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Saturday, July 18, 2015
The best way to reduce stress is, of course, to identify the source and get rid of it.
If only this were possible.
You can try to avoid people who stress you out, say ‘no’ to things you know will cause you stress, and generally do less stuff.
Unfortunately, this is often out of the question or you would have already done it.
So, here are 10 techniques you can use to deal with stress that you can’t avoid.
1. Develop awareness
This is the step most people skip.
Why? Because it feels like we already know the answer.
But sometimes the situations, physical signs and emotions that accompany anxiety aren’t as obvious in the moment.
Here are a few common symptoms of stress and anxiety:
tension and muscle aches.
trembling or shaking.
a dry mouth.
So, try keeping a kind of ‘anxiety and stress journal’, whether real or virtual.
When do you feel anxious and stressed and what are those physical signs of anxiety?
When you can identify what’s stressing you out and how you react, you’ll know when to use the techniques below.
2. Simple power of your breath
The mind and the body each feed back to the other.
For example, standing confidently makes people feel more confident.
It’s the same with anxiety: taking conscious control of breathing sends a message back to the mind.
So, when you’re anxious or stressed, which is often accompanied by shallow, quick breathing, try consciously changing it to relaxed breathing, which is usually slower and deeper.
You can count slowly while breathing in and out and try putting your hand on your stomach and feeling the breath moving in and out.
3. Avoid venting emotions
Some of the ways we react to stress are built on false conceptions of how the mind works.
‘Venting’ — letting your emotions out in an angry, tearful and emotional rush — is a good example.
It’s commonly thought that emotions have to be ‘let out’ in order to reduce them.
This simply isn’t true.
Venting emotions can actually cause them to become more powerful, rather than allowing them to subside or reduce.
None of this is to say that you shouldn’t talk to others about what is happening, it’s just that the form it takes shouldn’t be a blast of raw emotion.
4. Rethink your mindset
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Friday, July 17, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
There's been a second case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) with dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) for multiple sclerosis, a Biogen spokesperson confirmed.
It occurred in a patient with primary progressive MS who had prolonged severe lymphopenia, which is on the drug's label as a risk factor for PML, according to Biogen spokesperson Catherine Falcetti.
"It's very similar to what we saw with the other case," Falcetti told MedPage Today. "It's within the risk profile, and the risk-benefit ratio remains favorable."
The other PML case with Tecfidera, reported in the New England Journal of Medicineearlier this year, occurred in a 54-year-old woman with MS, who had severe lymphopenia for 3.5 years.
Another case of PML was reported at that time, but it occurred in a patient who was taking a compounded formulation of dimethyl fumarate for psoriasis
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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First of all, MS has no effect on pregnancy itself. Rather, pregnancy is beneficial for most women with MS because it shifts the immune system into an anti-inflammatory state. In fact, according to one study, relapse rates fell by 70% during the third trimester. Many women ask about the high risk of relapse after pregnancy. While the relapse rate in the first 3 months after delivery rises by 70% above pre-pregnancy level, only about 30% of women will relapse during this period. A woman may have less of a chance of relapse in this time period if she had been on disease modifying therapy (DMT) prior to becoming pregnant, and if she had a lower incidence of disease activity.
It is important to note that most MS specialists would not recommend staying on DMT while trying to become pregnant or during pregnancy. Each DMT has a different “wash-out” period. If you and your partner are planning a family, your timeline should be discussed with your MS specialist as soon as possible.
Researchers at Spedali Civili of Brescia in Italy recently published findings in the journal that Biogen’s Tysabri (natalizumab) can improve cognitive impairment in patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) over the course of at least three years. The study is entitled “.”
The treatment, called Lemtrada, has been used around the world for several years.
Monday, July 13, 2015
The above information was provided to MS Views and News by Cherie C. Binns RN BS MSCN
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Trans-cranial magnetic stimulation
A cutting edge new therapy is giving new hope to those suffering with depression.
The therapy targets a specific part of the brain and some patients said they have been success where regular medication has failed.
The therapy includes the sound of targeted magnetic pulses being sent to a specific part of this patient's brain to treat severe depression.
Psychologist Dr. Ahmed Dokmak said only the specific part of the brain needs to be stimulated, which is called trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS.
“TMS is the revolution that psychiatry has been waiting for,” Dokmak said.
Some psychiatrists have begun offering neurostar TMS therapy to patients for whom medication does not work or when side effects are too great.
With TMS, the pulsed magnetic field stimulates brain cells that help produce chemical to better regulate mood.