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Friday, March 28, 2008

MS Society Reinforces Its Position On Hybrid Embryos, UK

Medical News Today
Article Date: 26 Mar 2008 - 1:00 PDT


MS Society Reinforces Its Position On Hybrid Embryos, UK


Following news reports over the Easter weekend concerning the Embryology Bill currently making its way through Parliament, the MS Society has reinforced its position on this avenue of research.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the MS Society, said: "The use of hybrid embryos is an important part of stem cell research.

"At the moment, there are limited options for scientists investigating the use of stem cells and as a result, their full potential is yet to be realised.

"Diseases such as MS, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's have a devastating impact on more than a million families throughout the UK; families to whom stem cell research could offer vital hope."

MS Society - UK

Loss Of Mobility Impacts Quality of Life and Emotional Health of those living with Multiple Sclerosis

Medical News Today

Article Date: 27 Mar 2008 - 14:00 PDT


Loss Of Mobility Found To Impact Quality Of Life And Emotional And Financial Health Of Most People Living With Multiple Sclerosis


The symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) that affect mobility have a significant impact on quality of life, safety, and financial and emotional health among many people living with MS, according to the results of two 2008 surveys conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. and the National MS Society. The findings, gathered from interviews conducted among representative samples of 1011 people living with MS and 317 care partners, provide new data related to the impact of mobility loss and walking difficulty on different aspects of daily life for people with MS.

Among people with MS surveyed, almost two-thirds (64%) experience trouble walking, the inability to walk or loss of balance at least twice each week.

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Potential new way to combat Multiple Sclerosis

Eureka Alert
March 28, 2008

Potential new target for multiple sclerosis therapy

Researchers demonstrate both genetic and pharmaceutical evidence for the role of a protein called collagenase-2 in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), providing a potential new way to combat this debilitating disease.

Collagenase-2 is a member of a protein family called matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs, collagenase-2 is MMP8), a large group of enzymes that break down collagen and other components of the body's connective tissue. MMPs have been implicated in contributing to MS by degrading the tissue that maintains the blood-brain barrier, thus allowing unwanted cells to invade and break down nerves. In fact, MMPs are found in elevated amounts in the blood and spinal fluid of diseased individuals.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) - What is it?

OBTAINED from Bonnie at: http://scamparoo.wordpress.com/2008/03/26/trigeminal-neuralgia-tn/

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN)



What is it?

TN is an extremely severe facial pain that tends to come and go unpredictably in sudden shock-like attacks. The pain is often described as stabbing, shooting, excruciating, burning, extremely strong. The pain usually lasts for a few seconds, but there can be many bursts of pain in quick succession. It is a chronic disorder of the trigeminal nerve (or 5th cranial nerve).

The Trigeminal Nerve has 3 branches (or divisions):

1) The upper 1st branch (Ophthalmic) which runs above the eye, forehead, and front of the head.
2) The middle 2nd branch (Maxillary) which runs through the cheek, upper jaw, teeth and gum, side of the nose.
3) The lower 3rd branch (Mandibular) which runs through the lower jaw, teeth, and gums.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

MS Patients Like Me

Kathie in Florida suggests that if you would like to connect with other ms peers, that you view this site:

MS Patients Like Me

I personally have not yet had the time to review so instead, maybe some of you will do this and then let the rest of us know, how you feel about it.
You can send your thoughts of this site to me and I will post your comments, anonymously or with your name attached.

Investigating the role of an innate immune system in Multiple Sclerosis

Cordis News - Brussels,Belgium

Marie Curie researcher investigates role of innate immune system in Multiple Sclerosis

[Date: 2008-03-26]

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease and has many faces that researchers still do not fully understand. It is believed to be an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system reacts against components of the brain and spinal cord. Recent research efforts have been looking into the possibility of exploiting the human body's own immune system in MS therapy.

In the framework of the EU's Marie Curie programme, Dr Bruno Gran of the University of Nottingham, UK, is investigating the use of the so-called innate immune system. As opposed to the adaptive immune system, which is in charge of highly specific immune responses, the innate immune system is less specific. It is designed 'to respond quickly to infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses and to recognise patterns that are common to these infectious agents and start a rather potent and quick immune response that is eliminating these pathogens,' Dr Gran explained in a CORDIS News interview.


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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

MS - "The Show Must Go On"

View this exceptional video made by a young woman with MS
Shown on You Tube

An Unusual yet very realistic MS Video.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

‘MS and Children’ now available in Spanish ( en Español )

MSIF News

Dr Alexander Burnfield’s article on ‘MS and Children’ from our website is now available in Spanish. Federación Española Para La Lucha Contra La Esclerosis Múltiple (FELEM) has translated ‘MS and Children’ into a booklet, ‘EM. Infancia, adolescencia y familia’ as a downloadable PDF.

Read the article in English in our 'Life with MS: Family Friends and Carers’ section.

Visit the FELEM page to download the EM. Infancia, adolescencia y familia booklet in Spanish.

Designer t-cells suppress multiple sclerosis in mice: study

Google News

March 25, 2008


CHICAGO (AFP) — A new drug currently being tested in humans has been found to suppress multiple sclerosis and other auto immune diseases in mice, according to a study published Monday.

The drug works by stimulating the development of t-cells, a kind of white blood cell which helps the immune system target specific pathogens.

"We know that it generates t-cell lines that are regulatory for auto immune diseases and that the same t-cell line will suppress three different auto immune diseases in mice," said study author Jack Strominger of Harvard University.

"It is also effective in several other auto immune diseases in mice, so it's possible this class of molecules could be more broadly used than simply for multiple sclerosis."

Strominger and his team developed a relative of the drug Copaxone which is currently used to treat multiple sclerosis.

They tested it on mice directly and then generated a t-cell line from those treated mice. Those t-cells suppressed the disease in three different models, he said in a telephone interview.

In testing it on mice they discovered it was "far more effective" in treating multiple sclerosis and "amazingly more effective" in treating uveitis, a common cause of blindness, he said.

"Whether this relative or another one is going to replace Copaxone, I don't know but there are certain to be second or third generation drugs in this category," he said.

"Mice are not man and the only way to find out whether FYAK is more effective than Copaxone is to do a clinical trial."

A small company near Harvard is currently testing the drug in humans in a Phase I clinical trial, he said.

It could take years to prove if the drug is both safe and effective.

The study was published in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Stem cells and Remyelination in MS

From the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation ( MS in Focus )

Issue eleven - February 2008
Stem cells and Remyelination in MS

Click the above link to read this article

MS in focus is available in English, Spanish and German. With an international cross cultural board, easily accessible language and free subscription MS in focus will interest all those affected by MS worldwide. People with MS, their carers, healthcare professionals and support groups will find the following areas of MS in focus invaluable: rehabilitation; quality of life and lifestyle; treatments; MS society projects and programmes; and the activities of the global MS community.

Welcome to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark; we're also a museum owned by Miami-Dade County and accredited by the American Association of Museums. Vizcaya is open to the public 364 days each year, and we invite you to visit this serene and stunningly beautiful retreat in the heart of Miami.

Built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens features a main house, ten acres of formal gardens, a hardwood hammock, and soon-to-be-restored historic village.

If you are planning on visiting Miami or if you live near enough, it is a must that you plan on visiting this landmark. Plan on a full day because even once finished viewing the home, the landscape is so spectacular that you will want to lounge for hours and hours.



Monday, March 24, 2008

Consumer Guide to Choosing a Home Repair or Remodeling Contractor

Obtained from Handyman Matters

Learn the 21 questions to ask to make sure your project gets done on time and on budget.

You can save yourself a lot of time and money by finding one competent handyman who can do several different projects instead of hiring a different person or company for each individual job.

If you haven’t had experience with home improvement contracting, it’s difficult to tell if someone can successfully complete your projects. You may feel uncomfortable taking someone’s word when they tell you, “We can do anything—it’s not a problem.”

This report explains the things you need to know to get the best job done at the best price. It explains what you need to know, why you need to know it and the questions to ask to make sure you get the information you need to make an informed decision.

Our extensive customer surveys have identified certain issues that homeowners are most concerned about. Click on the topics below to learn more about the questions you should be asking to protect yourself, and your home.

Consumer Guide Contents

  1. Making Sure The Job Gets Done Right the First Time
  2. Making Sure They Can Do the Work
  3. Ensuring Your Contractor Will be on Time
  4. Making Sure You Get a Fair Price and the Final Bill Won’t Exceed the Quote
  5. Types of Home Improvement Quotes
  6. Ensuring Craftspersons Won’t Be Rude or Messy
  7. Communication and Job Progress Updates
  8. Guarantee
  9. Availability
  10. Legal Issues
  11. Convenient Contractor Check-List
    (21 Questions to Ask to Make Sure Your Project Gets Done on Time and on Budget)
  12. Letter from the Handyman Matters President and Founder

Printable Version of the Consumer Guide.



The Kissing Test -- (Humorous)

This is pure entertainment.

Very Funny.

>>> CLICK HERE , to experience this hysterical test.


Make others smile, make others laugh. Pass it along.

Knowledge is knowing where to turn for MS Patient Info

MS in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers
A new tool to help educate employers about MS


MyMS>>myWAY
Your guide to using technology to help improve the way to live with Multiple Sclerosis.


MSWorld
MSWorld provides global internet community support to people with MS. MSWorld's mission is to end the isolation that people feel when diagnosed with MS.





real talk real answers

RealTalkRealAnswers

Virtual gathering for "Real Talk. Real Answers". Living with MS in your 20's and 30's.




Lending Library



www.carepages.com/msworld
CarePages is a service for patients and families that will allow family and friends to stay in touch before, during and after hospitalization. Patients and families are able to create and update a free, private and personalized web page where they can share their latest news with friends and family, and receive messages of support.

MS Learn Online
Providing quality information and convenient access. Since its first
broadcast in 1999, MS Learn Online, the National MS Society's Internet Program, has been a successful way to educate about multiple sclerosis. View pre-recorded webcasts to learn more about MS basic facts, symptom management, employment, intimacy, care-partners, and progressive MS. Each program may include:

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Audio broadcast
· Technical support instructions


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Survey


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Additional resources



...Con Los Pies en la Tierra, Viviendo con la Esclerosis Múltiple, 2nd edition

"With my feet on the ground, living with MS" by Dr. Maria Reyes-Velarde, Manager of Underserved Population Programs, Research and Clinical Programs
Department.


This book offers a personal and practical approach to living with MS and provides a wealth of information about the disease and its management. The book can be ordered directly through:
http://www.trafford.com/robots/04-1668.html




Frozen in Grand Central Station - (Fun to watch)

Received from Susan in Miami

This is SO COOL to watch

Check out 'Frozen in Grand Central Station - Video'

>> Click Here <<



This is a prank on a "grand" scale. Over 200 people gathered at Grand Central Station in New York to pull off a 'frozen in place' act. The onlooking travelers who weren't part of the act were mystified as to what was going on.

EMEA Concludes New Advice To Doctors And Patients For Tysabri (natalizumab) Needed, Europe

Medical News Today

Article Date: 24 Mar 2008 - 4:00 PDT

The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has concluded that warnings about liver injury should be added to the product information for Tysabri (natalizumab).

Tysabri is used to treat relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) in patients with high disease activity despite treatment with a beta-interferon or whose disease is severe and evolving rapidly.

Following a review of reports of liver injury in patients treated with Tysabri, the EMEA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) concluded that there is a need to update the product information for Tysabri to warn patients and prescribers that liver injury may occur.

Doctors should monitor the liver function of patients receiving Tysabri. Patients who observe any signs of liver injury, such as yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes, or unusual darkening of the urine should see their doctor.

The CHMP has requested that Elan, the marketing authorisation holder for Tysabri, submits a variation to the marketing authorisation to implement these changes.

As with all medicinal products, the EMEA will continue to monitor Tysabri closely to ensure that the benefits of the medicine continue to outweigh its risks.

Notes:

1. More information about the EMEA recommendation is available in a question-and-answer document here.

2. More information about Tysabri, including the currently approved information to prescribers and patients can be found in the European Public Assessment Report

European Medicines Agency

John Wayne's America...

Great Selection. Provide this to all you know and ask them to do the same.

http://sagebrushpatriot.com/america.htm

The Benefits of Eating Bananas

After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Click here: Bent Bay

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Principles to Promote Quality of Life of People with Multiple Sclerosis

Principles to Promote Quality of Life of People with Multiple Sclerosis


Above link is another of the more than 1000 MS Related Articles that can be found at:
MS Views and Related News

when the Homepage opens, click the link that reads Visit Blog, to search the MS Archives. Use the Catgory list found on the right-hand tool bar to better guide you.

Newly Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis?

Especially for the Newly Diagnosed - Glossary Terms for Multiple Sclerosis



Read the above then click this link to read other Facts about Multiple Sclerosis


Join Stu's Views and MS Related News, to receive a weekly e-Newsletter relating to Multiple Sclerosis. Click here to Opt-in

Stu’s Views and MS Related News

Stu’s Views and MS Related News

www.msviewsandrelatednews.com

Att: MS Peers and/or Caregivers,

In view of the fact that there are so many who are effected and/or affected by Multiple Sclerosis, I wonder if you have had the opportunity to view my MS Related e-Newsletter and have had the time to visit with my website.

My MS Related e-Newsletter is published usually just 1x per week and presently has a direct distribution list of just over 1500 Global email recipients. Many of these recipients are sending this info to others whom they know or to members of their support groups. We estimate that approximately 4000 people per week are seeing this e-Newsletter, appropriately named: “Stu’s Views and MS Related News”.

MS Views and Related News, is the name of my website. I began working on this site in 2006. It’s come a long way since it’s inception considering it is now being viewed more than 121,000 times per month in more than 80 countries. Look at the Sponsor ads when you get a chance.

With time on my hands, I wanted to provide Multiple Sclerosis information to and for, anybody seeking to be empowered with MS information. Remember please that Knowledge is Power and I want all whose lives are touched by MS, to have this Empowerment.

Many Medical Professionals have joined my distribution listings as they too would like to see breaking news stories faster then their medical channels may provide them.

If you have not yet opted-in to receive my e-newsletter, please visit my website (see info provided in the above header). Once there, click on the button that reads:

Sign up for our Newsletter.

To view the articles, click the button that reads: Visit Blog. It is here, on the blog that you will find just about whatever you need to know of Multiple Sclerosis. Use the search box to find what you seek. If you cannot find it, then send me an email and I will help you find the information. By the way, there is nothing here that reads: Here’s the Cure!!! Not just yet anyway……..

My email address for those who would like to write, or if you have any questions, is:

stuartschlossman@bellsouth.net

Without further ado, I hope to hear from you, if you are not yet receiving any of the above.

Sincerely,

Stuart Schlossman


Eye Test Peers Into Heat-related Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

March 20, '08: Eye Test Peers Into Heat-related Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms



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