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  1. Cancer Drug Rituxan Cuts MS Flare-ups

    May 1, 2007 (Boston) -- A drug that is already used to treat cancer and rheumatoid arthritis cut by more than half the chance that people with multiple sclerosis would have their symptoms flare up over a six-month period, researchers report. In two early studies, people taking the drug, Rituxan, als

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  2. MS Increasingly a Woman's Disease

    April 26, 2007 -- Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) now appear to outnumber men with the disease by a ratio of four to one in the U.S., new research shows. The review of data from a voluntary MS registry suggests a steady increase in MS rates among women over time, while rates among men appear to h

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  3. Pregnancy Hormone May Help Treat MS

    Feb. 23, 2007 -- Prolactin, a pregnancy hormone, may repair nerve damage and might help treat multiple sclerosis (MS) , Canadian researchers report. So far, the scientists -- who work at the University of Calgary -- have only studied prolactin in female mice, not in people. But they note that MS sym

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  4. Benign MS May Not Stay Benign

    Feb. 12, 2007 -- Nearly half of cases called benign multiple sclerosis may unpredictably worsen decades after diagnosis, a Canadian study shows. The findings suggest that doctors should be cautious about using the term "benign multiple sclerosis" or "benign MS." "We need to be careful what we tell p

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  5. Multiple Sclerosis Rates Up 50%

    Jan. 29, 2007 -- Multiple sclerosis (MS) may be 50% more common in the U.S. than previously thought, according to a new research review. The review from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says almost one in 1,000 people in the U.S. have MS. However, the National Multiple Scl

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  6. Vitamin D May Protect Against MS

    Dec. 19, 2006 -- There is new evidence supporting the idea that vitamin D helps prevent multiple sclerosis, but it is too soon to recommend taking the vitamin to lower your risk, researchers say. In the first large-scale study to examine the issue, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Healt

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  7. Protein Linked to MS Relapse

    Dec. 4, 2006 -- A protein abundant in multiple sclerosis patients during disease flare-ups may be a key culprit in this and other autoimmune diseases. The protein is called osteopontin. Several years ago, Stanford researcher Lawrence Steinman, MD, and colleagues found abnormally high osteopontin lev

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  8. Vitamin B3 May Help MS

    Sept. 19, 2006 -- The newest treatment for multiple sclerosis might be vitamin B3, mouse studies suggest. Nicotinamide is a form of vitamin B3 closely related to niacin. In a mouse model of MS, nicotinamide protects brain cells from degeneration. Given in the early stages of disease, it offered "dra

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  9. Early Results Promising for MS Drug

    Sept. 13, 2006 -- Patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis responded well to the experimental drug fingolimod, giving new hope for an oral MS drug, new research shows. The findings are published in the latest New England Journal of Medicine. If the drug is shown to be both effective and safe in la

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  10. Fathers More Likely to Pass MS On

    July 25, 2006 -- Kids may be more likely to inherit multiple sclerosis (MS) multiple sclerosis (MS) from their fathers than their mothers. That news -- published in today's issue of Neurology -- may, at first glance, seem to defy MS statistics. MS is about twice as common in women as in men. But "fa

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