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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. FDA Lets MS Drug Tysabri Return

      June 5, 2006 -- The FDA is letting the multiple sclerosis (MS) multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Tysabri back on the market under a restricted distribution program. The FDA first approved Tysabri in November 2004. Tysabri’s maker, Biogen-Idec, took Tysabri off the market in February 2005 after three peop

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    9. Epstein-Barr Virus May Trigger MS

      April 10, 2006 -- Young adults with high levels of antibodies to Epstein-Barr virus appear to be at increased risk for developing multiple sclerosis later in life, new research suggests. The findings add to the evidence implicating the common virus as a possible trigger for multiple sclerosis, a neu

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    10. Lipitor-Copaxone Combo May Fight MS

      March 16, 2006 - A combination of two currently approved drugs prevents and even reverses paralysis in mice with multiple sclerosis. One of the drugs is the MS drug Copaxone. It's now approved for the treatment of relapsing-remitting MS. The second drug is Lipitor, one of the group of so-called stat

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