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Friday, January 20, 2012

The FDA has approved the first test for assessing the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in patients on natalizumab (Tysabri)


By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: January 20, 2012




The Stratify JCV Antibody ELISA test screens for the presence of antibodies to the JC virus, a risk factor for PML in patients with multiple sclerosis or Crohn's disease who are taking the monoclonal antibody, the agency said in a statement.

Natalizumab was pulled from the U.S. market in 2005 after the first of some 200 cases of PML came to light, but it was allowed back on the marketin 2006 after the development of a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS).

Risk of PML should be calculated not only by the antibody test results, but should also be based on the length of time the patient has been on natalizumab (more than two years increases the risk) and if the patient is taking other immunosuppresants, the FDA said.



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Turning Basic Research into Better Patient Treatments



The Myelin Repair Foundation is

Eliminating the Valley of Death

Watch our video to see how the black hole of scientific research called the Valley of Death is preventing treatments from getting into the hands of patients, and why the Myelin Repair Foundation is working around the clock to fix this.


This Video was made possible by Scott Johnson, President and Founder of the Myelin Repair Foundation and MS patient advocate





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HEADLINE NEWS: Novartis drug investigated after 11 deaths



Jan 20, 2012

LONDON (AP) - A multiple sclerosis drug made by industry giant Novartis is under investigation after at least 11 patients taking the medicine died.

The drug, Gilenya, was licensed last year in the European Union to treat patients with a severe type of multiple sclerosis.
The deaths raise concerns Gilenya could trigger heart problems after patients take their first dose, according to a statement issued Friday by the European Medicines Agency. The agency, which is now investigating the drug, said it isn’t clear if it caused the deaths.
One of the deaths was in the U.S., where a patient died within 24 hours of taking the first dose.

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Forks over Knives - Could degenerative disease be controlled by what we eat



The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is hosting a FREE screening of Forks over Knives in Fort Lauderdale which examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.  If you are in the Fort Lauderdale area we invite you to join us at our viewing and after party; if you are not in South Florida we encourage you to consider hosting your own screening in your community. 

Please contact Nathalie Sloane at nsloane@msfocus.org 
or (800) 225-6495 for more information.





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Having Troubles Concentrating?


Having Troubles Concentrating?
While MS often introduces memory
and thinking trouble, other distractions
can steal your concentration. Top offenders.



Also See:  • MS Symptoms Explained
  • The Sleep You Need to Manage MS
  • More About MS-Related Fatigue



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"The Treatment and Management of MS Exacerbations"



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Thursday, February 2, 2012
7 pm - 8 pm Eastern Standard Time



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Managing the unpredictability of MS is always challenging, especially for individuals with relapsing-remitting MS. When new symptoms appear or existing symptoms become worse (known as exacerbations or flare-ups), successful management often involves accurately defining the relapse and understanding the variety of treatment options to best address the issue.

Join MS expert Dr. Ben Thrower as he offers valuable insights into understanding the signs and symptoms of an MS exacerbation, provides guidance on when to alert your neurologist, and discusses treatment options including steroids and other effective medications.

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The CCSVI news: International Society for NeuroVascular Disease - who are they and what they do



The International Society for NeuroVascular Disease is a non-profit professional association devoted to furthering the development of research for neurovascular related diseases - including CCSVI. The society will hold annual scientific meetings and sponsor educational and scientific workshops. Target medical groups include, but are not limited to, Vascular Surgeons, Interventional Radiologists, Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Physicists, and  and Technologists.


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Therapy May Reverse Multiple Sclerosis Effects due to Myelin Damage



January 18, 2012 1:37 PM EST
Researchers have found a new therapeutic method that may restore damaged myelin sheaths lost during Multiple Sclerosis in a proof-of-principle study published in the journal Cell Stem Cell.
The animal study found that exposing old animals to circulatory systems of young animals may regenerate myelin sheaths surrounding the nerves lost during Multiple Sclerosis.
The study was carried about by researchers from Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University, and the University of Cambridge.
"Aging impairs regenerative potential in the central nervous system," says author Amy J. Wagers, PhD.
Wagers is an associate professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University and Joslin. She co-led the study with Professor Robin Franklin, director of the MS Society's Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair at the University of Cambridge
Researchers using a surgical technique introduced experimental demyelinating injury in the spinal cord of an old mouse, creating small areas of myelin loss, and then exposing that area to cells found in the blood of young mouse.  Immune cells from the young mouse helped old mouse stem cells to restore effective remyelination of the spinal cord.
"This means that, in theory, regenerative therapies will work throughout the duration of the disease," said Franklin.
This could be particularly useful, in treating MS, according to the researcher.
"This impairment can be reversed, however, suggesting that the eventual development of cell-based or drug-based interventions that mimic the rejuvenation signals found in our study could be used therapeutically", said Franklin.


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