Please visit our MS learning channel on Youtube, which provides hundreds of topics from our education programs, that were video-recorded and archived here: www.youtube.com/msviewsandnews -- Be empowered with MS news by registering with us: www.register.msviewsandnews.org

joomla ecommerce template -- Scroll left side of this blog for needed resources. Also, use our 'search by topic' tool, to find specific information.

Disclaimer: 'MS Views and News' DOES NOT endorse any products or services found on this blog. It is up to you to seek advice from your healthcare provider. The intent of this blog is to provide information on various medical conditions, medications, treatments, and procedures for your personal knowledge and to keep you informed of current health-related issues. It is not intended to be complete or exhaustive, nor is it a substitute for the advice of your physician. Should you or your family members have any specific medical problem, seek medical care promptly.

============================================================

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Minding Your Mitochondria - A view on eating better with proper diet - This video is for anybody, with or without an Illness

The Hunter Gather diet, Paleo Diet and so much more to listen-to if committed to learning how to eat better.

Learn of Vitamins, herbs, vegetables and more.

Learn what your body and the organs of your body need.

Learn, by clicking this link and then Listening and Minding Your Mitochondria

By: Dr. Terry Wahls at TEDxIowaCity



……..

To comment - click the comment link shown below
…….
USE OUR SHARE LINKS at the top of this page  - to provide this article to others
……
REMAIN up to date with MS News and Education
Visit: www.msviewsandnews.org  to register
…………………….
.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Controlling the Muscle Spasms of Multiple Sclerosis

Many people with multiple sclerosis experience spasticity, or muscle stiffness and spasms. It usually affects the muscles of the legs and arms, and may interfere with the ability to move those muscles freely.
Spasticity can occur either as a sustained stiffness caused by increased muscle tone or as spasms that come and go, especially at night. It can feel like a muscle tightening or it can cause severe pain. Spasticity can also produce feelings of pain or tightness in and around joints and can cause low back pain. The intensity may vary depending on your position, posture, and state of relaxation.

What Causes Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis?

Spasticity is the result of an imbalance in the electrical signals coming from the brain and spinal cord, often caused by damage to these areas by multiple sclerosis. This imbalance causes hyperactive muscle stretch reflexes, which result in involuntary contractions of the muscle and increased muscle tension.

What Triggers Spasticity Due to Multiple Sclerosis?

For someone who has multiple sclerosis, spasticity may be aggravated by extremes of temperature, humidity, or infections. It can even be triggered by tight clothing.

How Is Spasticity Diagnosed?

To diagnose spasticity your doctor will first evaluate your medical history, including what medications you have taken and whether there is a history of neurological or muscular disorders in your family. To confirm the diagnosis, several tests can be performed to evaluate your arm and leg movements, muscular activity, passive and active range of motion, and ability to perform self-care activities.

How Is Spasticity Treated if I Have Multiple Sclerosis?

……..

To comment - click the comment link shown below
…….
USE OUR SHARE LINKS at the top of this page  - to provide this article to others
……
REMAIN up to date with MS News and Education
Visit: www.msviewsandnews.org  to register
…………………….
.

Is Your MS Treatment Working?

Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex, individual disease. No two people with this disease have the same symptoms, progression, or response to treatment. That makes a collaborative approach with your doctor even more important than usual. It's key to tailoring multiple sclerosis treatment just for you, and it's especially helpful if you need to make changes to your MS treatment along the way.
"Become empowered to participate in your treatment decisions," says Barbara S. Giesser, MD, clinical director of the UCLA MS Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles. "It's the single most important underlying principle, especially for a chronic, unpredictable condition such as MS."
How do you do that? By seeking information from reputable sources and communicating well with your health care providers. 

When MS Treatment Isn't Working

Before you and your doctor take any steps to switch treatment, make sure you're taking your MS medication exactly as prescribed. "One of the most common causes of a poor response is simply not taking medications the right way," says Jack S. Burks, MD, chief medical officer of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.
Whatever you do, don't just stop taking medications because you think they're not working -- or because you think you don't need them. Talk with your doctor about your concerns. Burks' patients sometimes say, "Gee, doc, I haven't had an attack in a long time, maybe I don't need these medications," to which he responds, "Maybe the reason you haven't had an attack is because you've been taking the medicine!"
Each class of MS medication works in different ways.  So be clear about what your MS medication is designed to do before deciding that it's not working. For example, disease modifying therapies (DMTs) slow MS progression. If you're also expecting them to control all your symptoms, says Giesser, you may be alarmed if that doesn't happen.
Burks recommends starting with a basic question like this: "Given my situation, doctor, how do you decide whether or not my medication is working up to expectations?" Although a tall order, the best way is by looking at a wide range of factors from symptoms and function to number of attacks and MRI findings.
If side effects are more than you can stand, then something needs to change. If you're noticing serious changes in how well you're functioning or if you're having many more relapses than in the past, that's also a red flag, says Burks.  Document and share these changes with your doctor.
By the same token, don't equate symptom control with overall disease control. Even if you feel pretty well, your doctor may recommend a change in treatment if more lesions are showing up on MRIs or if neurologic exams are worsening, says Giesser.
However, don't switch medications unless necessary, says Burks. "When you switch to another drug, you may actually not get as good a response." That's because these drugs differ in how they work on inflammation and damage.
Continue Reading


……..

To comment - click the comment link shown below
…….
USE OUR SHARE LINKS at the top of this page  - to provide this article to others
……
REMAIN up to date with MS News and Education
Visit: www.msviewsandnews.org  to register
…………………….
.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Experiential or opinion based research for those who have completed a MS clinical trial in the last 12 months (or by Sept. 1, 2013)


Find A Cure Panel is looking for people to participate in a 30 - 45 minute anonymous and confidential telephone call regarding their recent participation in a clinical trial.

To qualify, you must have completed a clinical trial in the last 12 months.

Note this is NOT a clinical trial but an opportunity to share your opinion about participating in one. If you qualify, likely you have much to say!

For those who participate, FACP will donate $100 to MS Views and News.

If you are interested in participating, please email info@findacurepanel.com and reference QUAL research re: MS Views and News.

……..

Multiple Sclerosis Diet: Doctor Terry Wahls Reverses MS With Diet Alone

By  | Aug 7, 2013

Tingling and numbness in your joints, chronic pain and spasms, and fatigue and weakness are not just indicators of chronic tiredness; they are often the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). More than 2.1 million people are affected by the disease worldwide, although that number is thought to be even greater because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require physicians in the U.S. to report new cases of MS, says the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Relapsing-remitting MS — the experience of relapses or episodes of deteriorating neurological function — is the most common form of MS seen in the initial diagnosis of patients. While the majority of cases of MS do not leave patients severely disabled, Dr. Terry Wahls, assistant chief of staff at the Iowa Veterans Affairs Medical Center, MS-stricken, saw herself continue to become severely incapacitated three years after her initial diagnosis in 2000. "I was afraid I was going to become bedridden," she said at the TEDXIowaCity event in November 2011, referring to what she once thought was irreversible MS. 

Wahls took the natural healing power of food to reverse her irreversible MS within a year, going from riding a tilt-recline wheelchair to competing in an 18-mile bicycle tour with her own version of the paleo diet without prescription drugs.

Continue reading and read of the Wahls Paleo diet


……..

To comment - click the comment link shown below
…….
USE OUR SHARE LINKS at the top of this page  - to provide this article to others
……
REMAIN up to date with MS News and Education
Visit: www.msviewsandnews.org  to register
…………………….
.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Multiple Sclerosis: What is Lassitude?

By Rosalind KalbBarbara Giesser, and Kathleen Costello from Multiple Sclerosis For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Although many people experience fatigue on a regular basis, one type of fatigue, commonly referred to as lassitude, is unique to people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Lassitude is thought to result from poor nerve conduction caused by damage to the myelin around the nerve fibers in the central nervous system (CNS). Because of the demyelination, your body has to work harder just to transmit messages between your brain and other parts of your body.
Unlike normal fatigue, MS lassitude
  • Tends to come on suddenly
  • Generally occurs on a daily basis
  • Can occur at any time of day, even right after a restful night's sleep
  • Generally increases as the day progresses
  • Can worsen temporarily with heat and humidity
  • Is much more likely to interfere with everyday activities
Lassitude may respond well to medication, so talk to your doctor about whether a prescription would work for you. Even though no medications have been approved specifically for the treatment of MS fatigue, several are known to provide relief for some people. For example, talk to your doctor about the following medications:
  • Amantadine: This antiviral medication has been found to relieve fatigue in some people with MS.
  • Provigil (modafinil): This medication is FDA-approved for the treatment of narcolepsy. The trials in MS have had mixed results, but many people find that it reduces feelings of sleepiness and tiredness.
  • Prozac (fluoxetine): This antidepressant may reduce feelings of fatigue, particularly if you're also experiencing depression.
  • Ritalin (methylphenidate): Some people find this stimulant very beneficial for managing their fatigue.
  • Adderal (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine): This stimulant is sometimes used for managing fatigue.
Although medication may be helpful, finding the one that's best for you is usually a process of trial and error. No medication, however, can take the place of adequate rest and exercise, the creative use of assistive technology, and other energy-saving strategies.
SOURCE info found here
……..

To comment - click the comment link shown below
…….
USE OUR SHARE LINKS at the top of this page  - to provide this article to others
……
REMAIN up to date with MS News and Education
Visit: www.msviewsandnews.org  to register
…………………….
.

Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trial for: TMS Device for Treatment of Depression and Fatigue Symptoms

older study info on new found subject that might benefit some with depression or fatigue

JERUSALEM, Nov. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Further to that stated in Brainsway's 
periodic report for 2011 regarding the double-blind clinical trial being conducted at the Charité Hospital in Berlin and at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Hamburg to assess the safety and efficacy of the Company's Deep TMS device for the treatment of fatigue and depression symptoms in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, the Company is pleased to announce the final results of the trial.
The final results are in respect of 28 patients (out of 34 recruited into the trial originally). The trial subjects were divided into three groups: a sham-stimulation control group, a treatment group that received high-frequency (18 Hz) left prefrontal stimulation, and an additional treatment group that received low-frequency (5 Hz) motor cortex stimulation. Each subject received a series of treatments, three times a week over six weeks. The effects of the treatment were evaluated during the treatment period and over the course of the subsequent 6-week period.

The effects of the treatment on subjects' fatigue levels were assessed using standard fatigue rating scales such as the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS), the Modified Fatigue Impact Scale (MFIS), the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) and the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS); and its effects on subjects' depression levels were assessed using the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Positive and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS). The present study was primarily concerned with treating fatigue and depression, and did not examine the stimulation parameters for treating the motor symptoms of MS.

Measures of Device Safety
No serious side effects were reported in the study. Mild side effects were reported by some of the subjects in each group, but these resolved on their own within a few days.

Efficacy of Deep TMS Device for Treatment of Depression and Fatigue Symptoms
Measures of Fatigue - Analysis of fatigue rating scale scores revealed a statistically significant (p<0.05) improvement on all scales in the 5-Hz motor cortex stimulation treatment group, with onset of improvement on some of the scales occurring only after the conclusion of the treatment series. In contrast, the 18-Hz left prefrontal stimulation treatment group exhibited significant improvement (p<0.05) in scores only on the ESS and VAS, while the sham-stimulation control group improved significantly (p<0.05) only on the VAS.

Measures of Depression - A significant improvement on the BDI and the PANAS was observed in the 5-Hz motor cortex stimulation group (p=0.001 and p=0.046, respectively), while the other groups' scores on these depression rating scales did not change significantly.

According to the investigators, these results indicate that Deep TMS therapy with the Company's device is safe and effective for the treatment of fatigue and depression symptoms in MS patients. They also note that additional, more extensive studies should be performed to explore the effects of Deep TMS treatment.
Stephen Kilmer
President
Kilmer Lucas Inc.
(212) 618-6347

……..

To comment - click the comment link shown below
…….
USE OUR SHARE LINKS at the top of this page  - to provide this article to others
……
REMAIN up to date with MS News and Education
Visit: www.msviewsandnews.org  to register
…………………….
.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Mind Over Mechanics


Too difficult to explain this Science 

Click here: www.youtube.com/embed/6LWz4qa2XQA?feature
 to review and then tell us YOUR thoughts on this this creation.


……..

To comment - click the comment link shown below
…….
USE OUR SHARE LINKS at the top of this page  - to provide this article to others
……
REMAIN up to date with MS News and Education
Visit: www.msviewsandnews.org  to register
…………………….
.

Tcelna™ (formerly Tovaxin®)

Company: Opexa Therapeutics
  • Administered via subcutaneous injection every four weeks
  • Tcelna is being studied in patients with CIS, RRMS, and SPMS

Tcelna is a T-cell vaccine. In the process of administering this vaccine, myelin-reactive T cells are removed from a small amount of the patient's blood, inactivated, and then injected back into the patient. The body's immune system then protects the myelin from these cells.

The TERMS placebo-controlled, one-year study in 150 patients with CIS and RRMS to evaluate Tcelna's efficacy, safety, and tolerability has been completed. The treatment was found to be safe, but did not achieve statistical significance in the primary endpoint, which was a reduction in the cumulative number of gadolinium-enhancing lesions.

There was an annualized relapse rate of 0.34 per year (or one relapse roughly every three years) in the placebo group and 0.21 per year (or roughly one relapse every five years) in the Tcelna group, representing a 37-percent decrease. The drug was well tolerated with mild skin reactions in some patients; no serious safety concerns were raised by this study. In a subgroup of 70 patients who had at least one relapse in the 12 months prior to enrolling in the study and who had no previous exposure to MS therapy, Tcelna reduced their annualized relapse rate by 64 percent compared to placebo. Additionally, 76 percent of Tcelna-treated patients remained relapse-free at one year compared with 60 percent of placebo patients.

After re-branding this agent as Tcelna, a new clinical trial initiative was launched in 2012. Tcelna is being studied in a Phase II trial in SPMS in the Abili-T study.35 This is a placebo-controlled two-year trial, evaluating brain atrophy on MRI as the primary outcome, and delay in accumulation of sustained disability as the secondary outcome. The trial is planned to enroll 180 patients and is expected to run through the end of 2015.



article source: mymsaa.org

……..

To comment - click the comment link shown below
…….
USE OUR SHARE LINKS at the top of this page  - to provide this article to others
……
REMAIN up to date with MS News and Education
Visit: www.msviewsandnews.org  to register
…………………….
.

SWANK DIET update


The Swank MS Foundation has partnered with Iverson Genetic Diagnostics to research the effects of the Swank MS Diet. See our video interview as well.


Read "Living a Swank Life" -





……..

To comment - click the comment link shown below
…….
USE OUR SHARE LINKS at the top of this page  - to provide this article to others
……
REMAIN up to date with MS News and Education
Visit: www.msviewsandnews.org  to register
…………………….
.