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  1. Q and A With Avril Lavigne

    Avril Lavigne burst onto the music scene when she was just 17. Raised in the small town of Napanee, Ontario, her debut album Let Go, released in 2002, went platinum four times. Its most popular song, "Complicated," became a number-one single worldwide, as have four other singles released since then.

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  2. New Pill May Reduce Relapses in MS Patients

    Oct. 5, 2011 -- People with multiple sclerosis (MS) may soon have a second needle-free option to control their disease. Last year, the FDA approved the first disease-modifying pill, a drug called Gilenya, to treat MS. Now a new study shows that a different drug, a once-daily pill called teriflunomid

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  3. 57 Genes Now Linked to MS

    Aug. 10, 2011 -- The number of genes linked to multiple sclerosis (MS) is now up to 57, following a large international study of more than 9,000 people with the disease. The genetic mapping of the disorder, a chronic disease affecting the central nervous system, is moving at a swift pace, says resea

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  4. Study Questions Cost-Effectiveness of MS Drugs

    July 20, 2011 -- Drugs that slow progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) offer health gains to some at very high prices, a new study shows. The study seems likely to reignite the national debate about how best to rein in runaway health care costs. It found that adding an injectable disease-modifying

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  5. Early-Stage MS Patients May Have Fracture Risk

    July 11, 2011 -- People in the early stages of multiple sclerosis (MS) often have low levels of vitamin D and low bone density -- indicating bone thinning -- and thus are at increased risk of suffering fractures, a study shows. Doctors in Norway say their research suggests that doctors treating peop

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  6. Breastfeeding May Not Cut Risk of MS Relapse

    July 6, 2011 -- Breastfeeding offers no protection against relapses of multiple sclerosis (MS), a study shows. Women with MS are known to have higher relapse rates in the year following childbirth, and several studies have offered conflicting evidence about the role of breastfeeding in reducing the

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  7. Stress May Not Raise MS Risk

    May 31, 2011 -- Leading a stressful life isn't likely to raise the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study. Researchers say exposure to stress has long been suspected to play a role in aggravating existing MS, but it has not been previously established whether stressful

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  8. Low Vitamin D Levels May Be Linked to MS

    May 23, 2011 -- African-Americans with multiple sclerosis (MS) may be more likely to have low vitamin D levels than African-Americans without the disease. A new study shows 77% of African-Americans with MS were vitamin D deficient compared with 71% of African-Americans without the disease. Researche

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  9. Mono, Lack of Sun Linked to MS

    April 18, 2011 -- Having a history of mononucleosis and living in an area that gets little sunlight both appear to increase the risk for developing multiple sclerosis, new research finds. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is far more common in regions that get little sunlight most of the year, such as Scandin

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  10. New Drug May Slow MS Progression

    April 12, 2011 -- The experimental oral multiple sclerosis (MS) drug laquinimod delayed disease progression, reduced relapse rates, and was safe and well tolerated by patients in a two-year study. Details of the study were announced Monday by the drug’s developer, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, at

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