I appreciate what you are doing. My wife is quadriplegic, on a ventilator due to MS. Bedridden for 15 years.
I have hopes for stem cells and other possible cures. When I went to the site concerning the experiences in China with stem cell therapy, I noticed a pattern: generally enthusiastic praise for the treatment during and a few weeks after, followed by no further comments or a rare negative one on lack of progressw. The big improvements were to come within a few months and seem not to have occurred. We need to know the unvarnished truth, even if that diminishes the likelihood of a placebo effect.
Now I see other treatments being covered with a similar pattern: early this and early that.
Follow ups are needed!
Douglas W. Cooper, Ph. D.
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Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
We are at a critical juncture in the effort to overhaul and improve our nation's health care system. MS activists played an important role in shaping the process, from release of the Society's National Health Care Reform Principles to relentlessly making calls and sending emails to ensure that the legislation adequately supports those living with MS. As the Senate completes work on its health reform package, MS activists must rise to the occasion one more time. The Senate could vote as early as tomorrow--scroll down to email your Senators now. Urge your Senators to support the Senate health reform bill.
The Senate bill makes substantial investments that will improve the lives of people living with MS and other chronic conditions or disabilities. In line with the Society's Principles, the Senate bill:
People living with MS and other chronic conditions are particularly vulnerable in our current health care system. We need meaningful reform now.
Every vote counts. CLICK HERE, then Scroll down and take action now. Urge both of your Senators to support the health reform bill so that we can seize this historic opportunity and take a true step towards accessible, affordable, comprehensive, quality health care for all.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
National MS Society Continues to Propel Research Forward end MS - Launches 2010 With Call for Research Grants to Pursue CCSVI
2009 saw exciting research progress, unprecedented opportunities on the horizon, and more scientists than ever working on resolving important questions. Despite the year’s economic and financial challenges, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society continues to propel research forward to end MS.
New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB ) December 22, 2009 -- 2009 saw exciting research progress, unprecedented opportunities on the horizon, and more scientists than ever working on resolving important questions. Despite the year’s economic and financial challenges, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society continues to propel research forward to end MS. In 2009 the Society provided over $33.5 million to support 345 new and ongoing projects in its research portfolio, plus $1.5 million for Fast Forward, the Society’s drug development subsidiary which continues to attract new funding streams. In addition, thanks to the efforts of our MS activists, $5 million was specifically allocated for funding MS research out of the 2009 Department of Defense budget.
As 2009 comes to a close, the Society maintains its nimble pursuit of promising research opportunities to end MS and has issued an international call for grant applications to expeditiously examine the potential impact of the chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) hypothesis on disease process in MS. Working with MS Societies around the world, an international panel will be convened to conduct a joint expedited review of the grant applications submitted in order to ensure a coordinated, strategic approach to funding the best research examining the CCSVI hypothesis in 2010. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2206
The following is just a small sample of the many important, potentially high-impact research results that occurred during 2009, which support the Society’s three research goals: stopping MS, reversing the damage and restoring function, and ending MS forever.