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  1. In Multiple Sclerosis, Do Relapses Make Disability Worse?

    Nov. 15, 2000 -- A controversial new study has found that patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis become disabled faster than those with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, which goes against the medical community's most widely accepted theory. However, the controversy comes from th

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  2. Cancer Drug Gets FDA OK for MS Treatment

    Oct. 13, 2000 -- The FDA approved a dual role for cancer drug mitoxantrone Friday, permitting its maker, Immunex, to market it as a treatment for worsening multiple sclerosis (MS). Mitoxantrone, which will be sold under the name Novantrone for MS, has already been approved to treat pain in patients

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  3. Should Multiple Sclerosis Drug Be Given Earlier?

    Sept. 26, 2000 -- Avonex is a medication shown to be effective in treating multiple sclerosis (MS). However, current guidelines say that a person should only be treated when a diagnosis of MS is certain. This means that some patients -- who have symptoms that are highly suggestive of the illness --

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  4. Stem-Cell Therapies Inch Their Way Closer to the Clinic

    Aug. 18, 2000 -- As the human embryo grows, the early cells start dividing and forming different kinds of cells like heart cells, bone cells, muscle cells, and so on. These early cells, called "stem cells," theoretically could be used to form a variety of cells which doctors could then use to repair

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  5. Lieberman -- and His Wife -- Are Staunch Health Care Advocates

    Aug. 11, 2000 (Washington) -- The last time I spoke with Joe Lieberman was at a dinner that he and his wife held on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The senator from Connecticut had just chastised President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky matter and was receiving kudos right and left for h

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  6. Interferon Works Best in Early Stages of MS

    May 3, 2000 (San Diego) -- Early and aggressive treatment with an immune-stimulating drug called interferon can delay or possibly even prevent the crippling symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to findings presented here at the 52nd annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology. But

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  7. In the MS Pipeline: A Vaccine, and a Drug That Fights Fatigue

    MS is thought to occur when immune cells called T cells start attacking nerves as if they were foreign invaders, say researchers at Baylor University in Houston. In an attempt to target this problem, they developed a revolutionary vaccine, comprised of normal cells that were inactivated by subjectin

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  8. FDA Panel Backs Cancer Drug for Multiple Sclerosis

    Jan. 28, 2000 (Washington) -- People with one form of multiple sclerosis (MS) got one step closer to finally having at least one FDA-approved treatment option, as an advisory panel recommended Friday that the FDA approve Seattle-based Immunex Corporation's chemotherapy drug mitoxantrone (Novantrone)

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  9. Drugs for Other Diseases May Help People With Multiple Sclerosis

    Oct. 12, 1999 (Seattle) -- Drugs used to fight asthma and cancer appear to work against multiple sclerosis as well, researchers reported Tuesday at the 124th annual meeting of the American Neurological Association. Experts say the results are preliminary, but offer new hope to patients with the disa

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