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Saturday, November 20, 2010

CCSVI update: Lack of followup deplored after MS death


'I was told that no, I would not get a referral,' MS patient says

Last Updated: Friday, November 19, 2010  - CBC News

Some Canadians who've left the country for a controversial multiple sclerosis treatment remain frustrated by what they consider a lack of medical support after an Ontario man died following the procedure.

CBC News reported Thursday that Mahir Mostic, 35, of St. Catharines died on Oct. 19, one day after doctors in Costa Rica tried to dissolve a blood-clot complication following the vein-opening procedure.



He first went to the Central American country in June to have a mesh stent inserted to prop open a vein in his neck in hopes it would relieve symptoms of his fast-moving form of MS.


But after Mostic returned to Canada, his MS became worse and a blood clot formed around the stent.


Dr. Marcial Fallas of Clinica Biblica in San Jose, who cared for Mostic both times, thinks the powerful medication used to dissolve the clot triggered internal bleeding.

Fallas said he has performed the procedure 300 times, but Mostic's was the only time he used a stent. On Friday, Fallas said he wouldn't try a stent again unless it is proven to work specifically in neck veins.

Stents are approved for use in arteries, not veins.


Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/11/19/multiple-sclerosis-mostic-death-ccsvi.html#ixzz15pLt2cVK



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Friday, November 19, 2010

Winter Reminders for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis


Winter Reminders
By Cherie C. Binns RN BS MSCN

As cooler weather approaches, some of us with MS will feel a burden lifted as heat no longer pulls us down.   There will be increased energy.   We think more clearly and can be more active.  If you are one that experiences this change in season in this manner, go for it.   Do those projects you’ve been putting off, make those vacation or mini vacation plans, get outside and enjoy the crisp cool air Fall has to offer.

However, it is only a matter of a few weeks before the shortened days, minimal hours of available daylight and even colder temperatures drive many of us inside.   For some, this begins a seemingly unending time of darkness, low energy, mood changes, difficulty sleeping and generally feeling less happy with ourselves and our lot in life.





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Potential New Multiple Sclerosis Treatment

CU Study Hints at Potential New Multiple Sclerosis Treatment
 (2010-11-18)
 (KUNC) - Research at the University of Colorado Boulder may lead to a drug that would address both the pain and paralysis of multiple sclerosis, or MS.

The obvious symptoms of MS are tremors and paralysis. But the majority of people with MS also suffer from chronic pain, for which there are currently no available drugs, says Linda Watkins, a distinguished professor of Neuroscience at CU. So her team set out to test chronic pain treatments and what they found exceeded their expectations.

"What was surprising was that they had such dramatic effects on arresting and reversing paralysis as well," says Watkins.



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CCSVI UPDATE: Ont. man dies after MS vein opening

CBC News:


An Ontario man with multiple sclerosis died of complications after a controversial treatment in Costa Rica to open up his neck veins, CBC News has learned.
Mahir Mostic, 35, of St. Catharines died on Oct. 19, one day after doctors in the Central American country tried to dissolve a blood-clot complication.


"We didn’t find exactly what happened with Mahir, but I mean it was very terrible story for us," vascular surgeon Dr. Marcial Fallas of Clinica Biblica in San Jose said Thursday.
"He was a person that was looking [for] some way to improve his life. He found that for a short period of time his life improved."

After Mostic paid $30,000 US to go to Costa Rica for treatment in late June, he was operated on three times to have a mesh stent inserted to prop open a vein in his neck.


Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/11/18/multiple-sclerosis-vein-death-costa-rica-mostic.html#ixzz15lEs6I7Y




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The Swank MS Foundation


The Foundation Today

•           The Swank MS Foundation is a non-profit organization providing web based support to people with MS and their families and friends.

•           There are nearly 2,000 members who regularly use the web-site for advice, recipes, support and to help others.

•           The membership is world-wide and provides a unique forum for those seeking information about management of MS through diet and lifestyle.

•           High quality vitamin supplements are available from Douglas Labs through the web-site, www.swankmsdiet.org

•           The foundation is cooperating with Iverson Genetic
            Diagnostics who are working on genomic research on MS.

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Multiple Sclerosis: An Overview in Pictures

Top Story 
Multiple Sclerosis:
An Overview in Pictures

In the dark when it comes to MS?
Pictures help complete the story.
MS Basics to the Complex



Click on the slides and then read the description top right 

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - as described in Merck Manuals


In multiple sclerosis, patches of myelin and underlying nerve fibers in the eyes, brain, and spinal cord are damaged or destroyed.
  • The cause is unknown but may involve an attack by the immune system against the body's own tissues (autoimmune reaction).
  • Usually, periods of relatively good health alternate with episodes of worsening symptoms.
  • People may have vision problems and abnormal sensations, and movements may be weak and clumsy.
  • Usually, doctors base the diagnosis on symptoms and results of a physical examination and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Treatment includes corticosteroids, drugs that help keep the immune system from attacking the body, and drugs to relieve symptoms.
  • Often, the disorder slowly worsens, disabling some people, but life span is unaffected unless the disorder is very severe.
The term “multiple sclerosis” refers to the many areas of scarring (sclerosis) that result from destruction of the tissues that wrap around nerves (myelin sheath). This destruction is called demyelination. Sometimes the nerve fibers that send messages (axons) are also damaged. Over time, the brain may shrink in size because axons are destroyed.
In the United States, about 400,000 people, mostly young adults, have multiple sclerosis. Most commonly, it begins between the ages of 20 and 40. It is more common among women. Most people have periods of relatively good health (remissions) alternating with periods of worsening symptoms (flare-ups or relapses). Relapses can be mild or debilitating. Recovery during remission is good but incomplete. Thus, the disorder worsens slowly over time.
Causes
The cause unknown, but a likely explanation is that people are exposed early in life to a virus (possibly a herpesvirus or retrovirus) or some unknown substance that somehow triggers the immune system to attack the body's own tissues (autoimmune reaction—see Autoimmune Disorders).The autoimmune reaction results in inflammation, destruction of myelin, and damage to the myelin sheath and the underlying nerve fiber.
Heredity seems to have a role in multiple sclerosis. About 5% of people with the disorder have a brother or sister who is affected, and about 15% have a close relative who is affected. Also, multiple sclerosis is more likely to develop in people with certain genetic markers on the surface of their cells called human leukocyte antigens (see Biology of the Immune System: Recognition). These markers help the body to distinguish self from nonself and thus know which substances to attack.



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Congenital Abnormalities and Multiple Sclerosis

BMC Neurology 2010, - Nov 16, 2010

ABSTRACT :

Background

There is a strong maternal parent-of-origin effect in determining susceptibility to multiple sclerosis (MS). One hypothesis is that an abnormal intrauterine milieu leading to impaired fetal development could plausibly also result in increased susceptibility to MS. A possible marker for this intrauterine insult is the presence of a non-fatal congenital anomaly.

Methods

We investigated whether or not congenital anomalies are associated with MS in a population-based cohort. We identified 7063 MS index cases and 2655 spousal controls with congenital anomaly information from the Canadian Collaborative Project on Genetic Susceptibility to MS (CCPGSMS).

Results

The frequency of congential anomalies were compared between index cases and controls. No significant differences were found.

Conclusions

Congenital anomalies thus do not appear to be associated with MS. However, we did not have complete data on types and severity of congenital anomalies or on maternal birth history and thus this study should be regarded as preliminary.

This article appeared here, at BioMed Central.com






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