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  1. High Doses of Vitamin D Cut MS Relapses

    April 28, 2009 (Seattle) -- High doses of vitamin D dramatically cut the relapse rate in people with multiple sclerosis, a study shows. Sixteen percent of 25 people with multiple sclerosis (MS) given an average of 14,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day for a year suffered relapses, says

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  2. Experimental MS Drug May Aid Walking

    Feb. 26, 2009 -- An experimental drug called fampridine may improve walking in some people with multiple sclerosis. Researchers report that news in the Feb. 28 edition of The Lancet. They studied 301 U.S. and Canadian adults with multiple sclerosis (MS). At the study's start, the patients were timed

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  3. Smoking at Young Age May Raise MS Risk

    Feb. 20, 2009 -- Youngsters who start smoking before age 17 may be putting themselves at increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests. Researchers studied 87 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who were among more than 30,000 people who took part in the 2002 National Healt

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  4. Vitamin D May Cut Multiple Sclerosis Risk

    Feb. 6, 2009 -- Getting enough vitamin D early in life may cut the odds of developing multiple sclerosis, researchers report. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is more common in parts of the world far from the equator, where the sun wanes during winter. During that seasonal sunshine shortfall, it's harder for

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  5. Experimental Pill May Treat MS

    Oct. 23, 2008 -- An experimental pill may help curb brain lesions in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), which is the most common form of MS. That finding comes from a new study, published in the Oct. 25 edition of The Lancet. The pill, which contains a chemical called fumarat

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  6. Guarded Optimism for Experimental MS Drug

    Oct. 22, 2008 -- An experimental multiple sclerosis drug proved to be much more effective for the treatment of early MS than a widely used treatment in a study, but the efficacy came at a price. Patients with early relapsing-remitting MS treated with the drug alemtuzumab had far fewer relapses and e

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  7. MS Drug Tysabri Tied to Brain Infection

    Aug. 1, 2008 -- Two multiple sclerosis patients in Europe have come down with a rare, serious brain infection called PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy). The patients, who are in stable condition, are the first confirmed cases of PML in Tysabri users since the drug was reintroduced in t

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  8. Could Caffeine Stop MS in Its Tracks?

    June 30, 2008 -- The caffeine that many of us rely on to get us going in the mornings or perk us up during the day could hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of multiple sclerosis. When consumed in large amounts in a newly reported study, caffeine was found to protect against multiple sclerosis b

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  9. MS Drug Clears Hurdle

    June 20, 2008 -- A new drug called laquinimod appears to be a promising treatment option for adults with the most common form of multiple sclerosis (MS). Phase II study results published in this week's edition of The Lancet show that laquinimod tablets safely and effectively reduce disease activity

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  10. Cancer Drug Helps Hard-to-Treat MS

    June 11, 2008 -- A 50-year-old cancer drug could help multiple sclerosis patients who have few treatment options -- those with the most aggressive and hard-to treat disease. In a small study published online, the chemotherapy drug cyclophosphamide was found to slow disease progression and improve ph

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