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Saturday, November 19, 2011

MS Treatments: Understanding Your Options AND Disease Modifying Therapies, part one and part two


MS Learn Online is the National MS Society's online educational webcast series. Transcripts (.pdf format) and podcasts (.mp3 audio format) are available for most programs.

Current Feature Presentation

MS Treatments: Understanding Your Options

Featuring Dr. Benjamin Segal, Dr. George Kraft, Dr. Aliza Ben-Zacharia, and Dr. Susan Bennett
Downloads: Transcript (.pdf)  Podcast (.mp3)

MS Treatments: Disease Modifying Therapies, part one

Featuring Dr. Benjamin Segal, Dr. George Kraft, Dr. Aliza Ben-Zacharia, and Dr. Susan Bennett
Downloads: Transcript (.pdf)  Podcast (.mp3)

MS Treatments: Disease Modifying Therapies, part two

Featuring Dr. Benjamin Segal, Dr. George Kraft, Dr. Aliza Ben-Zacharia, and Dr. Susan Bennett
Downloads: Transcript (.pdf)  Podcast (.mp3)


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Know the signs and symptoms your doctor will look for in examining you for Multiple Sclerosis

HOW IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS DIAGNOSED?



Medically reviewed by Ed Zimney, MD



What makes multiple sclerosis so difficult to diagnose?
Besides the fact that no single test can detect the disease, MS symptoms can mimic those of a number of other conditions, and they can change over time. Symptoms can also vary from person to person — and from day to day in the same person.
Here’s what you should know.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Some early symptoms of MS are:
  • Numbness or tingling in parts of the body, usually an arm or leg
  • Unexplained weakness, dizziness and fatigue
  • Blurry vision, double vision or blindness
Other symptoms include:
  • Muscle spasms
  • Impairment of the sense of touch and the ability to feel temperature changes and pain
  • Problems with balance and coordination
  • Tremor
  • Slurred speech
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Depression
  • Mild difficulties with concentration, attention, memory and poor judgment
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Heat sensitivity
To diagnose the disease, healthcare providers use a number of tools and tests that often help rule out other possible causes.
Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis: Tools and Tests



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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Vitamin D warning: Too much can harm your heart


By msnbc.com contributor -  Nov 16, 2011




When it comes to the heart, vitamin D can be a double-edged sword.
Scientists have long known that low levels of the nutrient can hurt the heart, but new research shows that higher than normal levels can make it beat too fast and out of rhythm, a condition called atrial fibrillation, according to a report presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association.
The study, which followed 132,000 patients at a Utah based medical center, found that the risk of newly developed atrial fibrillation jumped almost three-fold when blood levels of vitamin D were high.
Most people get at least some of their daily needs of vitamin D from sunlight. But in cold northern climates where everyone bundles up for the winter -- inadvertently blocking rays that raise the body’s vitamin D levels  -- people are often encouraged to take supplements to boost levels of the nutrient to protect the bones and heart, said the study’s lead author, Dr. Jared Bunch, director of electrophysiology research at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.
However, because everyone absorbs these supplements differently, blood levels need to be tested to make sure they’re in the safe range, Bunch explained.
High levels of vitamin D only occur when people take supplements, Bunch said. Because consumers assume supplements sold over the counter are safe, they may not realize the danger of taking too much vitamin D, he added.
“People are looking toward therapies considered to be natural to treat a broad variety of disease states and as a means of prevention,” Bunch said. “We see patients who take a tremendous amount of vitamin supplements.”
Bunch said the normal range for vitamin D was 41 to 80 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dl). Patients in the study were designated as having excessive vitamin D had had readings above 100 ng/dl.


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"One Day At a Time" - An MS Patient's Story -

David Sloan has kept a positive outlook through his struggles with Multiple Sclerosis.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Learn About Campath-1H, a hopeful new MS medication for 2012


In 1975 Cambridge scientists Cesar Milstein and George Kohler at the Laboratory for  (LMB) invented the technology to make large quantities of a monoclonal antibody of any specificity, for which they would later receive the  for Physiology or Medicine.  Building on this research, Herman Waldmann, Geoff Hale and Mike Clark, University of Cambridge, with Greg Winter and Lutz Riechmann, LMB, produced the first humanised monoclonal antibody for use as a medicine, Campath-1H (now known as alemtuzumab).
Campath-1H was licensed for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, but in the 1980s Cambridge clinical scientists also began to explore its use in diseases where the  is overactive.

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