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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Medical Marijuana May Impair Thinking of MS Patients

    March 28, 2011 -- Many multiple sclerosis (MS) patients use marijuana to ease pain and other symptoms associated with the disorder, but the practice might make one common symptom worse. MS patients in a small study who smoked or ingested marijuana regularly for many years were twice as likely as non

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  9. Tommy Hilfiger's Personal Connection to Multiple Sclerosis

    Designer Tommy Hilfiger has played a leading role in the world of fashion since he was 18. So it's no surprise that his foray nearly 15 years ago into a different arena -- giving back -- was done with style. The red, white, and blue ski jackets he designed for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple

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  10. Stem Cell Transplants May Treat Aggressive MS

    March 21, 2011 -- Replacing bone marrow with the body’s own stem cells may help patients with aggressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) go for years without seeing their disease progress, a new study shows. Researchers in Greece are following a group of 35 patients who received experimental stem c

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