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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Basic Multiple Sclerosis Information

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex disease. Learn more about basic information, including types, causes, risk factors, prevalence, prognosis and relapses or exacerbations.

Am I More Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s if I Have MS?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer's disease are both neurological disorders. People with MS often wonder if they are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than the general population. Learn the answer here.

What Is the Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease and MS?

While multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer's disease are both neurological disorders, they have different mechanisms of action, different causes and different symptoms and levels of severity.
Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) get MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans at least annually, if not more often. Fortunately, there is no radiation exposure during an MRI scan, unlike other test, such as CT scans or X-rays.

Smoking Increases Risk for Developing Multiple Sclerosis

People who ever smoked have a higher risk for developing multiple sclerosis (MS). This risk is increased more in people who started smoking at a young age or who are heavy smokers.

Smoking Makes Multiple Sclerosis Worse

Smoking has been shown to increase risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), but until recently, the impact of smoking on MS disability and progression was unknown. Research now shows that smoking speeds progression from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis to secondary-progressive MS.

What Do We (People With Multiple Sclerosis) Want To Be Called?

As people with multiple sclerosis (MS) we are often referred to as MS "sufferers" or "victims." What should we call people with MS?

Racial Differences in Multiple Sclerosis

White Americans are more likely to get multiple sclerosis (MS), but African Americans experience more severe symptoms from MS. This is despite the fact that black Americans are diagnosed sooner after experiencing symptoms and start treatment with disease-modifying therapy sooner after diagnosis.

MS Diagnosis "Red Flags"

A multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis can be tricky, as symptoms are common with other diseases and are often vague. However, there are certain characteristics of patients or their symptoms that should make doctors investigate causes other than MS.

Evoked Potentials for Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

Evoked potential tests measure how long it takes for stimulation of different nerves to reach the brain and how big the response is.

Headache as a Side Effect of Lumbar Punctures

Headaches are the most common side effect of lumbar punctures, also called spinal taps. While painful and frightening, these headaches can be treated quickly and successfully.

Who Develops Secondary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis?

Secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) is diagnosed in about half of people who originally had relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), although disease-modifying drugs may change these statistics. Learn about some signs that RRMS may become SPMS.

What Are the Usual Symptoms of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis?

Primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) is usually characterized by gradually worsening of the ability to walk. However, for a small minority of people, the main symptoms are tremor and problems with balance.

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