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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Component of common cough medicine may help treat multiple sclerosis



Who knows? It might be something this simple?..





UC Davis investigators find dextromethorphan improves symptoms in animal models
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A drug widely used in over-the-counter cough medicines appears to protect against symptoms of multiple sclerosis, a finding that could offer a new and inexpensivetherapy for a condition with few effective treatment options, a study by UC Davis researchers has found.


In tests using animal models, the drug, dextromethorphan, was found to significantly reduce the loss of the fatty sheath (or myelin) surrounding nerve fibers in the central nervous system and to minimize the development of paralysis during multiple sclerosis attacks.

The study is available online in the journal Neurobiology of Disease.

“This finding provides an exciting opportunity to better understand the disease and to pursue a new treatment strategy with a drug that is widely available, inexpensive and known to be safe,” said Wenbin Deng, principal investigator of the study and assistant professor of cell biology and human anatomy at UC Davis.


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Friday, July 8, 2011

New Oral Drugs Hailed for Treating MS




(HealthDay News) -- For decades, research into treatments for multiple sclerosis has plodded forward, making slow but significant gains in improving the lives of people with the degenerative nerve disorder.
That steady but slow pace made the speed at which progress occurred in the past year nearly breathtaking, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving a number of new breakthrough drugs for people with MS.
Nicholas LaRocca, vice president of health-care delivery and policy research for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said that 2010 was "an unprecedented year for MS, both in terms of the many developments that are in the pipeline as well as drugs that have come to market."
The new medications broke new ground not only through the therapy they provide but also in the way they are administered. The drugs can be taken orally, a break from past MS treatments that had to be given by either injection or IV.
They include:
  • Gilenya (fingolimod), the first oral medication designed to reduce relapses and delay the progression of MS.
  • Ampyra (dalfampridine), the first drug approved to treat a specific symptom of MS -- in this case, improving people's ability to walk.
  • Nuedexta, a two-drug combination designed to treat people with MS who have lost emotional control because of a symptom known as pseudobulbar affect, a severe emotional consequence of the disorder that causes uncontrollable laughing or crying.
Other oral therapies are in the pipeline. One now under FDA review is cladribine, a drug aimed at reducing relapses that could further improve convenience for people with MS, LaRocca said.


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Thursday, July 7, 2011

An MS Patients' Story - Stu's Updated story



For a change of Pace, allow me to give a brief essay concerning me and my MS 


How I first find out about my MS:
Diagnosed in 1998
For many years and especially during business trips, my body succumbed to the unknown. Unknown then, by the doctors, and unknown to me of my family, as to why I always felt drained when traveling (mainly for business) to far from exotic locations such as the industrial areas of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and other countries of Central America and also the Southern USA. I often had problems with what was classified as Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, tired eyes, anxiety and migraines. I was often told that I was travelling too much and that maybe the constant stress and strain of this travel was making me feel poorly. Finally, after years of these smaller issues, I returned from a trip with the better portion of the right side of my body not working. I felt stiff and paralytic. And the left side of my face began drooping with Bell's Palsy. Then, we knew something was really wrong......

Emotions that I first experienced when first diagnosed with MS:

I was dumbfounded because I did not know what MS was. My wife mentioned that her ex-mother-in-law has MS. She also mentioned that Annette Funicello and Richard Pryor had been diagnosed with MS. I thought it was impossible for me to have this too... and so, I began doing my research.

How my outlook changed today, regarding my MS:

As I mention at the end of each speaking engagement, I was once known as an Abrasive, Arrogant, Obnoxious, Salesperson. NOW, I am simply known as an Abrasive, Arrogant, Obnoxious Humanitarian....

Types of things/activities I do to help me live with MS:

I help to satisfy the needs of "others" affected by MS. I help them by educating them, and in turn this helps me. Thousands are educated by me each day and hopefully this will be able to continue.

What activities I do in my free time:

I enjoy gardening, I used to fish (but I need a new fishing partner), I used to golf (but I need a new golf partner. I enjoy meeting with friends, and sightseeing.

What I would say to someone who just found out they had MS:

I would say that they are lucky to be in the age that they are and coming onto the MS Scene now. There are so many options available to them. I would tell them that I can meet with them and or with their families to discuss how MS is not a life-stopper but a life moderator. I would help them learn to moderate their life and be willing to discuss options for managing their MS.
Regards,
Stuart Schlossman - RRMS



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Multiple Sclerosis Not Aided by Breast-Feeding



Posted by Alex Heigl on July 6, 2011


Multiple sclerosis relapses cannot be staved off by breast-feeding.   Researchers working at the University of Florence found no support for prior studies connecting breast-feeding with lower disease activity for women with MS.   Rather, they found that women who were more sick tended not to breast-feed, leading to the conclusion that the prior findings were skewed: breast-feeding mothers had fewer relapses because they were healthier.   "Breast-feeding should not be encouraged as a protective factor without an accurate evaluation of the specific patient characteristics," Dr. Emilio Portaccio, lead author and neurologist in the university's department of neurology, told HealthDay News.   


Portaccio noted that the findings suggest that nursing may not be possible for women "with high disease activity."    MS, a progressive autoimmune disorder characterized by deterioration in physical coordination, affects about 400,000 people in the United States. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men, and symptoms can vary wildly for one person to another, according to the National Sclerosis Society.   However, the disease can go into remission, occasionally for long periods of time. Flare-ups during pregnancy are rare, though Portaccio said that the reason why is not fully understood.  


 Dr. Fred Lublin, a neurologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, told HealthDay News that the findings are "in line with what one might expect." Healthier women tend to breast-feed, he said.   The study "did not resolve the issue of breast-feeding," Lublin continued.   "These studies are all observational and it's hard to draw a conclusion of cause and effect from an observational study."
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