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  1. 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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  2. Sex Hormones May Affect Multiple Sclerosis

    Jan. 18, 2005 -- Sex hormones may play a role in multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers say. Abnormal levels of estrogen and testosterone may affect inflammation or damage to brain tissue caused by multiple sclerosis. Carlo Pozzilli and colleagues report the finding in February's Journal of Neurology,

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  3. Mercury Fillings: They're Not Risky

    Dec. 9, 2004 -- Mercury in dental fillings does not cause Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, or other health problems, according to a new review of all current research. But will this put to rest the concerns many people have? It's a sensitive issue. Methyl mercury is the type found in fish, a

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  4. Birth Month Tied to Multiple Sclerosis Risk

    Dec. 6, 2004 -- The season in which you're born may affect your risk of developing multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests. Researchers found that babies born in May appear to have the highest risk of developing the brain nervous system disorder in adulthood, and those born in November have the low

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  5. Stem Cells May Heal Multiple Sclerosis Damage

    Dec. 1, 2004 -- Stem cells might be able to reverse damage caused by multiple sclerosis (MS), say Italian researchers. The technique is a long way off from human use, but early tests on mice were encouraging. If the approach works out, it could help the 2.5 million people worldwide who have MS, incl

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  6. New Type of Multiple Sclerosis Drug Approved

    Nov. 24, 2004 -- The FDA has approved the first of a new generation of multiple sclerosis treatments that are based on fighting the biology behind the disease rather than just the symptoms. The drug, which will be sold under the name Tysabri (natalizumab), is a monoclonal antibody bioengineered from

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  7. Thyroid Hormone May Treat Multiple Sclerosis

    Nov. 11, 2004 -- Supplementing the body's own thyroid hormone during a critical phase of multiple sclerosis may help repair the damage caused by the disease, according to new research. The study showed that treating rats with a multiple sclerosis-like disease with thyroid hormone helped protect them

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  8. Aricept May Help Memory in Multiple Sclerosis

    Nov. 8, 2004 -- Aricept, a drug used in treating Alzheimer's disease, might improve memory and mental function in some people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study. The report, published in the Nov. 9 issue of the journal Neurology, focused on 69 patients with multiple sclerosis who

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  9. Medical Marijuana, Stem Cells Pass on Election Day

    Nov. 3, 2004 -- Tuesday's vote made Montana the 10th state to legalize medical marijuana and made California the first to mandate state-funded embryonic stem cell research. Meanwhile, Alaskans rejected a move that would have fully legalized marijuana for adults and would have given the state the rig

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  10. Interferon Beta Therapy May Delay MS

    Oct. 21, 2004 -- A weekly shot of interferon beta drugs may help delay the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) in people with early signs of the disease, a new study shows. European researchers found people in the early stages of MS who were given weekly interferon beta therapy were less likely t

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