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Saturday, August 8, 2015
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is the world’s largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals. Neurologists are doctors who identify and treat diseases of the brain and nervous system.
The AAN is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. Experts from the AAN carefully reviewed the available scientific studies on CAM therapies for MS. The following information* is based on evidence from those studies.
The information summarizes the main findings of the 2014 AAN guideline on CAM in MS. To read the full guideline, visit http://tinyurl.com/ogtxdtz
However, the desire to be productive and keep working remains the same. The good news is that it is very possible to continue to work after a diagnosis of MS, but it is also helpful to be aware of the options you have when MS symptoms start to make things more difficult to manage.
Talking About MS Symptoms in the Workplace
One of the first difficult decisions someone newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosislearns is which people to tell about your MS and how much to tell them, says Nicholas LaRocca, PhD, vice president of health care delivery and policy research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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“MSPrecise scoring is a powerful approach to aid clinicians in this task,” said Colin Bier, Chief Development Officer of Amarantus Diagnostics, in information provided to Multiple Sclerosis News Today. “In this study completed in 2013 and now reported in ‘GENE,’ there is an overall MSPrecise accuracy of 84% in identifying relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients or patients that will develop RRMS, which represents a huge benefit to physicians.”
Altered Immune Cells in Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Patients Cause Reduced Immune Capacity
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Friday, August 7, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015
- Nature Reviews Neurology
- Published online
This is a topic that so many of us with MS hardly know anything about, with regards to the Why, the What and so much more regarding Our Multiple Sclerosis.
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Information for this topic and as shown above, was provided by Ben Thrower, MD
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Medically Reviewed by The Healthline Medical Team on July 24, 2015
When you’re going through something that your friends and family don’t understand, they don’t always know what to say. Sometimes it can feel like they’re being insensitive, uncaring, or downright rude.
MS isn’t easier on the young, nor is it more likely to get better. Imagine being in the prime of your life and dealing with unpredictable neurological symptoms. The realization of having a chronic illness at a young age may be overwhelming. It’s better to simply offer your emotional and practical support.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Guest Speaker: Jenifer Patterson, APRN
Guest Speaker, Tricia Pagnotta, ARNP-C, MSN
1. Eat for optimal health.
2. Commit to regular exercise.
3. Address sleep issues.
4. Customize your environment.
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Launches Online Photo Pledge Campaign to Ignite “Can Do” Spirit in People with MS and Their Loved Ones
Gilenya (fingolimod): Drug Safety Communication - FDA Warns About Cases of Rare Brain Infection (PML)
BACKGROUND: Gilenya is an immunomodulator shown to benefit patients with relapsing forms of MS. This type of MS causes attacks or relapses, which are periods of time when symptoms get worse. Immunomodulators alter the immune system to reduce inflammation. PML is a rare and serious brain infection caused by the John Cunningham (JC) virus. The JC virus is a common virus that is harmless in most people but can cause PML in some patients who have weakened immune systems, including those taking immunosuppressant drugs.
In an August 2013 Drug Safety Communication, FDA reported that a patient developed PML after taking Gilenya. PML could not be conclusively linked to Gilenya in this case because prior to Gilenya treatment the patient had been treated with an immunosuppressant drug that can cause PML and during Gilenya treatment the patient had received multiple courses of intravenous corticosteroids, which can weaken the immune system.
RECOMMENDATION: Patients taking Gilenya should contact their health care professionals right away if they experience symptoms such as new or worsening weakness; increased trouble using their arms or legs; or changes in thinking, eyesight, strength, or balance. Patients should not stop taking Gilenya without first discussing it with their health care professionals. Health care professionals should stop Gilenya and perform a diagnostic evaluation if PML is suspected. See the Drug Safety Communication for additional recommendations.