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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 5 Myths and Facts About Multiple Sclerosis

      If you're getting a lot of confusing advice about living with multiple sclerosis, you're not alone. Friends may be quick to offer suggestions, but sometimes they just repeat old myths. Getting the facts straight can help you lead a full life. "This is a definite myth," says Matthew McCoyd, MD, a neu

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    4. Controversial Theory Behind MS Cause Refuted

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- New research finds that there is no evidence that multiple sclerosis is associated with reduced or blocked blood flow in the veins of the head or neck. The study results challenge a controversial theory that a condition calle

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    5. New Kind of Therapy Shows Promise in MS Patients

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- A new therapy for multiple sclerosis that teaches the body to recognize and then ignore its own nerve tissue appears to be safe and well-tolerated in humans, a small new study shows. If larger studies prove the technique can

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    6. Black People May Face Higher MS Risk Than Whites

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans may be at higher risk for multiple sclerosis than whites, according to study findings that contradict a widely held belief that blacks are less likely to develop the neurological disease. The theory that blacks are

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    7. New MS Drug: Q&A

      April 25, 2013 -- With the arrival of Tecfidera this spring, people with multiple sclerosis now have three oral drugs to choose from to treat the relapsing form of the disease. Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) joins two other oral MS drugs. Aubagio (teriflunomide) was approved in 2012, and Gilenya (fin

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    8. Ingredient in New MS Drug Linked to Serious Brain Disease

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- The active ingredient in a drug that's expected to become a popular treatment for multiple sclerosis has been linked to four European cases of a rare but sometimes fatal brain disease called progressive multifocal leukoence

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    9. Shrinkage of Brain Region May Signal Onset of MS

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- Atrophy of a key brain area may become a new biomarker to predict the onset of multiple sclerosis, researchers say. If so, that would add to established criteria such as the presence of brain lesions to diagnose the progress

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    10. Babies' Birth Month May Affect MS Risk: Study

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- A newborn's immune system development, vitamin D levels and risk for multiple sclerosis may be influenced by the month of birth, new research suggests. A study conducted in London found that babies born in May have signi

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