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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Gilenya, First Oral MS Drug, Gets FDA Nod

    Sept. 22, 2010 -- The FDA today approved Novartis' Gilenya, the first oral drug for multiple sclerosis (MS). Gilenya (formerly spelled Gilenia, generic name fingolimod) last June received the overwhelming approval of an FDA expert advisory panel. Gilenya treats the relapsing form of MS. The drug sig

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  7. Asthma Drug Albuterol May Help Treat MS

    Sept. 13, 2010 -- Adding the asthma drug albuterol to a treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) improved walking ability and delayed the time to first relapse among patients in a newly published study. Patients starting daily injections of the MS drug glatiramer acetate -- known by the brand name Copa

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  8. Seasonal Pattern Is Seen in MS Patients

    Aug. 31, 2010 -- Brain lesions associated with increased multiple sclerosis activity appear in patients more often between the months of March and August, a new study shows. Researchers also say warmer temperatures and solar radiation also seem to be linked to increased activity in MS patients. Scie

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  9. Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Autoimmune Diseases

    Aug. 23, 2010 -- There is now biologic evidence to back up the belief that vitamin D may protect against autoimmune diseases and certain cancers. A new genetic analysis lends support to the idea that the vitamin interacts with genes specific for colorectal cancer, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes

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  10. Active Mind May Protect MS Patients

    June 14, 2010 -- A small study of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients shows that maintaining an intellectually active lifestyle can help preserve learning and memory, even among patients with a high degree of brain damage. Although there’s no indication that being mentally engaged protects against brai

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