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Friday, July 15, 2011

Workouts help MS sufferers stay flexible and strong



July 2011

It's more than 100 degrees outside, and even though extreme heat leaves Melissa May Yelvington limp, she walks through the gym door.

The 63-year-old has multiple sclerosis, a disease that attacks the nervous system, distorting and interrupting the impulses that travel from her brain to the rest of her body.

Eighteen months ago, Yelvington's independence was diminishing; she couldn't stand up or sit without assistance.

But today, she gingerly lowers herself to a chair at Creek's Gym in Palm Desert. She shares a laugh with other clients of ACT for MS, a nonprofit organization that provides two personal training sessions a week to those with various degrees of disability from the disease.


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Experts Discuss Topics of Interest in MS Care - Listen with Expert Audiocasts



Please visit the MS Comprehensive Care Web site www.ms.neurologyreviews.com, a multimedia resource for MS professionals. In collaboration with the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), our newest educational feature is an ongoing series of audiocasts from leading experts in MS. 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Study: Bone Health is a Concern in Early MS




Jul 12, 2011
Researchers report that low bone mass was more prevalent among people newly diagnosed with MS, or those with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS, a first episode of MS-like symptoms), than among controls without MS. The risk of bone loss had been known for people with MS, but this study shows that it can occur very early, even before MS has been diagnosed. Stine Marit Moen, MD, and colleagues at Oslo University Hospital report their findings in Neurology (2011;77:151-157). 
The team measured bone density in several areas and the total body in 99 people newly diagnosed with MS, or those with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS, a first episode of MS-like symptoms), compared to 159 controls without MS. They also administered a questionnaire concerning risk factors for osteoporosis (a disease that causes bones to thin). More than half of the people with MS or CIS had low bone mass, compared with 37.1% of controls, and low bone mass remained significantly lower in the spine and hip even after adjusting for other possible risk factors. 
The authors conclude that this study “calls for an active approach to optimize bone health in early stages of MS.” 
Read more details of this study in a press release from the American Academy of Neurology. 
Read more about osteoporosis and MS and how you can build bone health
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Questcor Eyes More Conditions for Core Drug Acthar (ACTH) - for Multiple Sclerosis and other medical conditions



Approved for Two Types of Rare Cases Beyond MSBy VITA REED  -Anaheim-based Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. plans to market its Acthar drug for a wider range of medical conditions that are difficult to treat, according to its chief executive.
Acthar now is primarily used to treat flare-ups of multiple sclerosis, a neuromuscular disease that gradually causes the loss of physical functions.
Questcor also sells Acthar for a number of less common conditions, including a rare form of kidney disease and infantile spasms, a potentially fatal form of epilepsy.
Questcor’s “strategy is very straightforward—it’s just to grow sales in each of these markets and then add other markets,” Questcor Chief Executive Don Bailey said.
In all, Acthar is approved for 19 conditions, Bailey said during a recent presentation at a healthcare conference put on by investment bank Jefferies & Co.
Bailey, who describes Questcor as “a little bit of a different pharmaceutical company,” talked about key markets such as multiple sclerosis flares.
Acthar is used in multiple sclerosis patients who don’t respond to traditional steroid treatment for flares.
It’s not a first-line treatment because of its price. A treatment regimen with Acthar costs $40,000 to $50,000 prior to rebates, Bailey said.
Steroids, which are a first treatment for multiple scleroris flares, are much cheaper.
The “serious, difficult-to-treat” nature of diseases that Acthar is used for “is just the hand we were dealt and we’re going where it takes us,” Bailey said.
The upside, according to Bailey: difficult-to-treat diseases tend to have little or no competition.
Another strong point is the manufacturing process for Acthar, which is made from the pituitary glands of pigs and is makes it hard for generic drug makers to replicate.
Investors haven’t been concerned about Questcor’s focus on a single drug—its shares are up some 60% from the start of 2010. It had annual sales of about $115 last year and a recent market value of about $1.5 billion.
Questcor is “sitting on over $100 million in cash, and we’re debt-free,” Bailey said.
The drug maker moved its headquarters from the Bay Area to Orange County about a year ago.
Bailey, a Yorba Linda resident who became chief executive in 2006, had grown tired of commuting.

Biolase Settles
Biolase Technology Inc., an Irvine-based dental laser company, reached a final settlement deal with Royal Philips Electronics NV of the Netherlands and its Discus Dental LLC unit.
Discus, which was based in Culver City and was bought by Philips last year, sued Biolase in 2010. It alleged that Biolase’s iLase device violated patents covering Discus’ dental lasers.
Under the settlement, all claims against Biolase were dropped and dismissed with prejudice, meaning the courts are unlikely to reconsider the matter.
The deal also allows Biolase to continue selling iLase without any interruption. Philips is going to receive a nominal, undisclosed payment, most of which will be paid by Biolase’s insurer.
Biolase is “very pleased” to have reached a settlement, Chief Executive Federico Pignatelli said in a statement.
The lawsuit was an “unnecessary distraction to our current management team,” Pignatelli said.
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