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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Sun Exposure May Reduce MS Risk

      Aug. 7, 2003 -- A new study shows that lots of sun exposure -- particularly when you're young -- may lower your risk for multiple sclerosis. No one is recommending that you let your kids bake in the sun for hours on end. But previous studies have shown that multiple sclerosis is more common in areas

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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