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  1. Stress, Violence May Make MS Worse

    Aug. 17, 2007 -- Mice with an MS-like disease got sicker faster after being chased and bitten by aggressive mouse bullies. MS -- multiple sclerosis -- is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the myelin sheath protecting nerve cells. Nobody knows exactly what triggers recurrent re

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  2. DNA Vaccine May Stop MS

    Aug. 13, 2007 - A new kind of vaccine promises to halt the destructive immune responses behind multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and other autoimmune diseases. Thirty patients already have received four injections of the MS version of the vaccine in a phase 1 clinical trial. The vaccine was very

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  3. Caution Urged in Early MS Treatment

    Aug. 2, 2007 -- A new study shows that early treatment for multiple sclerosis cuts the risk of disability. But some experts say it's too soon to take a "treat-all approach" to MS. The international BENEFIT study tested a current trend -- giving MS treatments to patients at the first sign of what mig

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  4. New Multiple Sclerosis Gene Found

    July 30, 2007 -- Three new studies show that the IL7R gene, which affects the immune system, may affect a person's chances of developing multiple sclerosis. Variations in the IL7R gene are common, and they're more common in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) than in people without multiple sclerosi

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  5. Sun Exposure Linked to MS Risk

    July 23, 2007 - Spending time in the sun as a child may help protect against multiple sclerosis (MS). In a new study of identical twins with only one twin having MS, the twin who spent more time in the sun as a child had a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis than the twin who spent less time

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  6. Multiple Sclerosis: Race a Factor?

    July 6, 2007 -- Multiple sclerosis may affect the immune systems of African-Americans and whites differently, a new study shows. The study, published in the latest edition of the journal Neurology, points out that multiple sclerosis (MS) is rarer but often more severe in African-Americans than in wh

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  7. Both Parents May Pass MS Risk to Kids

    June 28, 2007 -- Men and women with multiple sclerosis (MS) share an equal risk of passing the disease onto their children, according to a new study. The results contradict a study published last year that suggested men with multiple sclerosis were more likely to pass MS to their children than women

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  8. Tracing MS From Childhood to Adulthood

    June 20, 2007 -- Rare childhood cases of multiple sclerosis (MS) may take about a decade longer to worsen than adult cases, according to a new European study. In MS, the body's immune system attacks the nerves of the brain and spinal cord. It usually strikes adults, but up to 10% of cases begin by a

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  9. MS Treatment May Lie in the Eye

    June 13, 2007 -- A protein called CRYAB, which is found in the eye, may help treat multiple sclerosis (MS). That's according to preliminary lab tests done on mice. It's too soon to know if the same strategy will work in people. But if it does, it may lead to new MS treatments. The researchers includ

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  10. Super-Early MS Treatment Best

    June 1, 2007 -- Treat a disease even before it's diagnosed? Yes, if the disease is multiple sclerosis, new research shows. An MS diagnosis is complex and often depends on more than one attack of neurological symptoms such as limb weakness or blurred vision. Doctors tend to take a year or more to mak

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