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Friday, July 31, 2009

COPAXONE(R) May Have Ability to Protect Against Axonal Injury Over the Long-Term in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

Additional Long-Term Efficacy in Both Clinical and MRI Parameters Also Highlighted at European Neurological Society Meeting

KANSAS CITY, MO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/30/05 -- New data presented at the European Neurological Society Meeting (ENS) demonstrated key clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) effects of COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) in the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Results highlighted sustained beneficial effects on cerebral axonal injury and the value of starting COPAXONE® treatment early to slow the accumulation of long-term disability as measured by the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS).

MRS results suggest beneficial effect of COPAXONE® on cerebral axonal injury

Brain n-acetylaspartate (NAA) levels, a marker of neuronal integrity and function, are measured by magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). An increase in brain NAA levels relative to creatinine (NAA/Cr ratios) indicates a recovery of injured nerve cells or neurons in the brain. Preventing or minimizing damage to nerve cells is critical in reducing long-term disability in multiple sclerosis.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Woman with MS wins "right to die" case in the UK

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MS Sufferer Purdy Wins Bid for U.K Suicide-Law Review (Update1)
Bloomberg Thu, 30 Jul 2009 10:05 AM PDT
July 30 (Bloomberg) -- A British woman suffering from multiple sclerosis won her bid to have the laws governing assisted dying clarified.

Woman wins 'right-to-die' test case
Liverpool Echo Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:54 AM PDT
Multiple sclerosis sufferer Debbie Purdy has won a landmark appeal to the highest court in the land in her battle to clarify the law on assisted suicide.

Briton wins 'landmark' ruling for assisted suicide: lawyers
AFP via Yahoo! News Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:43 AM PDT
A British multiple sclerosis sufferer won a "landmark victory" Thursday in her long-running legal battle to clarify the law on assisted suicides, her lawyers said.

MS sufferer wins 'landmark' ruling for assisted suicide
AFP via Yahoo! News Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:42 AM PDT
A multiple sclerosis sufferer won a "landmark victory" Thursday in her long-running legal battle to clarify the law on assisted suicides, her lawyers said.

British MS sufferer in landmark legal victory on assisted suicide Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:40 AM PDT
London - A British woman suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) Thursday won a landmark legal victory in her battle to clarify the law on assisted suicide. Britain's Law Lords, the country's highest court, backed Debbie Purdy's request for a policy s...

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Improved Way to Identify 'Benign' MS Suggested

By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today
Published: July 29, 2009
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

WHEELING, W.Va., July 29 -- Regular neurocognitive screening and MRI scans may be able to spot patients with so-called benign multiple sclerosis who will soon develop significant disabilities, researchers said.

Among 63 patients diagnosed with benign MS at baseline, 29% developed disabling symptoms during mean follow-up of five years, reported Maria Pia Amato, MD, of the University of Florence, Italy, and colleagues online in Neurology.

They found that T1-weighted brain lesion volume detected on MRI scans, the number of neurocognitive tests failed at baseline, and male gender, were each significantly predictive of disease progression.

A model combining all three predictors distinguished those who progressed with an accuracy of 82%, the researchers reported.

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The Swank Low-Fat Diet for the Treatment of MS

Did you know that Dr. Swank lived to Ninety-Nine years of age?

We are about to show you a sensible plan for balanced nutrition developed over a 50-year period of research with hundreds of MS patients. After reading the following, you may wish to print out our Quick Reference and Diet Recording Form to keep handy as you learn the diet. To learn even more, read Dr. Swank's groundbreaking book.

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Pioneering Research by Dr. Nick Hall on Stress, Emotions, Immunity and Your health -

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Multiple Sclerosis South African Support Group

For those in South Africa, I wanted to let you know of a support group that has many resources available

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Does Eating Animal Brains Cause Multiple Sclerosis?

Tuesday July 28, 2009

A case-control study to investigate possible risk factors for MS in Brazilian people found that individuals who had consumed animal brains were 3.4 times more likely to have MS than people who had never eaten animal brains.

Honestly, I do not know what is going on here, but it is an interesting question to ponder. Interestingly, a Mexican study did not find an association between eating cow or pig brains and MS risk.

Several things could be happening here to explain the differences between Mexicans and Brazilians, as well as what is happening in general:

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Tremors and Multiple Sclerosis

There are several types of tremor:

  • Intention tremor—generally is greatest during physical movement; there is no shaking when a person is at rest. The tremor develops and becomes more pronounced as the person tries to grasp or reach for something, or move a hand or foot to a precise spot. This is the most common and generally most disabling form of tremor that occurs in people with MS.
  • Postural tremor—generally is greatest when a limb or the whole body is being supported against gravity. For example, a person who has a postural tremor will shake while sitting or standing, but not while lying down.
  • Resting tremor—generally is greatest when the body part is at rest and is diminished with movement. More typical of Parkinson's disease than MS.
  • Nystagmus—produces jumpy eye movements.

Tremor occurs because there are plaques—damaged areas—along the complex nerve pathways that are responsible for coordination of movements. People with MS who have tremors may also have associated symptoms such as difficulty in speaking (dysarthria) or difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia)—activities that are governed by many of the same pathways involved in coordinating movement.

Tremor is One of the Most Difficult MS Symptoms to Treat

Tremor is considered by physicians and other health professionals to be one of the most difficult symptoms to treat. To date, there have been no reports of consistently effective drugs for tremor. Varying degrees of success have been reported with agents such as: the anti-tuberculosis agent, isoniazid (INH); the antihistimines Atarax® and Vistaril® (hydroxyzine); the beta-blocker Inderal® (propranolol); the anticonvulsive medication Mysoline® (primidone); a diuretic Diamox® (acetazolamide); and anti-anxiety drugs Buspar® (buspirone) and Klonopin® (clonazepam).

Weights and other devices can also be attached to a limb to inhibit or compensate for tremors. An occupational therapist is the health professional who can best advise about assistive devices to aid in the management of tremor.

More recently, deep brain stimulation (using electrodes implanted surgically into various brain areas) has been shown to be effective for the management of tremor in Parkinson's disease. This has also been tried in MS patients (with varying degrees of success) although, at the moment, this therapeutic approach should be regarded as experimental.

Tremor can have significant emotional and social impact, especially when people choose to keep to themselves rather than be embarrassed by tremor. Isolation can lead to depression and further psychological problems. A psychologist, social worker, or counselor may be able to help a person with MS deal with these issues and become more comfortable in public.

Controversy continues over the role of alcohol or tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, in treating tremor. Only small studies have been done, characterized by conflicting results. Marijuana remains a controlled substance under current policies of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Source for this article: National MS Society

Information provided by Stuart Schlossman, RRMS
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MS Action ALERT - Help the National MS Society reach our goal of 150 co-sponsors on H.R. 1362

Ask your Representative to Co-sponsor H.R. 1362

Help the National MS Society reach our goal of 150 co-sponsors on H.R. 1362 before the Congressional August recess begins this Friday! Thanks to the hard work of MS and Parkinson's activists across the country, we have secured 120 co-sponsors to the National MS and Parkinson's Disease Registries Act (H.R. 1362).

Click here to e-mail your Representative and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 1362.

The National MS and Parkinson's Disease Registries Act (H.R. 1362), supported by our Congressional MS Caucus and the Bicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease, would for the first time establish a national coordinated system to collect and analyze data on multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and other neurological diseases and disorders.

The last national study on incidence and prevalence rates on MS was conducted in 1975 - a lot has changed in 34 years. These registries will help determine incidence and prevalence rates and lay a foundation for better evaluating and understanding MS issues such as geographic clusters, variance in gender ratio, changes in health care practices, and changes in disease burden.

Take action today to help us reach our goal of 150 co-sponsors on H.R. 1362 before August recess begins this Friday. Meeting this advocacy challenge helps express to House leadership that H.R. 1362 continues to gain support, and we are not losing momentum. It is only with your advocacy that we will continue building support for a national MS registry. Thank you.

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A Bio of the Creator of "MS MuSings"
The Bio of: Car Reynolds - Creator of MS MuSings

I was diagnosed with MS in March, 1997. It had taken five years to get to this diagnosis, and I was told I was lucky because doc had thought it was cancer of the spine all along.

I have been married for over 35 years to Roger, and we have two children, Emilie who is married with three of her own, and son, Michael.

I had gone back to college when my children were in Jr. High and hadn't been teaching too long when the symptoms showed themselves. I managed to get in nine years teaching and left this profession with such a heart filled with emptiness. I had been doing some presentations around the state and saw myself in this role along with the teaching itself.

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Understanding pseudo-relapses in Multiple Sclerosis

Information provided to me by Michael Myette

MS LifeLines® eNewsletter
July 2009

Have you ever been out in the garden or enjoying a barbecue and suddenly experienced a brief episode of muscle weakness or blurred vision? While these symptoms may cause you to fear the onset of an MS relapse, you may very well be experiencing a pseudo-relapse instead.

What is the difference between a relapse and a pseudo-relapse?

A relapse is an actual worsening of your MS. It can include the aggravation of an old MS symptom or the onset of a new one. A relapse lasts at least 24 hours in the absence of an infection or fever. In contrast, a pseudo-relapse is not a worsening of the disease—it's the temporary flare-up of symptoms that have occurred before. And, episodes come and go very quickly, typically within 24 hours.

The heat factor

Heat is the most common cause of a pseudo-relapse. It can be heat from the sun, strenuous exercise, a fever or infection, or even a hot shower—almost anything that raises body temperature. Because heat is so often a factor in pseudo-relapses, you should try and cool down. Move to a cooler location or have a cold drink. This may help you feel more comfortable. If you are experiencing a pseudo-relapse, symptoms will usually disappear once your body cools off.

However, you should always call your doctor right away if you have any concerns or questions.

The information contained in this newsletter is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about your condition.

Summer Sizzle. How heat can affect MS
Ask the Expert: Jo Scanzillo
MS LifeLines Magazine, Summer 2007

Is It an MS Attack or Not
Peter B. Dunne, MD, as told to Diane O' Connell

Tips for staying cool and comfortable
all summer long.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

MS PERSPECTIVES: Do You Perspire? Part II

By Ed Lash

As I mentioned in part one of this article in the previous issue, I was amazed at the answers I received when I asked at my multiple sclerosis (MS) support groups, “Do you perspire?” A number of people told me they did not perspire at all, or perspired hardly at all. Many had problems with normal sweating, but most had never thought of it as a symptom of MS. Except for occasional cool baths or swimming, however, hardly anyone took any other corrective action, or even thought there was much they could do. Almost no one mentioned it to their doctor; but of those that did, only one got a positive suggestion from their doctor: “Try keeping your skin wet with a damp cloth.”

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Lilly cancels trials for experimental MS drug

July 28, 2009

IBJ staff Eli Lilly and Co. watched $97 million and a whole lot of hope wash down the drain yesterday.

The Indianapolis-based drugmaker and a development partner canceled clinical trials on an experimental drug to treat multiple sclerosis when the drug failed to delay progression of the disease in clinical trial patients.

Lilly had partnered with the discoverer of the drug, Canada-based BioMS, since December 2007. Lilly paid BioMS $87 million up front and an additional $10 million when it completed enrollment in a late-stage, Phase 3 clinical trial.
Lilly had high hopes for the drug, dirucotide, because no effective treatment to fight multiple sclerosis exists. Some analysts projected an effective drug could reap $5 billion a year in sales.

Lilly needs new blockbuster drugs because it will lose about $4.7 billion in revenue when its bestseller Zyprexa loses patent protection in late 2011. Other top-selling Lilly drugs will also lose sales to generic copies in the years after Zyprexa does.

Lilly and BioMS made their announcement after the markets closed yesterday. This morning, Lilly’s shares fell 1 percent, to $34.74 apiece.


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Monday, July 27, 2009

A Mind-Controlled wheelchair invented by Toyota

Fox News had a fascinating interview with Michio Kaku, author of "Physics of the Impossible," in which they discussed Toyota's creation of a mind-controlled wheelchair. The wheelchair works by using "brain-movement sensors that learn the characteristics of what you're thinking."

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Relationship Matters: A Program for Couples Living with MS

How can you prevent MS from holding back your most important relationships?

Learn how to manage MS as a team and keep your partnership moving forward with Relationship Matters: A Program for Couples Living with MS. This is one of our most popular programs, so don't miss out — sign up now!

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Facts about Multiple Sclerosis and the various stages

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  • NEW: What are the four courses of MS? Learn the facts about relapsing and progressive forms of MS — including a new series of online videos from doctors who know.

  • Knowledge is Power is a free six-week program designed for those newly diagnosed with MS and their loved ones. Written by leading MS experts, this educational series is sent by mail or e-mail and gives families straight talk about what to expect, treatment options, and how to navigate relationships with doctors, employers, and family members.

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Only about 36% of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients are currently treated with MS drugs

Report: Multiple Sclerosis Is The Fourth Leading Cause Of Disability Among American Women

Only about 36% of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients are currently treated with MS drugs, this percentage is expected to increase to 56% by 2014 as new oral MS therapies are launched

Published on July 27, 2009
by Press Office ( and OfficialWire)

Only about 36% of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients are currently treated with MS drugs, this percentage is expected to increase to 56% by 2014 as new oral MS therapies are launched, which shows bright opportunity for oral drugs in multiple sclerosis market. The injectables market is big but leaves certain side effects which bring the possibility for the oral drugs to succeed. It is expected that oral drugs will bring some ease for the patients. In Canada the prevalence rate of MS is the highest with closely followed by United States which is the second most affected region with increasing death rates of MS patients. Also the prevalence rate in Germany, Norway and Hungary is high. In 2008 the MS treatment market has shown good results despite the slowdown in US and with this success the probability for further growth has increased.

Gender has become a dominant factor in MS during the last decades. The studies have proved that MS prevalence rate is higher in women than men, but the cause of the disease has not been found. MS is the fourth leading cause of disability among American women. Early Age Smoking is also one of the major environmental factors which have increased the chances of MS disease. MS is slowly spreading its reach in the Asian regions. Asia can be a potential market in future.

This report analyses the global multiple sclerosis market demand and potential opportunities prevailing in the market. It gives an overview of the disease and prevalence worldwide, also covers the total market for MS treatment. It presents global MS injectable market growth and discussion of various medicines market share. The report also focuses on the growth of the industry in United States. It gives an overview of the trends and opportunities present in the industry. It also analyses competition in the market with an overview of industry players and their business strategies.

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Market - Opportunities for Oral Drugs:

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An MS Mom's Stem Cell treatment Journey in Argentina

Trip to Argentina - Doctor Fernandez Vina and Mom’s Stem Cell Treatment for MS

Posted by on Sunday, July 26th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

To be able to day trade and make money, a trader also needs to focus on his health and that of his loved ones. Money means nothing if those you care about are not healthy. That’s why I wrote this blog post.

Doctor Fernandez Vina and Stem Cell Treatment

In 1996, my mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Since then, her health has gradually deteriorated, picking up speed during the last few years. As a result, I embarked on a trip with her to Argentina to see Doctor Fernandez Vina, a world-renowned pioneer in the field of human stem cell therapy, based on the referral of another MS patient. We returned from our trip on July 14th (all pictures are at the end of this post).

Outside of the United States (which severely lags the rest of the world in stem cell therapy), there are various medically recognized stem cell treatment centers; Fundacion Don Roberto Fernandez Vina in Argentina (or “Fundacion Fernandez Vina” for short) is one of them. Doctor Fernandez Vina has had a lot of success treating Diabetes, MS, and other conditions (click here to contact me if you would like more information on any of this).

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Information on Adult Stem Cell Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and more

Learn from the CellMedicine channel - on various Stem Cell therapies.

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Nursing Practice in Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong, potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system that affects the white matter tracts of the central nervous system in a sporadic and unpredictable manner. The disease produces inflammation and demyelination of the white matter, as well as varying amounts of damage and destruction to the underlying axon. The onset of disease is most often in early adulthood. Individuals experience a myriad of symptoms with likely progression of disability over time.

Symptoms may include fatigue, visual disturbances, sensory changes, incoordination, pain, tremor, elimination dysfunction, and cognitive impairment. Symptoms usually occur as relapses early in the disease, or as symptoms that appear over 24–48 hours and recede to some extent over weeks to months. After a decade or so, many individuals experience fewer relapses, but in their place is a slow progression of MS symptoms that often leads to increased functional disability over time. A small percentage of patients will experience progression from the onset of the disease and experience progressive mobility impairment over time.

MS invades every aspect of life, and patients as well as families can be severely affected. Patients and families experience a sense of loss, both real and perceived. The disease can adversely impact the roles of provider, spouse, parent, friend, and employee. There are emotional consequences of the disease as well as physical ones. As the disease is one for life, individuals and families will have multiple needs throughout their lives. They will need emotional support, education, symptom management, adaptation to changes, adaptive equipment, supportive care, and perhaps even end of life care.

Nursing is a critical element in meeting the multiple needs of the MS patient and family. MS nurses have evolved from home-based care providers giving support to the disabled person to certified MS nurses and advanced practice nurses who must be well educated in the disease process and the available treatments. In addition, MS nurses must be sensitive to and supportive of the emotional needs of those affected by the disease. MS nurses must provide appropriate education regarding the disease process, treatment regimes, symptom management, and community resources.

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