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Saturday, February 5, 2011

MOOD CHANGES and MS



AN MS Learn Online Presentation

New Feature Presentations:


A video webcast series that explores...


  • The Healthy Role of Grieving 
  • Understanding Depression 
  • Diagnosing and Treating Depression 
  • Managing Anxiety 
  • Practical Ways of Dealing with Mood Swings 
  • Emotional Impact on Family 
  • Mental Health Professionals and Resources



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Michigan's Medicare cutoff battle brewing: 'I feel they wrote me off'

Feb 2011

The state's 1.5 million Medicare recipients, along with thousands of others insured by private plans, could get some relief under a lawsuit challenging the cutoff of physical and other therapies if patients cannot demonstrate improvement.

The problem particularly affects people with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, heart failure and Alzheimer's disease, among others.

Advocates for patients say the cutoffs are not warranted by Medicare regulations. The practice is often followed by private insurers, too, because they take their cue from Medicare.





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CCSVI and Multiple Sclerosis in Southern California

Pacific Interventionalists, we are currently scheduling patients for the CCSVI procedure as early as 7-10 days from today. In addition, most patients can have a confirmed day for their procedure within 24 to 48 hours by following  three easy steps:



  1. Review their CCSVI Patient Information which describes Pacific Interventionalists and CCSVI.
  2. Refer to their Frequently Asked Questions page (FAQ) for answers to most questions about Pacific Interventionalists and the CCSVI procedure.
  3. Complete the New CCSVI Patient Intake Form by clicking here or by clicking on the link at the bottom of their page.



Click here to watch a complete video of the CCSVI Procedure.

The physicians at Pacific Interventional are positioned to help treat any patient with the diagnosis of CCSVI.





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Friday, February 4, 2011

Expert Panel Publishes Findings on Benefits of Underutilized Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy for Severe Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis Patients


Consensus Paper Suggests Medtronic ITB Therapy is an Effective Treatment for Control of Severe Spasticity, a Frequent and Disabling Symptom of MS

MINNEAPOLIS – February 3, 2011 – A new scientific article has been published demonstrating the profound impact of spasticity on patients with multiple sclerosis and the benefits and underutilization of intrathecal baclofen (ITB) therapy from Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) as a treatment option for these patients. The paper, published this week as an OnlineFirst article in Multiple Sclerosis Journal,recommends physician evaluation of ITB therapy as a treatment option for patients at all clinical stages of MS who are intolerant of or unresponsive to oral spasticity therapies.

“Severe spasticity is a debilitating condition that can have a negative impact on quality of life of patients with MS.  While oral medications work to treat spasticity in some individuals, I see patients every day who can’t tolerate the side effects of large doses of medication necessary to treat the most severe cases,” said Mary Hughes, M.D., one of the article’s authors and chair, Division of Neurology, University Medical Group, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center in Greenville, S.C. “The strong collection of clinical results on the use of ITB therapy in MS patients points to a clear need for physicians to help MS patients control their spasticity and restore quality of life with options like ITB therapy, which is safe and effective in carefully selected patients.”

The expert panel of authors, including leading MS clinicians from the United States and Europe, combined has more than 100 years of experience in MS management and has treated more than 1,500 MS patients worldwide. The article includes a review of literature on ITB therapy for spasticity in MS and provides expert opinion of the panel regarding patient selection and management of ITB therapy in MS patients. Medtronic sponsored the panel’s meeting and paper development.

According to survey results within the research summary, 84 percent of patients with MS reported at least some symptoms of spasticity, with 30 percent reporting moderate to severe symptoms. Of the 13 percent of MS patients who may be candidates for ITB therapy, only 1 percent of patients stated they were receiving the therapy. However, current data indicate that ITB therapy effectively and significantly reduces severe spasticity in ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients with MS.

The expert panel noted that the main barrier to the use of ITB therapy is that many physicians do not present ITB as a therapeutic option that is safe, effective and well-tolerated. This often occurs due to a lack of physician understanding of quality of life issues caused by spasticity, potential ITB benefits and appropriate patient selection, as well as their focus on disease-modifying therapies rather than symptom control.

“This article is a very powerful analysis of the need for greater consideration of ITB therapy by clinicians who manage MS,” said Tom Tefft, senior vice president and president of the Neuromodulation business at Medtronic. “We are hopeful that this paper will encourage more physicians to offer the therapy to appropriate patients.”



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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Multiple Blessings, Not Multiple Sclerosis!

Have you ever considered that your MS just might bring a blessing? Consider the challenge as a blessing, an opportunity to grow in compassion, patience and grace.
 

Here you can share your prayers as well as request prayer for the challenges and circumstances of living with MS.

 Please, all entries should be for and/or by people with MS, their Friend, Family or Caregivers.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Keep S’myelin: A Fun Resource for Kids about MS


Keep S’myelin is a colorful, engaging, informative, and reassuring newsletter to help children and their parents talk and learn about MS together. Each issue is filled with stories, interviews, games, and activities that highlight a specific topic related to MS, as well as a special section just for parents.   

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Histamine can be an important molecule to develop new treatments for MS


Written By: ameilia on February 1, 2011

If you think histamines are your nemesis during allergy season, here’s something that might change your perspective. New research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows that histamine could be an important molecule to developing new treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS). In the study, the scientists analyzed the role of histamine in an animal model of multiple sclerosis and found that histamine plays a critical role in preventing MS or lessening its effects.


“We hope that our study will help design new therapies for autoimmune diseases and in particular MS, for which there is still not a definitive cure,” said Rosetta Pedotti, MD, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Neuroimmunology and Neuromuscular Disorders Unit at the Neurological Institute Foundation Carlo Besta in Milan, Italy.    Read More




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