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  1. Don't Delay MS Treatment

    Oct. 25, 2002 -- For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), a delay in treatment allows the disease to worsen. A new study looks at treatment for relapsing-remitting MS, a form of the neurological disorder that involves acute attacks followed by recovery periods. Those patients who didn't start drug t

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  2. Antibody May Trigger MS

    Oct. 16, 2002 -- Researchers have identified a potential key player in multiple sclerosis. People with advanced disease show significantly elevated levels of an antibody called anti-MOG. Researchers don't know yet whether this antibody is a cause or a byproduct of nerve damage. But the finding shoul

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  3. Statins May Help MS Patients

    Oct. 7, 2002 -- The popular cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins may also help slow the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to preliminary testing. A new study suggests statins can have a potent effect on the immune system, which might make them useful in treating a variety of c

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  4. MS Discoveries Edge Closer to Cure

    -->May 31, 2002 -- Although researchers stop short of using the term "cure," several new discoveries may provide scientists with valuable clues about what causes multiple sclerosis and how to stop the nerve damage it causes. In a study published in the June 2002 issue of Brain, Mayo Clinic researche

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  5. Alternating Treatment Days Improves MS

    April 25, 2002 -- Giving people with multiple sclerosis high-dose treatments of new interferon beta drugs every other day works better than once a week dosing, according to a new study. It's the first head-to-head comparison involving two of the three different treatment regimens currently used with

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  6. Cholesterol Drug Fights MS

    April 22, 2002 -- The popular cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor may also treat multiple sclerosis-related paralysis. A study in mice shows that the statin drug can decrease inflammation of the central nervous system, which contributes to some forms of MS. Researchers say Lipitor may also affect othe

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  7. Ginkgo May Boost Mental Function in MS

    April 18, 2002 -- Millions of people take the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba in the belief that it boosts brain power, and several studies suggest it improves mental function in some patients with Alzheimer's disease. New research now shows that it may do the same thing for patients with multiple s

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  8. New MS Treatments: Guarded Good News

    April 16, 2002 -- Aggressive new treatments for multiple sclerosis offer new hope for patients failing standard therapy. One study shows that a risky treatment can help MS patients whose disease keeps getting worse and worse. Another shows that a combination of two MS drugs can help when one drug do

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  9. Multiple Sclerosis Runs in Families

    Jan. 24, 2002 -- There's new evidence to support the notion that multiple sclerosis is hereditary. When Polish researchers used a powerful imaging device to examine the brains of MS patients' close relatives, they found that even seemingly healthy individuals had subtle signs of possibly impending d

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  10. Brain Scan Helps Tell the Future of MS

    Jan. 16, 2002 -- Being told you possibly have multiple sclerosis is very troubling. And the definite answer may take months or even years to come. But a new study shows that an MRI brain scan can give you and your doctor a good idea of what lies ahead. It's not uncommon for someone to develop a nerv

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