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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Hot Weather Worsens Memory in MS Patients

    Feb. 17, 2011 -- As one of the most brutally cold winters on record drags on, most of us are pining for summer. But for many patients with multiple sclerosis, hotter temperatures may not be so welcome because they bring worsening symptoms. Now new research finds this may be especially true for some

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  7. Sun Exposure, Vitamin D May Lower MS Risk

    Feb. 7, 2011 -- Higher vitamin D levels and exposure to sunlight appear to be independently protective against multiple sclerosis, a progressive autoimmune disease that affects around 400,000 Americans. In a newly published study from Australia that included people with and without early signs of mu

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  8. Guidelines Recommend Plasma Exchange for MS

    Jan. 19, 2011 -- Updated guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology recommend plasma exchange (plasmapheresis) for the treatment of certain types of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other inflammatory neurological conditions, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyeli

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  9. Women With MS More Likely to Have Gene Mutation

    Jan 5, 2011 -- New research may help explain why multiple sclerosis rates have risen sharply in the U.S. and some other countries among women, while rates appear stable in men. The study could also broaden understanding of how environmental influences alter genes to cause a wide range of diseases. T

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  10. Mindfulness Meditation vs. Multiple Sclerosis

    Sept. 27, 2010 -- Learning a mind-body technique called “mindfulness meditation” seems to help people with multiple sclerosis cope with the depression, fatigue, and anxiety associated with the disease, a new study indicates. Researchers in Switzerland signed up 150 people with mild to moderate multi

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