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  1. Acute Eye Problem: Possible MS Symptom

    July 17, 2003 -- An acute episode of visual disturbance called optic neuritis could signal onset of multiple sclerosis. A new study, published in The Archives of Ophthalmology, finds that about 40% of people with acute optic neuritis -- an inflammation of the optic nerve -- will develop the degenera

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  2. Test May Detect Multiple Sclerosis Early

    July 9, 2003 -- A potential blood test may help to better identify early multiple sclerosis, scientists say. Researchers from Austria's University of Innsbruck report that the presence of two specific antibodies was highly predictive of early disease progression in a group of patients with symptoms

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  3. Multiple Sclerosis Treatments Face Off

    June 4, 2003 - When it comes to multiple sclerosis treatments, Rebif might have the edge over Avonex, according to a head-to-head comparison of the two drugs. The study shows that after 63 weeks of multiple sclerosis treatment, 56% of patients on Rebif were free from relapses compared with 48% of th

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  4. Genes, Environment Linked to ALS

    April 21, 2003 -- An "unexpectedly high rate" of genetic abnormalities likely causes a non-inherited form of Lou Gehrig's disease, known medically as ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. That's the report from a group of German scientists published in the April 22 issue of Neurology. Up to 10% of L

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  5. Multiple Sclerosis Advance

    April 16, 2003 -- In multiple sclerosis, immune cells attack the nerves. But it now looks as though brain cells can repair what the immune cells have destroyed, according to the results of a new study. The key is a kind of stem cell found in the adult brain. These cells can turn into many different

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  6. Zocor Treats Multiple Sclerosis

    April 2, 2003 (Honolulu) -- Researchers have presented the first human findings looking at a cholesterol-lowering drug for multiple sclerosis treatment. They found that Zocor not only reduces the size but also the number of brain lesions from MS. In multiple sclerosis, cells in the immune system des

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  7. Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Virus

    March 25, 2003 -- There is new evidence linking the virus that causes mononucleosis with an increased risk for multiple sclerosis, but experts say it is unlikely that Epstein-Barr virus infection alone triggers the degenerative nerve disease. "Epstein-Barr virus [EBV] is intriguing, but it is not th

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  8. Creatine Won't Help Lou Gehrig's Disease

    March 24, 2003 -- Despite promising early studies on mice, the supplement creatine monohydrate does not seem to help people with Lou Gehrig's disease. However, with so much research directed toward this effort, more promising results may soon develop. The degenerative disease -- which is ultimately

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  9. Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Questioned

    Feb. 13, 2003 -- Interferon treatments may have become the new standard of care for many multiple sclerosis (MS) patients in the last decade, but a new review of research shows little is known about the long-term effects of the popular drugs. Researchers say the review of interferon-based treatments

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  10. Feed a Cold, Starve MS

    Jan. 16, 2003 -- Starving saves mice from a kind of multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study shows. The finding adds convincing new evidence linking a fat-fighting hormone to MS and other autoimmune diseases. In MS, the immune system attacks the body's own nerve linings. As in many other autoimmune dise

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