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    1. Smoking at Young Age May Raise MS Risk

      Feb. 20, 2009 -- Youngsters who start smoking before age 17 may be putting themselves at increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests. Researchers studied 87 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who were among more than 30,000 people who took part in the 2002 National Healt

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    2. Vitamin D May Cut Multiple Sclerosis Risk

      Feb. 6, 2009 -- Getting enough vitamin D early in life may cut the odds of developing multiple sclerosis, researchers report. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is more common in parts of the world far from the equator, where the sun wanes during winter. During that seasonal sunshine shortfall, it's harder for

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    3. Experimental Pill May Treat MS

      Oct. 23, 2008 -- An experimental pill may help curb brain lesions in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), which is the most common form of MS. That finding comes from a new study, published in the Oct. 25 edition of The Lancet. The pill, which contains a chemical called fumarat

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    4. Guarded Optimism for Experimental MS Drug

      Oct. 22, 2008 -- An experimental multiple sclerosis drug proved to be much more effective for the treatment of early MS than a widely used treatment in a study, but the efficacy came at a price. Patients with early relapsing-remitting MS treated with the drug alemtuzumab had far fewer relapses and e

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    5. MS Drug Tysabri Tied to Brain Infection

      Aug. 1, 2008 -- Two multiple sclerosis patients in Europe have come down with a rare, serious brain infection called PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy). The patients, who are in stable condition, are the first confirmed cases of PML in Tysabri users since the drug was reintroduced in t

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    6. Could Caffeine Stop MS in Its Tracks?

      June 30, 2008 -- The caffeine that many of us rely on to get us going in the mornings or perk us up during the day could hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of multiple sclerosis. When consumed in large amounts in a newly reported study, caffeine was found to protect against multiple sclerosis b

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    7. MS Drug Clears Hurdle

      June 20, 2008 -- A new drug called laquinimod appears to be a promising treatment option for adults with the most common form of multiple sclerosis (MS). Phase II study results published in this week's edition of The Lancet show that laquinimod tablets safely and effectively reduce disease activity

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    8. Cancer Drug Helps Hard-to-Treat MS

      June 11, 2008 -- A 50-year-old cancer drug could help multiple sclerosis patients who have few treatment options -- those with the most aggressive and hard-to treat disease. In a small study published online, the chemotherapy drug cyclophosphamide was found to slow disease progression and improve ph

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    9. Pediatric MS Affects Thinking, Memory

      May 12, 2008 -- Multiple sclerosis (MS) that strikes during childhood may disrupt a key phase of brain development and appears to have a profound negative impact on a child's ability to think and pay attention. Scientists reporting in the May 12 issue of Neurology say that the earlier MS develops, t

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    10. Good News for Oral MS Drug Fingolimod

      April 16, 2008 -- Seventy percent of multiple sclerosis patients taking the experimental drug FTY720 -- fingolimod -- were relapse free after three years of daily treatment. The finding comes from an extended phase II clinical trial in which all patients receive the immunity-suppressing drug. Resear

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