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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
December 5, 2017
Multiple sclerosis (MS) incidence estimates for Puerto Rico (PR) were higher than other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) but consistent with MS increases in other world regions, a recent study found. This study examined trends of MS incidence over 4 years and to provide age- and gender-standardized incidence rate estimates for a Caribbean island. Data from the PR MS Foundation’s registry was used to identify all newly diagnosed MS cases between 2013 and 2016. MS patients were aged ≥18 years and met the 2010 revised McDonald criteria. Researchers found:
A total of 583 new MS cases were diagnosed in PR from 2013 to 2016.
The age- and gender-standardized MS incidence rate for PR increased from 6.1/100,000 in 2013 to 6.7/100,000 in 2016.
The annual age-standardized MS incidence rates for females rose from 8.4/100,000 in 2013 to 9.8/100,000 in 2016 and were higher than males, which remained around 3.7/100,000.
Chinea A, Ríos-Bedoya CF, Vicente I, et al. Increasing incidence and prevalence of multiple sclerosis in Puerto Rico (2013–2016). Neuroepidemiology. 2017;49:106-112. doi:10.1159/000484090.
December 5, 2017
Cognitive dual-task cost is significantly associated with worse performance of everyday technology, according to a study that examined and compared dual-task performance in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) (n=19) and healthy controls (HC) (n=19). The study utilized mathematical problem-solving questions that included an everyday competence component while performing an upper extremity fine motor task. Participants were presented with 2 testing conditions—solving mathematical everyday problems or placing bolts into divots (single-task condition) vs solving problems while putting bolts into divots (dual-task condition). Participants were also required to perform a test of everyday internet competence. Researchers found:
As expected, dual-task performance was significantly worse than either of the single-task tasks (ie, number of bolts into divots or correct answers, and time to answer the questions).
Cognitive, but not motor, dual-task cost was associated with worse performance in activities of everyday internet task.
Goverover Y, Sandroff BM, DeLuca J. Dual-task of fine motor skill and problem-solving in individuals with multiple sclerosis: A pilot study. [Published online ahead of print November 3, 2017]. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2017.10.012.
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Monday, December 4, 2017
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Dr.B from @OhioHealthMS talks about No Evidence of Disease Activity (NEDA) in MS
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Integrating healthy lifestyle choices into your daily life.
Jeffrey talks to all in a strong yet humorous way, to get all to understand how you can do so much more, then you think you can...
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CCSVI UPDATE: Scientist concedes his controversial MS therapy, once a source of great hope, is ‘largely ineffective’
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Video: An EMPOWERING Discussion by Heidi Crayton, MD of Neurology about Shared Decision making & more
Listen to a Very Interesting discussion from Heidi Crayton, MD with a big "to-do" list of topics that will greatly benefit most that watch this video. Topics include: • A review of effective ways to improve communicate with your healthcare provider; Wether as a newly diagnosed or a person with MS for many years. • Learn about current and future disease modifying therapies- Reviews of how these DMT’s work, understand the safety, efficacy, side-effects, and routes of administration of DMTs • The importance of recognizing and treating MS Relapse. • Access to care- A comprehensive view on getting ALL aspects of your needs met to improve your quality of life
Dr.B discusses living your best life despite having a chronic condition. He challenges you to conceptually think of MS as an “unwanted passenger in your car” and then asks “who’s driving your car?”
Dr.B discusses the concept of "Paradigm Shifting" to thrive despite having Multiple Sclerosis