that are damaged in people with MS, according to researchers at Wei

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  9. Vitamin D May Slow Multiple Sclerosis: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D may slow the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) and also reduce harmful brain activity, a new study suggests. Correcting vitamin D deficiency early in the course of the disease is important, according to th

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  10. Early Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

    Michael Williamson was 16 years old when he noticed a few odd cramps one day at a cross-country track meet. His coach told him to run them out. A day or so later, he woke up paralyzed from the waist down. After a lot of testing and poking and prodding, Williamson was told he had something called tra

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