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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Winnipeg-based clinic accused of 'pressuring' patients into overseas MS treatment (for CCSVI)


January 8, 2011 -
WINNIPEG — Tens of thousands of dollars have flowed from multiple sclerosis patients to a Winnipeg-based company that is now coming under fire for "pressuring" patients to fly to India for the headline-grabbing procedure known as liberation therapy.

And the CCSVI Clinic has now come to the attention of Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald, who had said she will be forwarding such concerns to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.
The CCSVI Clinic — which calls itself a non-profit group of physicians and researchers — recently had been acting as the Winnipeg-based referral agency for Mobile Life Screening, an ultrasound clinic in Fargo, North Dakota.

As part of that referral service, at least 100 patients were tested for chronic cerebrospinal venous insuffiency, or blocked veins in the head and neck that have been controversially linked to MS.
In mid-October, Winnipeg journalist and former CBC broadcaster Ingeborg Boyens was one of the first patients to get tested at Mobile Life Screening through the CCSVI Clinic.


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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Speech Disorders in MS


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Women With MS More Likely To Have MS-Related Gene, Than Men

January 6, 2011


Women who have multiple sclerosis(MS) are more likely to have a gene associated with multiple sclerosis than men with the disease and it is this gene region where environment interacts with the genetics, according to a study published in the January 5, 2011, online issue ofNeurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Research has shown that the number of people diagnosed with MS has been rising, and the rate has been rising faster for women than for men.



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Multiple Sclerosis Nursing Resource Guide


An array of online resources, featuring links, tools, guidelines, and evidence-based educational content, has been developed specifically for nurses who treat patients with MS.
Rockville, MD (PRWEB) January 6, 2011
CME Outfitters, LLC, an award-winning accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing education (CE), is proud to announce the immediate availability of the neuroscienceCME Nursing Resource Guide focusing on multiple sclerosis (MS). The Nursing Resource Guide is an array of online resources developed specifically for nurses who treat patients with MS. It features links, tools, guidelines, evidence-based educational content, and information on communicating with patients regarding prognosis, treatment options, and advocacy measures that can assist in providing high-level care to patients with MS.
neuroscienceCME is recognized as the premier portal for clinicians, educators, and researchers in the neurosciences seeking educational resources that can improve clinical performance and impact patient outcomes. The site’s primary mission is to be the professional’s central forum for accessing, debating, synthesizing, and implementing the latest findings and best practices in the neurosciences. In keeping with our mission, the Nursing Resource Guide provides:   CLICK TO READ MORE



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Traveling With Functional Limitations


Information provided by: Cherie C. Binns RN BS MSCN

By: Alina Perez, J.D. and John A. Valentine, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University Health Administration Program

A week ago we were having dinner with a friend. He was all excited about his travel plans and his decision to take his new electric scooter on the plane with him. Since this would be the first time taking the scooter on the plane, he assumed that the airline would have to accommodate him and his scooter and everything would "fly" soft and smooth. What he did not realize was that air travel for the disabled is not as protected as many people think.

Some airlines have outright stopped disabled travelers from flying, while others have made them follow such requirements as sitting close to the bathroom when their limitations became apparent to the flight crew. In addition to such problems as bathroom facilities that are still not fully accessible to the disabled, other problems can occur with the airlines. Complaints of disabled travelers missing their connecting flights because of inadequate help continue, and complaints of damaged wheelchairs by inappropriate handling remain too frequent.

For individuals who feel that they have been mistreated or discriminated against while traveling on an air carrier because of any functional limitation, some agencies or attorneys specialized in the investigation of discrimination against people with disabilities may be able to offer some help. However, this can be a time consuming and expensive process.
 
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Opexa readies for late-stage MS drug studies, using patient's own cells

Jan 5, 2011


(AP:THE WOODLANDS, Texas) Opexa Therapeutics Inc. said Wednesday it is preparing to start a late-stage clinical trial of Tovaxin, a multiple sclerosis treatment that uses cells from the patient's body to fight the disease.

The company said it met with the Food and Drug Administration twice after finishing midstage testing of Tovaxin, and now knows what the FDA expects from a late-stage study. That makes it more likely the FDA will approve the drug if the trial is successful. Opexa did not disclose specifics about the trial, but said its plans are partly based on data showing that Tovaxin was effective in reducing MS relapses patients who had not been treated with any other therapies except steroids.

Opexa and the FDA discussed the design of the trial, the types of patients to be selected, and improvements to the manufacturing process for the drug.

Tovaxin is designed to train each patient's immune system to fight a particular type of white blood cell that is involved in multiple sclerosis. The vaccine is made by drawing blood from a patient and isolating specific types of T-cells. The cells are then expanded and irradiated so they cannot divide and reproduce. Patients take the drug in a series of five injections. The first four are given one month apart, and the fifth is given two months later.



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