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Friday, November 21, 2008

Oral MS Therapy Progress

Ask the MS Nurse

By Cherie C. Binns, RN BS MSCN
Written - November 21, 2008

Currently there a number of oral therapies, to treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which are in middle or final stages of testing. Some of you reading this may even be in clinical trials for these drugs. Without going into great detail on how each works and the dosing or efficacy of each in trials, I would like to name the drugs, give an overview of potential side effects and also recap when to expect to see some of these oral agents gain FDA approval and be made available to people with MS.

To continue reading this story, click here - Then scroll down on the website page, til you reach: "Oral MS therapy Progress

Suggestions, Comments and/or Questions are always appreciated.. - Thank you

Family Planning with MS and Genetics and MS

MS Learn online Presents

Today's new Feature Presentations are:
Family Planning with MS
Genetics and MS
Join us for in-depth conversations with well-known researcher Dr. Dessa Sadovnick, who discusses two important topics - family planning and genetics.
Click here to view the webcasts, or copy into your browser:
If you have a pop-up blocker, you will need to disable it prior to participating in a MS Learn Online webcast.

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PI-2301 for Multiple Sclerosis - designed to be taken weekly

Certain peptides and peptide copolymers composed are able to affect the activity of the CD4+ T-cells involved in the development and progression of multiple sclerosis.

Peptimmune’s most advanced drug, PI-2301, is a multiple sclerosis treatment designed to be taken weekly. It would compete with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s daily treatment Copaxone, which generated $1.7 billion in sales last year. Peptimmune is counting on positive data from a study due in 2009 to show its drug is better than Copaxone.

PI-2301 is a second-generation peptide copolymer from a similar compound class as Copaxone®, and it is expected to have superior efficacy and convenience profile compared to current immunomodulating agents for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

Read more of Peptimmune by reading >> their website <<

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With the 2009 MS Walk Fundraising season fast approaching...

With the 2009 MS Walk Fundraising season fast approaching, I am providing a perfect example of why we must continue to raise funds for a cure.

Please click on the link found below.

Ian Ballard will be missed by many
Narromine News and Trangie Advocate - Narromine,New South Wales,Australia
When Ian Ballard was told he had multiple sclerosis in early 1995, the diagnosis was almost a relief. He had just turned 35, had three children, aged five, ...

After reading this story, I hope that you register with the Nat'l MS Society in your area, to walk for those who can no longer and for those who have yet to be diagnosed.

I continue to wage my battles to fund ms research and will continue to do so, until a cure is found.
Regards, Stuart Schlossman

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

"Achieving Wellness" by an MS RN

"Achieving Wellness"
By: Megan Weigel Barrett, MSN, ARNP-C, MSCN

Visit our homepage, by clicking here.
Then look to the left for the Main Menu.
The last item of this main menu is ACHIEVING Wellness.
Click the link to watch.
There is no sound.. It's a READ only..

If you are a healthcare professional and have something you want shared with our readers, please do not hesitate to contact me (stuartschlossman@bellsouth.net)
Suggestions, Comments and/or Questions are always appreciated.. - Thank you

Virus Causing Glandular Fever Could also be Behind Multiple Sclerosis

Posted online: Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 11:06:00 AM

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) that causes glandular fever could also be behind multiple sclerosis, Australian scientists say.

Ninety per cent of people carry EBV virus, but those with MS may be unable to control the level of EBV in their brains, a study at the University of Queensland seems to indicate. The EBV-infected B cells tend to accumulate in the brain in such cases, triggering MS, it is theorized.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Current News features from the MSF - Nov 2008

11/19/2008 Combination Therapy Trial Enrolling Now
11/19/2008 Part D Enrollment Open
11/19/2008 November is Bladder Health Month
11/13/2008 FDA Warns of Scam

Suggestions, Comments and/or Questions are always appreciated.. - Thank you

An MS Vaccine?

It is again in the news.

Click here, to read about BHT-3009

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Bring Him Home Santa - (A Tear Jerker)

Provided by an MS peer

Click this link to view: YouTube - Bring Him Home Santa

Have you got a video to share. Send it to me for posting...
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Paroxysmal Symptoms -- They Come and They Go

United Spinal Organization - MS Quarterly Report - November 2008

Paroxysmal Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis: They Come and They Go

By: Denise I. Campagnolo MD, MS––Interim Multiple Sclerosis Program Director, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona

MS Attack
A multiple sclerosis (MS) attack, also called a relapse or exacerbation, is the sudden onset of new neurological symptoms or the reoccurrence of previous resolved symptoms. Further, true attacks typically last at minimum 24 hours, usually days to weeks, and generally are agreed to have to occur at least 30 days from a previous attack, so that they are separated in time.

The underlying cause of the MS relapse is inflammation in the nervous system. The inflammatory immune response strips the nerves of their insulation, or myelin, allowing the electrical signals to “short out” as they move about the nervous system.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Environment Causes Increase In Multiple Sclerosis Among Women Only

Medical News Today
17 Nov 2008

Gender has become a dominant factor in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) during the last decades. Already with a ratio of 3.2 to 1 MS is gradually changing into a disease predominantly among women. Since genetic factors can be ruled out as a cause of this gender related increase, scientific attention is on environmental factors that may increase MS risk in women exclusively. Most likely environmental factors include smoking, viral infections, Vitamin D deficiency, hygiene changes and dietary factors.

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Fatigue in multiple sclerosis is associated with the disruption of frontal and parietal pathways

Mult Scler. 2008 Nov 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Background: Fatigue is one of the most frequent and disturbing symptoms in multiple sclerosis (MS), directly affecting the patient's quality of life. However, many questions remain unclear regarding the anatomic brain correlate of MS-related fatigue.

Objective: To assess the relationship between fatigue and white matter lesion location and gray matter atrophy.

Methods: In this study, 60 patients with MS were evaluated with the Modified Fatigue Impact Scale and magnetic resonance imaging. Location of white matter lesion was analyzed using a voxel-by-voxel lesion probability mapping approach and gray matter atrophy degree and location using an optimized voxel-based morphometry method.
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Cheap Entertainment - Redneck Play Station

This, provided by someone I have known for over (well, let's just say a very, VERY long time) - thanks, Frank (aka Pudgy)

Redneck Play Station


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Monday, November 17, 2008

CMS Identifies 15 Chronic Conditions for Medicare Special Needs Plans

Obtained from the National MS Society

Nov 14, 2008

Beginning in 2010, Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (SNPs) that serve Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions must meet new guidelines issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Special needs plans are a type of Medicare Advantage plan that serve only beneficiaries living in institutions, eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, or living with severe or disabling chronic conditions. The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) directed CMS to convene a panel of clinical advisors to determine the specific chronic conditions that met the MIPAA statutory definition of a severe or disabling chronic condition in regard to SNPs.

The panel’s recommendations were based on public input and panelists’ clinical experience, as well as the prevalence of these conditions among people with Medicare. Click here for the report.

Click here to read the CMS press release issued on November 13, 2008.

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Your Help as a Patient is needed in shaping the health care reform agenda

People living with MS and other chronic diseases have a stake in shaping the health care reform agenda, and the time to have your voice heard is now. To ensure that Congress keeps healthcare as a top priority on its agenda, it is important that your legislators hear from you today! Without your input, health care reform could be pushed aside.

Take action today!

Many organizations have already developed health care reform principles to help frame the broader issue for legislators to consider. Click here to read the National MS Society's Health Care Reform Principles. Please share the Society's principles with your elected officials, health care providers, friends, and family.

Suggestions, Comments and/or Questions are always appreciated.. - Thank you

How about Stem Cell Research?

How about Stem Cell Research?

Federal funding for stem cell research is expected to change, as President-elect Obama has made clear his intent to overturn the funding restriction set by President Bush. Currently, federal funding for stem cell research can only be applied to human embryonic stem cell lines derived prior to August 9, 2001. It is possible that shortly after President-elect Obama's inauguration on January 20, he will sign an Executive Order (EO) to remove the current barriers to funding stem cell research.
Click here for more information on the current state of federal funding for stem cell research at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

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If you live in Florida and are Newly Diagnosed ...

Telephone Support Group for Newly Diagnosed

(within 2 years)

November 26th --- from 7pm to 8 pm

The topic: Gratefulness and Thanksgiving / Open Forum

Call in number: 1-800-910-3597

Passcode: 24906202

Susan Dorne,OT Facilitator


Subject: Support Group

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Forget the Diet Coke Myth

Diet Coke and MS: The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation has debunked the notion that Diet Coke can cause or worsen multiple sclerosis symptoms. Its verdict is backed up by the Food and Drug Administration and other organizations. The notion that Diet Coke can cause neurological disorders may be based on an observation years ago by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that aspartame seemed linked to mild neurological problems.

this information was obtained from: Chron.com

An MS website to view and share from the Dominican Republic

In Spanish, you can now view the MS Website from the Dominican Republic

A gentleman by the name of Guillermo sent me the following information.

The name of our institution is -RENACER Fundacion Dominicana de Esclerosis Multiple- and our website is - www.renacer.org.do

Anybody can visit and register with them.


Additionally - if you want to view MSVRN links in Spanish or another language, for MS Facts, click here.
Scan the available links and find the one you seek.

Comments, Suggestions and/or Questions are always appreciated.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


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