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Saturday, August 20, 2011

How does a cognitive challenge effect postural balance in MS patients? A New Study


Posted by Lisa Emrich at Health Central.com

Have you ever caught yourself swaying a bit while you were deep in thought and using your brain power to work something out?  Do you trip just a little bit more when you walk and talk?  MS might be to blame. 
We know that balance control is affected by musculoskeletal and neuromuscular control (see What is the Romberg Test?).  Deficits in balance/postural control can be related to  impaired visual, vestibular, and somatosensory inputs to the central nervous system.  Recent published research shows that balance control also has a cognitive component.
A small study undertaken at the Ahvaz Jundishapur University (Khuzestan, Iran) showed that MS patients tend to sway more when tasked with a cognitive challenge as compared to their healthy, age-matched controls under varying circumstances. 
There were two group of patients included in this study.  Twenty-three MS patients (8 male and 15 female) who met the following criteria:
  • (1) a definite diagnosis of relapsing-remitting MS,
  • (2) ability to stand unassisted for at least 30 seconds,
  • (3) ability to walk 100 meters independently, and
  • (4) in remission. 

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Lesley reins in MS with her life-long passion


MS sufferer Lesley Smit aims to compete in the Paralympics. Picture: Matthew Poon  www.communitypix.com.au

9/Aug/2011
MS sufferer Lesley Smit aims to compete in the Paralympics. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au 
FOR horsewoman Lesley Smit, staying on a horse is no easy feat when Multiple Sclerosis throws out her balance.
The Stoneville resident and Midland Polytechnic West lecturer was diagnosed with the degenerative disease 15 months ago and was told she might never walk again.

But the 50-year-old has made a quick recovery and is now in training for the 2012 Equestrian Paralympic training squad.

Involved with horses since she was young, Ms Smit began riding at the Walliston Pony Club, before representing WA, becoming a trainer and competing in all events.

In January last year, the rider woke up with pins and needles. Six hours later she could no longer move her legs.

“After MS, my physical ability was affected. I’ve had to come to terms with learning to walk again and learning to coordinate,” she said.

“It took away virtually my right side. I’ve had to rearrange my time and health to be fit. 

“Fatigue is a big part of MS.


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Coping with childhood form of MS


Rare disease doesn’t stop Genck from her favorite activities

Published: Thursday, August 18, 2011 1:48 PM CDT
Chris Faulkner/MVM News Network

DONNELLSON – Looks can be deceiving.

Stephanie Genck walks with a limp because her left side has lost a lot of muscle use. Her speech is sometimes impaired. She sometimes has lapses of memory.

All are characteristics of Multiple Sclerosis, a disease of the muscles that affects people from their 20s to 40s. But Genck is 13, and she has Schilders Disease, a rare childhood form of MS.

Because of the apparent physical limitations the disease has caused so far, it seemed better to ask what activities she can still do (read? watch TV? surf the Net?) instead of what she can’t.

“I like horseback riding, four-wheel riding, jet skiiing and camping,” said Genck, without mentioning anything sedentary, and then added as an afterthought, “I like archery, too.”

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The Nonprofit 'Marijuana Ventures' of Montel Williams

August 16, 2011; Source: Washington Post |
One positive side effect of the medical use of marijuana may be that it gets its prominent users’ nonprofit juices flowing. Talk-show host Montel Williams is part of a nonprofit group, the Abatin Wellness Center, that has just filed for a license to operate a marijuana dispensary and cultivation facility in the District of Columbia. The Washington Post reports that earlier this year, Abatin opened a facility in Sacramento, California, with Williams as its “public face.”

Williams’ interest in medical marijuana is serious: he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Although in recent years Williams has recorded TV pitches for the Living Well Healthmaster blender, online payday lender Money Mutual, and security firm LifeLock, he is not “a spokesman-for-hire,” according to Jonathan Franks, the publicist for both Williams and Abatin. Many people also associate Williams with the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a single point of access to hundreds of public and private patient assistance programs.

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Stem Cell Therapeutics expands patent portfolio in US, Japan

Biotechnology company Stem Cell Therapeutics Corp (CVE:SSS) reported Thursday that both the U.S. and Japan patent offices have granted the company patents for drugs used to treat stroke and multiple sclerosis.
The company said the first patent granted by the U.S. patent office relates to the use of a pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), to treat patients with diseased or damaged heart cells.
Meanwhile, its second patent issued in Japan is for granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) to treat white matter disorders.
White matter disorders include demyelinating diseases that comprise of multiple sclerosis, acute disseminating encephalomyelitis, diffuse cerebral sclerosis, and spinal cord injury.
"The rapid succession of granted patents in both neurology and now cardiology is a welcome development for Stem Cell Therapeutics Corp,” the company said in a statement Thursday.


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