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  1. Older Siblings May Not Have Greater MS Risk

    Aug. 22, 2005 -- A new study contradicts previous findings that when multiple sclerosis occurs it strikes older siblings most often. Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). It occurs when myelin, a substance that forms a sheath around nerve fibers, is d

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  2. New Details on Suspension of MS Drug Tysabri

    June 9, 2005 -- New information has surfaced about the rare but often lethal disease that prompted the removal of Tysabri, a new multiple sclerosis (MS) drug. At least three cases have been identified. Tysabri was approved by the FDA last November. In late February, Tysabri's maker, Biogen Idec, vol

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  3. Heart, Leukemia Warning for MS Drug Novantrone

    May 25, 2005 -- The FDA is warning doctors and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients about the risk of heart failure and leukemia from the MS drug Novantrone. Patients may be more vulnerable if they have a history of heart disease or heart problems. Screening for heart failure should be done prior to sta

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  4. Smoking Tied to Multiple Sclerosis Progression

    April 26, 2005 - Cigarette smoking has already been identified as a risk factor for multiple sclerosis (MS). Now new research for the first time also implicates smoking in the progression of the degenerative disease. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health reported that current and past

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  5. Long-Term Use of MS Drug Seems Safe

    April 18, 2005 -- The multiple sclerosis drug Betaseron appears to be safe for long-term use, according to a study sponsored by Berlex Inc., the drug's maker. Only the preliminary results are in. The full data are expected later this year. The early findings focus on 234 MS patients who participated

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  6. Liver Injury Warning for MS Drug Avonex

    March 16, 2005 -- Patients taking the multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Avonex should be watched for possible liver problems, says the drug's maker. Rare cases of severe liver injury, including cases of liver failure, have been reported among Avonex users, says Avonex's maker, Biogen, in a letter to doct

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  7. Blood Test May Spot Early Multiple Sclerosis

    March 15, 2005 - A new blood test may soon allow doctors to detect multiple sclerosis early with a single test rather than the battery of exams now required to definitively diagnose the disease. Researchers say it's the first published report of a potential blood test for multiple sclerosis. Current

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  8. Multiple Sclerosis Drug Suspended After Death

    Feb. 28, 2005 - The recently approved multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Tysabri has been voluntarily pulled from the market following reports of one death and one serious side effect in patients treated with the drug. In cooperation with the FDA, the drug's makers, Biogen Idec and Elan Pharmaceuticals, t

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  9. Baby Siblings May Cut Multiple Sclerosis Risk

    Jan. 25, 2005 -- Growing up with baby brothers or sisters may have a protective effect against the development of multiple sclerosis (MS). It's possible but not certain, says Anne-Louise Ponsonby, PhD. She works at the Australian National University and has studied MS, a disease of the brain and spi

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  10. Pumping Iron Helps Strengthen MS Patients

    Jan. 19, 2005 -- Muscles weakened by multiple sclerosis (MS) appear to improve from a short-term strength training program. Researchers reported improvements in muscle strength and function, and reductions in self-reported fatigue among eight patients participating in a two-month study evaluating re

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