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Friday, February 25, 2011

Researchers Publish Results Settling Multiple Sclerosis Debate: Findings Support Therapeutic Approach For Common Form Of MS



In an effort to develop therapeutic remedies for multiple sclerosis, scientists debate two possible interventional approaches - but they're on opposite sides of the spectrum. Researchers at Wayne State University's School of Medicine, however, have reached a definitive conclusion as to which approach is correct, putting an end to a long-disputed issue.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It Appears that A program to help people with illness and disabilities to stay in their homes is too costly


Long-Term Care Needs Changes, Officials Say
By Robert Pear - February 21, 2011


WASHINGTON — One of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s legacies in the new health care law, intended to allow the chronically ill and people with disabilities to continue living in their homes, is too costly to survive without major changes, Obama administration officials now say.

Republican lawmakers, who have vowed to repeal the health care law, cite the administration’s acknowledgment as yet another reason to do so. But the health and human services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, says the law gives her plenty of authority to make the necessary changes to the program without Congressional action.
To make the program viable, Ms. Sebelius said, she is considering changes in the eligibility criteria, including employment and earnings requirements, to ensure that only active workers may enroll. She also said she favored adjusting premiums to rise with inflation.
Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa and chairman of the Senate health committee, encouraged the administration to make any changes that might be required to keep the program fiscally sound, so “no one with a disability will be forced to live in an institution.”
Under the current law, the program will allow workers 18 and older to buy insurance from the government to cover the costs of long-term care. After paying premiums for at least five years, they are then eligible for benefits if they become unable to perform basic activities of daily living because of chronic illness or crippling injury. The program is meant for people with severe disabilities who want to live in the community, though benefits can also be used to help pay for nursing home care or assisted living.
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Multiple sclerosis, CCSVI and Balloon angioplasty


With the eagerly anticipated research studies on the role of CCSVI in Multiple Sclerosis, andclinical trials evaluating balloon angioplasty as a treatment for CCSVI and Multiple Sclerosisunderway, there finally seems to be a positive step in the direction of this controversial therapy. One which many Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients and caregivers have anxiously been waiting for a medical verdict on.
Indeed the technique has started to be called “Liberation Therapy” by many in the Multiple Sclerosis community.
Multiple Sclerosis, widely thought to be an autoimmune disease, although it hasn’t been proven as such, is a chronic disabling neurological disease that attacks the Central Nervous System which is made up of brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.
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