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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Evergreen Neurologist Co-Authors Key Study on Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Cost


KIRKLAND, Wash., July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent study published in the peer-reviewed national medical journal, Neurology, found that common drugs used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) provide only modest health gains and come at a very high cost in the United States.  Local Evergreen Healthcare neurologist Dr. Lahar Mehta co-authored the study, which was based on research led by Dr. Katia Noyes of the University of Rochester in New York.

The study, "Cost-effectiveness of disease-modifying therapy for multiple sclerosis: A population based study," found that certain disease-modifying treatments (DMT) only give patients one to two more months of good health over a 10-year period but are exorbitantly expensive.  Researchers concluded that the price of the drugs would need to be reduced by 67 percent to be cost-effective and comparable to prices in other industrialized nations.

The study also pointed out that patients in the U.S. were paying close to three times more for one of the DMT drugs than those in the United Kingdom. There are currently between 250,000 and 350,000 people in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with MS, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

"Washington has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the nation," said Dr. Mehta, a neurologist at the MS Center in Evergreen's Neuroscience Institute. "At Evergreen, we have been ramping up our research program into this debilitating disease to find new and effective medications and to improve the quality of life for MS patients everywhere."


Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/27/3798731/evergreen-neurologist-co-authors.html#ixzz1Tc9PuUfE



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MS ADVOCACY 101 – How to Get Workplace Accomodations

Source: Movers and Shaker - from The MS Foundation



Many people with disabilities want to remain in the workforce. Often a small change in the work environment can make a huge difference. Perhaps you are in an older building which has no rails in the bathroom, or ramp beside stairs to enter. Perhaps you work in a warm environment that causes your symptoms to flair, but could be helped with a fan or other simple accomodation. With knowledge, you too can respectfully ask for corrections and stay at your current job.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the disabled – even in the workplace. The Act specifically brings the workplace into focus for those living – and working – with a disability. We all know how hard asking for help can be. But, knowing you have a right, if disabled, to expect “reasonable accommodations” in any workplace where there are 15 or more workers could help you stand up and speak out for yourself.
 




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Stay Cool: Reach Out for Air-Conditioning Help

Source : MS Foundation's Movers and Shakers



Keeping cool is especially important for people living with multiple sclerosis. If you are unable to afford an air-conditioning unit and you are disabled or elderly, The United Way may be able to help through their program called, “Medi-Cool.” The program is not available everywhere, and restrictions apply – but try!

Ask your local United Way: http://apps.liveunited.org/myuw/

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Advocate for Help With Your Medicine

Source: MS Foundation



Chronic Disease Fund® is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization helping patients with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions obtain the expensive medications they need.”

Are you, or someone you know, having a hard time getting and keeping your MS medicines?
Speak up and contact: http://www.cdfund.org/home.html



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Friday, July 29, 2011

MAJOR GLOBAL CLINICAL TRIAL: Scientists in the UK will test whether stem cells can be used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS)




Friday 29 July 2011
Scientists in the UK will test whether stem cells can be used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) in what is being described as a major new global clinical trial.
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The team, which will involve experts from British institutions, will investigate if cells can slow, stop and even reverse damage to the brain and spinal cord caused by MS.
The results will advance medical knowledge "by years", scientists say.
A spokesperson from the the MS Society toldChannel 4 News that within a few hours of announcing the trial, researchers on the study had been "bombarded" with applications by MS sufferers to be involved.
"Stem cells hold tremendous potential as a future treatment option for people with MS" -Simon Gillespie, MS Society
The £10m trial, involving up to 200 patients around the world, is due to start later this year and will last between three and five years.
MS is a disabling neurological condition affecting the central nervous system and symptoms include problems with mobility, eyesight and bladder control, pain, extreme fatigue and muscle stiffness.
Paolo Muraro, lead researcher on the study based at Imperial College, London, said: "This is the first time that researchers from around the world have come together to test stem cell therapies in MS in such a large-scale clinical trial.
"A trial of this scale would be impossible to run in one location which is why this type of collaboration is essential if we are to make progress in this field."
Researchers at trial sites in London and Edinburgh will harvest stem cells from the bone marrow of 13 trial participants, grow them in the laboratory and then re-inject them into the bloodstream.
The stem cells will make their way to the brain where it is thought they will repair the damage caused by MS - including targetting the "active" lesions, where damage is happening.
Scientists believe the new study will reduce the time taken to test whether stem cells could be a safe and effective treatment for people with MS by years, the MS Society said.
Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the charity, said: "Stem cells hold tremendous potential as a future treatment option for people with MS."
In recent years many people living with MS have been attracted to overseas stem cell clinics which claim to cure long-term conditions in exchange for large amounts of money.
However there is no proven stem cell therapy available for MS anywhere in the world.
It is hoped these new trials will eventually lead to a proven treatment and a reduction in the draw of overseas treatments.

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