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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Vitamin D May Prevent MS

    Jan. 12, 2004 -- Evidence continues to mount showing that a little vitamin D can do a lot of good. The latest: A new study indicating that women who get doses typically found in daily multivitamin supplements -- of at least 400 international units -- are 40% less likely to develop multiple sclerosis

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  6. Epilepsy Drug Helps Multiple Sclerosis

    Dec. 16, 2003 -- Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a new option to relieve spasms. The drug Keppra, which controls epileptic seizures, looks like a promising treatment with generally mild side effects. It's more evidence that epilepsy medications help control what doctors call phasic spasti

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  7. Imaging Technique May Diagnose Early MS

    Dec. 2, 2003 (Chicago) -- Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable, and progressive disease that has traditionally defied early diagnosis. Now, however, early diagnosis of MS -- and early treatment -- is a real possibility, thanks to an imaging technology called magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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  8. Cannabis May Help Multiple Sclerosis

    Nov. 6, 2003 -- The pain and muscle stiffness of multiple sclerosis may subside when patients take a pill containing the active ingredient found in marijuana, a new study shows. But spasticity may not improve, even though patients may think otherwise.  The study, conducted in Great Britain, looks at

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  9. New Blood Test Helps Confirm MS

    Oct. 24, 2003 -- Multiple sclerosis can be hard to identify in its early stages. A new blood test now promises a faster diagnosis and may show whether treatment is working. The test is based on the widely held theory that multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease. Somehow, the theory goes, the bod

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  10. Multiple Sclerosis Tied to Iron in Brain

    Oct. 22, 2003 -- Iron deposits deep in the brain may cause multiple sclerosis, new imaging studies suggest. The findings come from studies of computer-assisted brain scans using a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device. University at Buffalo, N.Y., researchers Rohit Bakshi, MD, and coll

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