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Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
MS Services - The Way Forward
03 Nov 2008
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common cause of disability in young adults. People diagnosed with MS need specialist advice and support throughout what is a life long condition. Successful management requires input from both specialist neurology staff within the secondary sector as well as ongoing support from the primary care teams.
World class commissioning for MS is a noble aim, but requires knowledge of a complex process, which is not always readily available to Primary Care Trusts and commissioners. Have a comment or question? Please Post as a comment. - Thank you
Too Much Of A Charge-Switching Enzyme Causes Symptoms Of Multiple Sclerosis And Related Disorders In Mouse Models
06 Nov 2008
A new study highlights the role of a charge-switching enzyme in nervous system deficits characteristic of multiple sclerosis and other related neurological illness.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of several diseases in which myelin - the insulator for electrical signaling in the nervous system - breaks down and causes severe deficits in brain and nerve function. Much like the rubber insulation on an electrical cord, myelin surrounds long projections from the body of a neuron, and allows signals to travel down the cell with speed and efficiency. Patients with MS and other "de-myelinating" diseases therefore suffer deficits in balance, coordination, and movement, as well as sensory disturbances, from the loss of this neuronal insulation.
In an attempt to understand the causes of disease progression, researchers at the Partners MS Center, led by Dr. Rohit Bakshi and his team, have developed new ways to detect gray matter damage.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
A Patient's Testimonial of His own stem cell treatment
If you have had any stem cell treatment or no of anybody who has gone thru this, tell us, tell the world, of your or their experience
Mr. Stepper has been a frequent lecturer on disability law related issues for many advocacy organizations for disabled persons, including the MS Society.
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-- He is easy going and understands the frustrations of those with MS...--
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The use of stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis has been previously reported in case reports, including from Dr. Simon Slavin's group in Israel. In multiple sclerosis the rationale for why stem cell therapy would have beneficial effects derives from observations that some types of stem cells, such as mesenchymal stem cells, are potent stimulators of immune regulatory T cells called "T Regulatory Cells", or back in the old days they were called "T Suppressor Cells". These cells selectively inhibit certain immune responses, while allowing other immune responses to exist. Why this is important is because many scientists believe that multiple sclerosis is an "autoimmune disease", that meaning that the immune system is attacking parts of the body. In the example of multiple sclerosis, the target antigen appears to be myelin basic protein, a protein that lines the nerves and allows for them to properly conduct signals. In addition to play a role in suppressing inflammatory responses, mesenchymal stem cells are known to produce various factors that are theoretically useful for remyelination, that is, repairing the injured sheath of the nerve. The video describes two patients that have been treated with stem cell therapy and report positive benefits. Obviously we will not know the scientific validity of these claims until clinical trials are conducted, however, given the relative safety profile demonstrated by Osiris therapeutics for mesenchymal stem cells, these experimental interventions may serve as an ethical source of critically important data on the biology and immunology of stem cell therapy.
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In the Spotlight from about.com's Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D.
Cognitive Dysfunction as a Symptom of MS
Cognitive dysfunction can impact every part of your life. I think we don't realize how complicated everyday things like driving or grocery shopping are until we have a little "glitch" that makes us aware of problems with cognition.
Read the full article: Cognitive Dysfunction as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis
|Facing the Cognitive Challenges of MS |
Jeffrey Gingold gives a fantastic account of what he calls the "mental wheelchair" in his book, Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis. He talks very honestly about his symptoms, as well as his coping techniques (some which worked and some which didn't) as he attempted to hide his diagnosis from colleagues and clients, while working as an attorney.
Read the full review: Facing the Cognitive Challenges of MS
|Depression Can Make Cognitive Dysfunction Worse |
Really, when you are depressed, pretty much everything is worse, including MS symptoms like fatigue and cognitive problems. These three things are so interrelated, that they are often hard to separate on a clinical level. However, the good news is that depression can be treated and this may bring about a marked improvement in fatigue and cognitive dysfunction.
Read the entire article: Depression and Multiple Sclerosis Overview
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Monday, November 3, 2008
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