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    1. Rituxan Shows Promise for MS

      Feb. 13, 2008 -- The novel cancer and rheumatoid arthritis drug Rituxan may prove to be a highly effective treatment for the most common form of multiple sclerosis, if results from a small, phase II trial are confirmed. In the study, sponsored by the drug's manufacturers, patients with relapsing-rem

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    2. Does Pot Use Hamper Thinking in MS?

      Feb. 13, 2008 -- New research shows that among multiple sclerosis patients, those who smoke marijuana may have slower reaction times on mental skills tests and are more likely to report a history of psychiatric diagnoses. That news, published in today's advance online edition of Neurology, comes fro

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    3. Tysabri May Be Linked to Melanoma

      Feb. 6, 2008 -- Two multiple sclerosis patients developed malignant melanoma -- a deadly form of skin cancer -- soon after starting treatment with Tysabri. Tysabri slows the self-destructive immune responses that attack the nervous systems of people with MS. In animal studies, these same immune resp

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    4. Eye Scan May Help Spot MS Damage

      Oct. 16, 2007 -- A quick eye scan may help doctors check for nerve damage in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. That news might mean swifter treatment for MS, note MS experts including Peter Calabresi, MD, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine "Treatments for MS cannot reverse the damage but they can a

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    5. MS That Runs in Families May Be Worse

      Oct. 12, 2007 -- Multiple sclerosis may cause more severe brain damage in patients who have a relative who had multiple sclerosis. Researchers reported that news today in Prague, Czech Republic, at the 23rd Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis. The scie

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    6. Antibody May Help Heal MS Nerve Damage

      Oct. 9, 2007 -- Scientists may have found a way to reverse some nerve damage from multiple sclerosis -- a discovery that may lead to new treatments for MS. Researchers today reported that they've successfully used an antibody to restore nerves' fatty sheath (called myelin) that had been ravaged by M

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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