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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Here Is something that MIGHT ( or Might NOT ) Shock You

Rigged Clinical Trials: Drug Studies Favor the Pharmaceutical Companies
Companies more concerned with profits than with patients


Global Research, November 7, 2008
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - 2008-11-05

If you have often suspected that drug studies are rigged by the pharmaceutical manufacturer, you are right. "Drug studies skewed toward study sponsors," reported The Washington Post. (1) "Industry-funded research often favors patent-holders, study finds." Specifically, the American Journal of Psychiatry study authors said, "In 90% of the studies, the reported overall outcome was in favor of the sponsor's drug... On the basis of these contrasting findings in head-to-head trials, it appears that whichever company sponsors the trial produces the better antipsychotic drug." (2)

Marcia Angell, MD, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, agrees. "Is there some way (drug) companies can rig clinical trials to make their drugs look better than they are? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Trials can be rigged in a dozen ways, and it happens all the time." One "way to load the dice," she writes, "is to enroll only young subjects in trials, even if the drugs being tested are meant to be used mainly in older people. Because young people generally experience fewer side effects, drugs will look safer." Another of the "common ways to bias trials is to present only part of the data - the part that makes the product look good - and ignore the rest." She adds, "The most dramatic form of bias is out-and-out suppression of negative results." (3)

You will rarely hear academia complain. Why? Because they are aboard the gravy train. Dr. Angell: "Columbia University, which patented the technology used in the manufacture of Epogen and Cerezyme, collected nearly $300 million in royalties" in 17 years. "The patent was based on NIH-funded research." That means you, the taxpayer, footed the bill. Harvard is in just as deep. In its own Faustian dealings with the drug companies, "a Harvard hospital has a deal that gives Novartis rights to discoveries that lead to new cancer drugs ... Merck is building a twelve-story research facility next door to Harvard Medical School . . . In Harvard Medical School 's Dean's Report for 2003-4, the list of benefactors included about a dozen of the largest drug companies."

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The Two Year Wait for Medicare Might soon be over

Campaign to end 2-year insurance gap for disabled

November 13, '08 - Associated Press
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress and the Obama administration should end the two-year wait that people deemed too sick to work by the government face before qualifying for Medicare, lawmakers and leading advocacy groups said Wednesday.

Medicare covers the disabled and older people, and at any time, 1.5 million disabled people find themselves waiting to qualify. About 40 percent are uninsured during part of that wait, while 25 percent are without insurance during the entire 24 months. Of the rest, some get coverage through Medicaid, but many end up depleting their savings on private insurance and medical bills.

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Study suggest that an individualized rehabilitation program effectively reduces disability in patients

Personal rehab helpful for multiple sclerosis
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:38pm GMT - Reuters-Uk

By Michelle Rizzo

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Results of a study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry suggest that an individualized rehabilitation program effectively reduces disability in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

"Persons with MS are expected to have a normal lifespan and live for many decades with a range of problems," Dr. Fary Khan, of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues write.

In order to assess the effectiveness of rehabilitation in MS patients, the researchers conducted a study with 101 patients who were randomly assigned to an individualized program or standard care.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

In The War Against Diseases, Nerve Cells Need Their Armor

ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2008) — In a new study, researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University, and the Université de Montréal have discovered an essential mechanism for the maintenance of the normal structure of myelin, the protective covering that insulates and supports nerve cells (neurons). Up until now, very little was known about myelin maintenance.

This new information provides vital insight into diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other progressive demyelinating diseases in which myelin is destroyed, causing irreversible damage and disrupting the nerve cells' ability to transmit messages. The research, published recently in the Journal of Neuroscience, is the first to identify a role for the protein netrin-1, previously characterized only in the developing nervous system, with this critical function in the adult nervous system.

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Intraspinal implant of mesenchymal stem cells may not heal the demyelinated spinal cord

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Public release date: 12-Nov-2008

Tampa, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2008) – Multiple sclerosis is a disease caused by the loss of the myelinated sheath surrounding the nerve fibers of the spinal cord. Therapeutic hope for curing multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases has included the possibility that stem cell transplants could help remyelinate the spinal cord. Accordingly, researchers from the University of Cambridge (UK) conducted experiments using animal models to see if the direct implantation of multipotent mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) (derived from a different rat's adult bone marrow, i.e. allogenic) into the demyelinated rat spinal cord would be therapeutic and remyelinate the damaged area.

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Learning How-to Use our Library of MS Archives

Learn How to use our Library of MS Archives:


If you want to learn about Fatigue for example, click this http://www.msviewsandrelatednews.com/blog5
( This is also accessible thru our website -- Find the link that reads Stuart's Library of MS Archives)


When the site opens, find the search box (under the category links)

Type (for example):
  1. Fatigue or Pain (or any other search word)
  2. Then click enter and all of the articles containing your search word, will then open for your viewing.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Persistence of Immunopathological and Radiological Traits in Multiple Sclerosis

Archives or Neurology - Vol. 65 No. 11, November 2008

Fatima B. König, MD; Brigitte Wildemann, MD; Stefan Nessler, MD; Dun Zhou, PhD; Bernhard Hemmer, MD; Imke Metz, MD; Hans-Peter Hartung, MD; Bernd C. Kieseier, MD; Wolfgang Brück, MD Arch Neurol. 2008;65(11):1527-1532.

Background Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a heterogeneous autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. The identification of 4 different immunopathological subtypes of MS raises the question of whether these subtypes represent different patient subgroups that can be distinguished according to their leading mechanism of myelin destruction or whether this is a stage-dependent process in the development of lesions in a given patient.

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Predicting Clinical Progression With the Magnetic Resonance Disease Severity Scale

Archives of Neurology
Vol. 65 No. 11, November 2008

Rohit Bakshi, MD; Mohit Neema, MD; Brian C. Healy, PhD; Zsuzsanna Liptak, MD; Rebecca A. Betensky, PhD; Guy J. Buckle, MD; Susan A. Gauthier, DO; James Stankiewicz, MD; Dominik Meier, PhD; Svetlana Egorova, MD; Ashish Arora, MD; Zachary D. Guss, BA; Bonnie Glanz, PhD; Samia J. Khoury, MD; Charles R. G. Guttmann, MD; Howard L. Weiner, MD
Arch Neurol. 2008;65(11):1449-1453.


Background Individual magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) disease severity measures, such as atrophy or lesions, show weak relationships to clinical status in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Objective To combine MS-MRI measures of disease severity into a composite score.

Design Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data.

Setting Community-based and referral subspecialty clinic in an academic hospital.

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Half of Multiple Sclerosis Patients Fail Interferon Therapy

MedPageToday

By Judith Groch, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today
Published: November 10, 2008
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.



BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 10 -- Only eight of 15 relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients treated with interferon achieved and maintained a full response over three years, a small retrospective imaging study found.

Two of the seven non-responders went on to achieve an optimal response after initial failure, Francesca Bagnato, M.D., Ph.D., of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and colleagues reported online in Archives of Neurology.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

In a recent BOBBITT Newscast...


In a recent news broadcast, it was announced that Lorena Bobbitt's sister Louella
Was arrested for an alleged attempt to perform the same act on her husband
as her famous sister had done several years ago.
Sources reveal the sister was not as accurate as Lorena.

She allegedly missed the target and stabbed her husband in the upper
thigh causing severe muscle and tendon damage.
The husband is reported to be in serious, but stable
condition, and Louella has been charged with
.....
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Misdewiener!

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Tips to Manage Holiday Stress - From MS Lifelines

MS in Balance wants you to Live your Life in Full

Here are upcoming webevents that might interest you


Wednesday, 11/19 at 8:00pm ET
Featuring an MS expert and MS LifeLines® Ambassadors, this program will provide you with strategies to help defend against the excess of the season, including:
  • Establishing priorities
  • Sticking to a budget
  • Eating right
  • Getting plenty of downtime
Join us for an evening of lively conversation.
Save the date for our December Webevent!
Wednesday, 12/17 at 8:00pm ET
Join us as we review the hottest topics and most interesting audience questions from the year's webevent series.

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Neuron gene linked to multiple sclerosis: study

PhysOrg.com

Nov 9, 2008
A newly-discovered genetic flaw may lay the nervous system open to assault from the body's own immune system, leading to multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study published Sunday

In MS, the immune system attacks myelin, the fatty sheath that protects the cells of the central nervous system.

As a result, nerve signals get slowed or blocked, causing difficulties in movement and coordination, muscle weakness, cognitive impairment, slurred speech and vision problems. There is no known cure.

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ASKING for Assistance...

I am having some severe cognitive problems again..
Can't get on track, can't focus, can't think clearly. Can't Write my stories or blog posts.Can't figure out how to balance my checking account ...

and my freaking hand is having problems holding a pen and so therefore writing is no longer an easy thing to do...

Any suggestions?


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Sunday, November 9, 2008

"But you Don't Look Sick"

From Penny and Franine, this is something that you can each share with others whom you know.


"But you Don't Look Sick"
Is an often heard phrase
To those battling illness
Invisible most days…

Having an Invisible Illness
Makes life so much worse.
As we are prejudged, misunderstood,
Not believed, and/or cursed…

What we experience each day,
Fatigue, symptoms and pain,
Is really life altering,
And a huge, great big drain…

Doctors, prescriptions and treatments,
Are now part of our life,
Costing more than we have,
And causing trouble and strife…

Because we are "Normal" to look at,
At least most of the time,
People think it's Ok to treat us badly,
Or like we have committed a crime….

But the only crime we committed,
Was to get invisibly sick,
It just something that happened,
It's not our fault we feel Ick…

We didn't ask to be ill,
It wasn't something we did
Not something we didn't do,
We couldn't have hid…

It's just something that happened,
A totally random affair.
I am trying my hardest to treat it,
Of this I do swear…

But now you must realise,
That there is rarely a cure,
But we try what is recommended,
But each day there a fewer…

Please don't recommend
Any remedies and/or cures
If it worked then we'd know
Of this our doctors ensures…

Please don't think `cos I'm smiling,
That I am healthy and well,
It just means that I'm happy,
I can still be very unwell…

Happiness is just that,
A feeling of joy,
When you suffer long term,
You work hard to enjoy…

Don't tell me you understand or know what it's like,
Don't pity me or exclude me,
I know what my limitations are,
Please try to understand, that is my plea

So Please we all beg you,
Don't Judge us by looks,
But understand us and help us,
Don't treat us like Crooks…



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