by Ed Tobias | July 30, 2021 - The MS Wire
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By Marisa Wexler MS on Jul 26, 2021
People with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) have switched to treatment with Gilenya (fingolimod) at an earlier stage in their disease in recent years, compared to individuals who switched to the treatment around the time it became available, a new study indicates.
In the new study, researchers in Germany conducted a descriptive analysis of two observational clinical trials, called PANGAEA and PANGAEA 2.0. These trials aimed to assess the real-world usage of Gilenya among MS patients in Germany.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Swimming gives your brain a boost – but scientists don’t know yet why it’s better than other aerobic activities
by: Seena Mathew - Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
It’s no secret that aerobic exercise can help stave off some of the ravages of aging. But a growing body of research suggests that swimming might provide a unique boost to brain health.
But scientists are still trying to unravel how and why swimming, in particular, produces these brain-enhancing effects.
As a neurobiologist trained in brain physiology, a fitness enthusiast and a mom, I spend hours at the local pool during the summer. It’s not unusual to see children gleefully splashing and swimming while their parents sunbathe at a distance – and I’ve been one of those parents observing from the poolside plenty of times. But if more adults recognized the cognitive and mental health benefits of swimming, they might be more inclined to jump in the pool alongside their kids.
New and improved brain cells and connections
Until the 1960s, scientists believed that the number of neurons and synaptic connections in the human brain were finite and that, once damaged, these brain cells could not be replaced. But that idea was debunked as researchers began to see ample evidence for the birth of neurons, or neurogenesis, in adult brains of humans and other animals.
Research shows that one of the key ways these changes occur in response to exercise is through increased levels of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor. The neural plasticity, or ability of the brain to change, that this protein stimulates has been shown to boost cognitive function, including learning and memory.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Written by: Amy B. Gragnolati, PharmD, BCPS - a clinical pharmacist in San Francisco, California
What is marijuana and how does it work in the body?
What is the difference between recreational and medical cannabis?
What is CBD and how is it different from THC?
Bladder issues, discussion on pelvic floor and bladder exercises in MS,
Presented by Carina Siracusa, PT, DPT, WCS
Begins at: 32:05 into this video
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written by: - Beth Braverman, for GoodRx - July 23, 2021