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Saturday, May 7, 2011

I WALK BECAUSE (tm) ....

Acorda Therapeutics, the maker of Ampyra, has an organization called : "I Walk Because", which is featured at many National MS Society walks across the Country (USA). At these events, the staff films people who want to  discuss their MS or their affiliation with the National MS Society walks.

At a recent walk in Miami, I was asked to say a few words.
But before you click on the link found below, know that if were not for Susan Dorne ( a Board Member of the MS Views and News organization), we would not have had a team at this year's walk.

CLICK: http://www.iwalkbecause.org/walks/walk_videos.aspx?id=29&mid=131137


My thanks to Susan's desire to put together a walk team. I only wished I had said that in the video clip as well...




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Friday, May 6, 2011

"MS Evolving Management in the new Scenario" St.Petersburg, Russia - May 6-7, 2011


ROME, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Serono Symposia International Foundation will gather a team of leading international experts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) meeting on May 6-7 in St.Petersburg to attend the symposium "MS Evolving management in a new scenario" during the 2011 CME Annual Meeting in Multiple Sclerosis.




With the optimization of existing therapies and the introduction of new diagnostic tools and treatments, the environment in which MS is treated is changing rapidly and there have been substantial advances in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients. These innovations provide the possibility of improved clinical management, but may also present a challenge to physicians as they shape their practices for the benefit of their patients.

Therefore, when approaches evolve rapidly, continuous refinement of skills is required and this symposium aims at providing participants with a unique opportunity to debate practical issues and solutions that MS specialists will then be able to apply in this stimulating and evolving scenario. By attending the conference participants will be informed on new and improved diagnostic tools, get better skills to optimize interaction with patients, be updated on existing options to individualize treatment and discuss in an interactive setting practical issues and solutions aimed at improving outcomes.




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EMPLOYMENT and Insurance information for those with Multiple Sclerosis

Please explore our video library of MS Learn Online segments on this topic. Note that these videos are categorized into two types of segments. You may jump directly to your preferred segment type by clicking on one of the three links below.
Daily Minutes: Short informational clips about this topic, usually lasting around a minute or so.
Feature Presentations: More comprehensive coverage of a topic, usually featuring a variety of experts and/or perspectives. These are usually broken into 2-4 segments lasting 6-10 minutes each.

Daily Minutes - Employment & Insurance

Working with Cognitive Issues

Confidentially Disclosing MS Medicare and MS


Source: National MS Society's educational video series




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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ginkgo Biloba, Simvastatin Not Helpful in MS

HONOLULU – Ginkgo biloba and simvastatin were not helpful in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in separate randomized, placebo-controlled trials.
Treatment with ginkgo at 120 mg twice a day for 12 weeks produced no significant, short-term improvements in cognitive function in a study of 121 patients. The addition of simvastatin (Zocor) to interferon therapy for multiple sclerosis in a separate study did not significantly reduce the annualized relapse rate after 1-3 years, investigators reported at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.
    

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Ginkgo biloba produced no significant, short-term improvements in cognitive function in patients with multiple sclerosis.
A previous survey of patients with multiple sclerosis in Oregon found that 20% were using ginkgo, which contains antioxidants and platelet activator factor antagonists. A pilot trial conducted in 2009 by Dr. Jesus Lovera and associates suggested that these properties had a beneficial effect on attention and executive function as measured by the Stroop Color Word Test in patients with multiple sclerosis.
However, in the current trial of patients with multiple sclerosis in Portland, Ore., and Seattle, both the ginkgo and placebo groups improved average scores on a battery of neuropsychological tests.






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