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Saturday, January 22, 2011

MS sufferer is ‘transformed’ by liberation treatment


Saturday, 22 January, 2011 

Jayne Morrow from Ilfracombe says her life has improved dramatically since taking a radical new treatment.
 
AN Ilfracombe woman says her life has been transformed after she travelled to Bulgaria to undergo a radical new treatment for multiple sclerosis.
 
The North Devon Gazette reported last year how MS sufferer Jayne Morrow, 42, had pinned her hopes on a pioneering “liberation treatment” which challenged established medical thinking on the debilitating condition.
 
In 2009 Italian doctor Paulo Zamboni claimed MS was caused by blockages to veins which connect to the brain, not a problem with the immune system – and he could remove many symptoms by re-opening veins using a straightforward angioplasty procedure.
 
Jayne was diagnosed with MS three years ago and was keen to raise awareness both of it and the possibility of an effective treatment. She had called on the NHS to recognise it and the benefits it brought.
 
MS causes extreme fatigue, numbness, loss of coordination, problems with vision and speech.
 
The mum of three said she could not wait for the wheels of medical bureaucracy to turn and in November she and husband David travelled to Varna in Bulgaria through Bulgaria Medical Tourism where she underwent CCSVI (chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency) treatment at one of the city’s main hospitals.
 
Keyhole
 
A scan in Edinburgh and another in Bulgaria showed one of the veins in Jayne’s neck was kinked and restricting blood supply. The keyhole procedure involved inserting a tube through a vein in her leg and then using a balloon to expand the faulty vein.
 
Jayne was awake throughout and told the Gazette the treatment had been no worse than a trip to the dentist.
 
And she could not believe the difference afterwards:   CLICK HERE to continue







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EU Rejects two MS Medications from reaching the European Market

January 21, 2011


Both, Biogen-Acorda's Fampyra, click here to review related stories


and Merck's MS Oral Pill, click here for available stories,


were both rejected earlier this week.









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Friday, January 21, 2011

The first pill for multiple sclerosis (MS) could be available in the UK within a "few months".

Jan 21, 2011



European experts have recommended that regulators give the green light to Gilenya, paving the way to an EU-wide licence.
Swiss-based pharmaceutical company Novartis, which manufactures the drug, said a licence allowing Gilenya to be marketed in the UK was expected "in the next few months".
The drug, already sold in the US and Russia, provides the first daily pill alternative to injected MS treatments.
The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), made up of experts from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), on Friday recommended that the EU regulator approve the drug.



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Thursday, January 20, 2011

ISET: No Consensus on MS Theory (CCSVI)


The Information found below was provided to me by Jason K., from Canada


By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today
Published: January 17, 2011

MIAMI BEACH -- Neurologists and endovascular interventionalists may be edging closer to agreement on how to evaluate the controversial vascular theory of multiple sclerosis, but important gaps still appear to divide the two groups.

That was the upshot of a panel discussion held here Monday at the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET), featuring the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America's (MSAA) chief medical officer -- a neurologist -- along with several representatives of the interventional community and a patient advocate for more aggressive study of the theory.

Like North and South Korea glaring at each other across the demilitarized zone, relations between neurologists and endovascular interventionalists have become tense over the theory that obstructions in the jugular vein disrupt blood outflow in the brain, leading to the nervous-system inflammation characteristic of MS.

Although the theory isn't new, the current furor began in late 2008 when Italian researchers claimed they found "chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency," or CCSVI, in nearly every MS patient they studied, and that venous angioplasty (with stenting in some patients) reduced or eliminated signs of the disease in many of them.

Although many neurologists were deeply skeptical, MS patients who heard about the results rushed to their physicians by the thousands to demand the treatment. Many found vascular specialists who would accommodate them -- if not in the U.S., then in Poland, Mexico, Costa Rica, and India.

Many patients -- including panel member Sharon Richardson, who now leads an advocacy organization for the procedure -- have reported that the treatments helped them. But there have also been widely publicized failures, including a Canadian MS patient who died in Costa Rica in November following jugular vein angioplasty, which apparently ruptured the vessel and caused him to bleed out.

Neurologists cited the episode as a reason for patients and physicians to be more cautious, while advocates of the theory saw the neurologists themselves as the villains, because they had made it difficult for patients to receive the procedure closer to home.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tysabri Vs. Novantrone. Which is right for you?



Some people can't or don't want to take the CRAB drugs. 
For some, there is Tysabri.
Others are excited about the new oral med, Gilenya.
For many, though, good ol' Novantrone has helped immensely.


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While many of the symptoms of MS and PML are similar, there are also important differences...



From Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D.,
your Guide to Multiple Sclerosis



As I mentioned last week, some of the symptoms of MS and PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy) overlap, which could lead to a delayed diagnosis of PML. However, there are differences in the "typical" course of PML and an MS relapse, in terms of type of symptom and severity. If you are taking Tysabri, keep this list handy for reference.

This week, I am also asking for a little help from those of you who use wheelchairs and scooters. Regardless of how long you have been using your device, I bet most of you can remember some of the more intense emotional and physical challenges that you faced at the beginning. There are people that are facing those challenges right now as they consider making the move to a wheelchair or scooter - a couple of words of wisdom, encouragement or empathy could work wonders in many people's lives. Take care of yourselves, my friends.

PML SYMPTOMS


Balance problems? Fatigue? Weakness? These symptoms probably sound all too familiar to anyone living with multiple sclerosis (MS), as these are just a couple of the many MS symptoms that we live with. However, they are also some of the symptoms of PML - progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy - the dangerous brain infection that is associated with use of Tysabri.






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