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  1. Stem Cell Transplants May Show Promise for MS

    Oct. 10, 2012 -- New research suggests that stem cell transplants to treat certain brain and nervous system diseases such as multiple sclerosis may be moving closer to reality. One study found that experimental stem cell transplants are safe and possibly effective in children with a rare genetic bra

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  2. Infertility Treatment May Worsen MS Symptoms

    Oct. 3, 2012 -- There is growing evidence that infertility treatments raise relapse rates in women with multiple sclerosis. In a new study, 3 out of 4 women with MS had increased disease activity following assisted reproductive technology (ART) infertility treatments. The study was small, with just

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  3. Experimental MS Pill Continues to Show Promise

    Sept. 19, 2012 -- An experimental pill is showing promise for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. In two late-phase studies appearing in The New England Journal of Medicine, the drug BG-12 (dimethyl fumarate) reduced relapses by about half in patients with the most common form of MS. If approved by

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  4. FDA Approves New Multiple Sclerosis Drug Aubagio

    Sept. 13, 2012 -- The FDA has approved Aubagio (teriflunomide), a new drug for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). The once-a-day tablet will be prescribed to adults with relapsing forms of the chronic, incurable disease. In a two-year study, the Aubagio reduced yearly relapses by nearly a thi

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  5. Multiple Sclerosis Drugs May Not Delay Disability

    July 17, 2012 -- Disease-modifying drugs have been game-changers for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The drugs help prevent relapses, but now new research questions whether they slow progression of disability from the disease. In a study of patients with relapsing-remitting MS, published in the

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  6. Stress Management May Prevent MS Brain Lesions

    July 11, 2012 -- Teaching MS patients how to deal with stress can improve their quality of life -- and may also prevent or slow down formation of new brain lesions, according to a new study. Patients with multiple sclerosis who attended stress management therapy sessions for six months had fewer new

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  7. Botox May Ease Multiple Sclerosis Tremors

    July 3, 2012 -- Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) will develop a tremor, and until now, there was little that could be done to minimize this shaking. Now new research shows that shots of Botox, the very same wrinkle-busting injection that helps frown lines, may ease hand and arm tremors. The

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  8. New Warnings for MS Drug Gilenya After FDA Review

    April 20, 2012 -- Novartis, the maker of the drug Gilenya (fingolimod), a once-daily oral capsule taken for multiple sclerosis, has added stronger warnings to labels and prescription information about the drug's possible heart risks, according to a company statement. Labels will now recommend that a

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  9. Treating Clogged Veins Improves MS, Study Says

    March 29, 2012 (San Francisco) -- Most patients in two new studies said that their multiple sclerosis got better after doctors cleared blockages from their veins. Researchers reported their results earlier this week at the Society of Interventional Radiology's annual meeting. "It's a nice experience

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  10. Past Pregnancies May Protect Against MS

    March 7, 2012 -- Pregnancy appears to play a strong role in whether or not a woman may develop the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study. The study involved more than 800 women between the ages of 18 and 60. Nearly 300 of them had experienced a first episode of MS symp

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