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  1. Early Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

    Michael Williamson was 16 years old when he noticed a few odd cramps one day at a cross-country track meet. His coach told him to run them out. A day or so later, he woke up paralyzed from the waist down. After a lot of testing and poking and prodding, Williamson was told he had something called tra

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  2. 10 Questions About Multiple Sclerosis

    There are four types: Relapsing-remitting. This is the most common form. You have flare-ups followed by periods without symptoms, called recovery. Primary-progressive. With this type, you do not get the ups and downs. Your symptoms get worse over time. Secondary-progressive. You get flares and recov

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  3. FDA Rejects MS Drug Lemtrada

    Dec. 30, 2013 -- The FDA has rejected the new multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada, saying the drugmaker didn’t show the drug's benefits outweigh some serious risks. The agency asked the maker, Genzyme, to test the drug in more clinical trials. The drug was to be used for relapsing-remitting MS, the mos

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  4. Clearing Away MS Brain Fog

    You’re having a conversation, and suddenly you can't remember the right word -- or the wrong words come tumbling out of your mouth. You're cooking dinner, the timer's going off, but you can't remember why you set it.  When brain fog clouds your thinking, you may feel frustrated or embarrassed. You m

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  5. TB Vaccine May Work Against Multiple Sclerosis

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A vaccine normally used to thwart the respiratory illness tuberculosis also might help prevent the development of multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system, a new study suggests. In people who had a fir

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  6. Can 'Good' Cholesterol Protect Against MS?

    Nov. 12, 2013 -- A protein found in HDL, or ''good,'' cholesterol may help protect against the effects of multiple sclerosis, according to new research. In the study, patients with MS had much lower levels of the protein than did healthy people, says study researcher Lidia Gardner, PhD. She is an as

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  7. Warmer Weather & Brain Function in People With MS

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Warmer temperatures might reduce the ability of people with multiple sclerosis to complete mental tasks and process information, new research suggests. Although heat has long been linked to a worsening of symptoms among

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  8. MS and Depression: Tips for Mental Fitness

    When you have MS, your emotions are in play.  While having MS raises your chances of having depression, knowing that fact -- and being aware -- can help you try to prevent it and get treatment. Protect yourself with healthy habits. Get moving. When it comes to MS treatment, exercise is a two-for-one

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  9. FDA Investigates Brain Infection-Gilenya Case

    Oct. 18, 2013 -- The FDA is continuing to investigate a possible link between the multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya (fingolimod) and a case of a rare brain infection in a European patient. The patient took the drug for nearly 8 months before being diagnosed with the brain infection. The FDA issued an

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  10. Controversial Treatment May Not Help MS Patients

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- A theory claiming that multiple sclerosis (MS) is caused by the narrowing of veins in the neck appears to be unfounded, Canadian researchers report. Called "chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency" (CCSVI), Dr. Paolo Zambon

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