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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Grab a Luxury Cruise at up to 80% Off


A luxury cruise is one of life’s pure joys.  Today’s modern cruise liners are engineering marvels; floating 5-star hotels that offer the best service, accommodation, cuisine, and activities.  They visit exotic locales, with non-stop relaxation or stimulation, depending on your pleasure.

Over the past few years, cruise companies have spared no expense and literally invested billions in jaw-dropping super ships.  Even if you’ve cruised before, you probably have not experienced anything like these new marvels.

But, the best news is that due to the slowdown in travel caused by the recession and significant overcapacity in the industry, savvy travelers can now book once-in-a-lifetime cruises at insanely low prices.

How does 80 percent off the brochure price sound?  Believe it or not, it's possible through a company called Vacations To Go, one of America's Largest Cruise Agencies.

Founded more than 25 years ago, Vacations To Go realized that taking a cruise vacation was a new experience for many.  They set out to build an online service to help people learn everything they need to know to find the best possible cruise vacation, at the best possible price.

Vacations To Go is now home to an extensive selection of top-brand cruise vacations, and in-depth information about every cruise line and cruise ship.  Customers can browse the latest in new promotions and offers, shop by category, and compare prices at a glance.

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Reprogramming skin cells to benefit brain cells in Multiple Sclerosis


Treating Multiple Sclerosis with Skin

February 8, 2013

Reprogrammed skin cells can be turned into brain cells that may be highly effective in treating myelin disorders like multiple sclerosis and pediatric leukodystrophies, according to researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). The team says that their study is the first successful attempt to employ human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) to produce a population of cells that are critical to neural signaling in the brain. The scientists used cells crafted from human skin and transplanted them into animal models of myelin disease.
"This study strongly supports the utility of hiPSCs as a feasible and effective source of cells to treat myelin disorders," says URMC neurologist Steven Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study. "In fact, it appears that cells derived from this source are at least as effective as those created using embryonic or tissue-specific stem cells." The team adds that the discovery opens the door to potential new treatments using hiPSC-derived cells for a range of neurological diseases characterized by myelin loss.
Oligodendrocytes are the source of myelin in the brain and spinal cord. Oligodendrocytes themselves are the offspring of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells, or OPCs. Scientists have theorized that if healthy OPCs could be successfully transplanted into the diseased or injured brain, then these cells might be able to produce new oligodendrocytes capable of restoring lost myelin, thereby reversing the damage caused by these diseases. However, one of the key challenges is that OPCs are a mature cell in the central nervous system and appear late in development.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Irish Maker Sells Its Big MS Drug to Biogen



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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

With more and more people interested in unconventional therapies instead of generic drugs, there is an increasing number of natural treatments for an abundance of conditions


Natural Multiple Sclerosis Treatment System and Directed Nutrition Diet Revealed by SclerosisTreatment.com


With more and more people interested in unconventional therapies instead of generic drugs, there is an increasing number of natural treatments for a plethora of conditions. According to Ironclad Integrity Ltd http://www.SclerosisTreatment.com promotes only natural treatments, herbal therapy, Directed Nutrition as healthy methods to reduce the effect of symptoms and deliver a cure in the long run.



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Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord to the extent that patients will have episodes that can last for days, weeks or even months.

According to .SclerosisTreatment.com, recent data shows there are 2.5 million worldwide diagnosed with MS, 400,000 in the United States alone, and the medicine world still hasn’t delivered a cure. Instead, physicians prescribe several types of medications that are to be taken for a long time only to slow the evolution of the disease.

Antidepressants, interferons, mioxantrone and even steroids are often prescribed to MS patients to decrease the intensity of an episode, but these drugs have side effects that add to the distressing symptoms of the disease. This is why more and more Multiple Sclerosis patients are looking for relief in the unconventional world of therapy and medicine. Dr. Gary M. Levin with the Loma Linda University School of Medicine has recently released an eBook explaining the steps of such a treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.

The natural MS cure created by Dr. Gary M. Levin implies “a simple step-by-step method that rehabilitates your immune system and boosts your supporting body systems to rid it of all symptoms”. The eBook Dr. Levin released on the subject explains the natural treatment for Multiple Sclerosis is designed to cure the cause and real problem of MS, the activity of an overactive immune system.

The step-by-step Treatment System, Directed Nutrition method and a vitamin regime will provide improvement with symptoms and MS episodes in a few weeks. However, like many other natural treatments for MS, Dr. Levin’s can’t be 100% guaranteed to be successful in curing the disease. Multiple Sclerosis patients that have used this natural cure reported an amelioration of symptoms, without experiencing side-effects. Some announced their Multiple Sclerosis was permanently cured several weeks in the treatment based on herbal therapy, Directed Nutrition and the vitamin regimen.


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Let’s face it: the language that health care providers use when discussing relapsing MS treatments isn’t always easy to understand. Efficacy, clinical trials, interferons—how do you know what it all means? And how do you use this information to choose a treatment that’s right for you? “Now You’re Talking,” part of the Talk MS video series, may help. These new videos break down the information in 2–5-minute segments to give you a better understanding of efficacy, clinical trial results and the history of interferons.





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Patients with MS more likely to develop MI and stroke, regardless of migration background

Published on February 5, 2013 


A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) run a high risk of heart attackstroke and heart failure, regardless of migration background. According to Dr Tahereh Moradi, principal investigator, the study is the first in the world to examine the risk of cardiovascular diseases in male and female MS patients with both non-immigrant and immigrant backgrounds.

MS is a chronic inflammatory disease that breaks down the central nervous system, and is the most common neurological cause of disability amongst young people. The study now published in the scientific periodical Multiple Sclerosis Journal examined over 8,000 MS patients between the years 1987 and 2009.

"It turns out that MS patients run a 85 per cent higher risk of myocardial infarction, a 70 per cent higher risk of stroke, and a 100 per cent higher risk of heart failure, results that are consistent in both young and elderly patients, and patients born in and outside Sweden, with the effect being particularly noticeable for women," says principal investigator Dr Tahereh Moradi, Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet's Institute of Environmental Medicine.

With MS striking two in every 10,000 people, primarily women, every year, Sweden has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world. Despite the rising incidence of MS across the globe, its etiology is still unknown.

"These kinds of study have important public health and clinical implications," says Dr Moradi. "They can help us to understand the causes of MS and whether they resemble those of cardiovascular diseases. The results indicate how important it is that preventative measures against cardiovascular diseases are taken with MS patients, and that these patients, particularly the women, are kept under regular and careful observation."

Source: Karolinska Institutet in Sweden

article sourcing: news-medical.net


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Sunday, February 3, 2013

STUDY SHOWS: Obese girls more likely to develop multiple sclerosis


  • Article

Childhood obesity and risk of pediatric multiple sclerosis and clinically isolated syndrome

  1. Corinna Koebnick, PhD
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  1. From the Department of Research & Evaluation (A.L.-G., C.K.), Kaiser Permanente of Southern California, Pasadena; and the Neurology Department (A.L.-G., S.M.B., B.E.B.), Los Angeles Medical Center, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Harbor City.
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Langer-Gould: Annette.M.Langer-Gould@kp.org

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine whether childhood obesity is a risk factor for developing pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) or clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).
Methods: Cases were identified through the Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) Pediatric Acquired Demyelinating Diseases Cohort between 2004 and 2010. For cases, body mass index (BMI) was obtained prior to symptom onset, for the underlying cohort BMI was obtained through the KPSC Children's health study (n = 913,097). Weight classes of normal weight, overweight, moderate obesity, and extreme obesity were assigned based on BMI specific for age and sex.
Results: We identified 75 newly diagnosed pediatric cases of MS or CIS, the majority of which were in girls (n = 41, 55%), age 11–18 (n = 54, 72%). Obesity was associated with a significantly increased risk of MS/CIS in girls (p = 0.005 for trend) but not in boys (p = 0.93). The adjusted odds ratio and 95% confidence intervals for CIS/MS among girls was 1.58 (0.71–3.50) for overweight compared to normal weight (reference category), 1.78 (0.70–4.49) for moderately obese, and 3.76 (1.54–9.16) for extremely obese. Moderately and extremely obese cases were more likely to present with transverse myelitis compared with normal/overweight children (p = 0.003).
Conclusion: Our findings suggest the childhood obesity epidemic is likely to lead to increased morbidity from MS/CIS, particularly in adolescent girls.
  • Received June 25, 2012.
  • Accepted October 4, 2012.



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