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Friday, September 4, 2009

In Need of a Tax Break ?

Get an Energy-Saving Tax Break!

If you’re making an energy-efficient home improvement, you may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $1,500. But remember, the work must be done by Dec. 31, 2010…

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The Truth About Flu Vaccines

The Truth About Flu Vaccines America is bracing for a double whammy of a flu season. Find out which type of flu—the typical or the H1N1—is more serious for your age group. You may be surprised… Click here to continue »

Questions and concerns regarding the (H1N1) virus and Multiple Sclerosis

With the imminent arrival of flu season, questions and concerns regarding infection with the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus – also known as swine flu – are beginning to peak. In this edition of eMS News, Dr. John Corboy, co-medical director of the Rocky Mountain MS Center at Anschutz Medical Campus, clears up some questions regarding H1N1.

For people with MS, studies on the yearly flu vaccine have found that it does not cause exacerbations, which was previously a concern. In 1993, a study headed by Dr. Aaron Miller of the National MS Society found that among the 104 study participants there was no difference in the number of exacerbations experienced by those who received the flu vaccine and those on placebo. Other studies and extensive data collection also have consistently negated the concern. Therefore, MS specialty doctors and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage MS patients to get the usual flu vaccine.

Generally, vaccines are made from viruses or bacteria that are inactivated (killed) or live but attenuated (weakened). The yearly flu shot is an example of an inactivated virus vaccine. Although there also exists an effective live, attenuated vaccine (taken by mouth), the Rocky Mountain MS Center and the National MS Society have typically suggested use of the inactivated flu shot vaccine.

H1N1: Risk and vaccine
It has been deemed that people with MS are not at higher risk of contracting H1N1 – like the seasonal flu, all people can contract the novel flu. However, because the flu can cause serious complications for MS patients, especially for those with limited mobility issues and those living in settings such as nursing homes – the H1N1 vaccine is advisable for all people with MS. (Cont. HERE)

Source: Rocky Mountain MS Center


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$6 million Designated for MS Research in the House

Federal Focus - September 2009
$6 million Designated for MS Research in the House

The House of Representative's Appropriations Committee provided $6 million for MS research funding under the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Defense Appropriations bill. Last year, MS activists reached a new milestone and helped secure $5 million for MS research under the CDMRP. This $1 million increase represents a 20% increase in one year - a great and significant accomplishment.

CDMRP is a Department of Defense (DoD) program funded annually via the Defense Appropriations Act. The Society has led a bold effort to have Congress provide $15 million for MS research within the CDMRP. In large part to your efforts as MS activists last year, MS research received funding under this program for the first time. This movement is an example of the power of advocacy and the influence of a grassroots campaign.

The Senate is our next challenge and will meet early in September to evaluate their version of the Defense Appropriations bill. MS activists spent the August recess meeting with their Senators at home and educating them on the importance of this funding.

Now is the time to reinforce this message with your senators. Click here and then scroll down to send an e-mail to your senators asking them to support $15 million for MS research funding under the CDMRP in the FY 2010 Defense Appropriations bill.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

MS patients take to the water at Cape Wellness Center

Posted Sept 2, 2009 - Provided by Karen H. in Cape Coral, Fl.

CAPE CORAL: Water therapy at the Lee Memorial Wellness Center in Cape Coral is helping a group of multiple sclerosis patients walk, kick, and move in ways they never thought possible.

But during the pool sessions, every move - both above and below the surface - means the world to those in attendance.

"This has been fantastic for us. It has really helped - the movement, the balance," said water therapy student Martha Hannigan.

Hannigan, and every other student in the class, has multiple sclerosis. Weakness in the arms and legs is a way of life for many of them. But underwater, you wouldn't know it.

"Balance, heavy legs, fatigue - these are things we deal with outside the pool. But in the pool, weightless, we're bionic," said student Jason Hamann.

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MS LEARN ONLINE present... Managing Symptoms: Pain

Managing Symptoms: Pain
featuring Nancy Holland, EdD, RN, MSCN

This video webcast explores:

  • Pain - a real symptom of MS
  • Types of MS pain
  • Options to manage pain

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Getting Closer to a Cure

Central Illinois Proud.com
Reported by: Iris Pérez - WMBD/WYZZ
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009 @03:50pm

PEORIA - Doctors say the face of Multiple Sclerosis is changing as treatments continue to improve and evolve.
Recent findings suggest getting extra sunlight could keep help keep MS on the back burner.

Kim Reiman has been living with MS for 18 years. She meets with her nurse, and long time friend Vicky Schwegmann every month to get a drug infusion to slow down her immune system as it attacks her nerves.

"MS has changed entirely from when i was diagnosed to now, there were no treatments besides paleative and now i'm walking today on account of the medicines," said Reiman.

Even with the medicine, as a mother of seven, she's forced to find balance, between reality and optimism.

"I have about half of the amount of awake or go time that an average healthy human has, about half, so i just work everything in sections, you know and make it work... when I mind the rules that it places upon me, the MS and I get along the best we can and I can function best with my illness that way but I have to mind the rules, it's like having a short leash," smiled Reiman.

MS Doctor Areen Said says there are only six types of FDA approved treatments for MS, and all are injectible. Recent findings linking the disease to Vitamin D deficiency are another piece of the puzzle to finding a cure.

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`Underinsured' find health bills piling up

While covering the uninsured has been a main focus of healthcare reform, millions more fall into the category of `underinsured' -- those with coverage, but not enough.




Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Personality Traits amongst people with Multiple Sclerosis

(Geez - I wonder where I fit-in ??)

Personality traits can influence social and cognitive functioning. It is thought that personality traits may influence the quality of life of people with MS, since they can determine how a person copes with diagnosis and other MS related issues. This study aimed to assess how functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a specific sequence of MRI which describes the activation of the different cortical areas of the brain, can identify different personality traits in a group of people with an early MS diagnosis and a group of healthy controls. The authors found that different personality traits were associated with different patterns of fMRI therefore the underlying pathology of these personality traits was preserved in people with MS, at least in early stages of the disease.

authors: Gioia MC, Cerasa A, Valentino P, Fera F, Nisticò R, Liguori M, Lanza P, Quattrone A

source: Brain Cogn. 2009 Aug 19

weblink: click here


International team refutes finding of evidence of Epstein-Barr virus in brains of people with MS

Investigators funded in part by the US National MS Society, in collaboration with an international team, reported finding no evidence of Epstein-Barr virus infection in the brains of people with MS, refuting earlier studies claiming physical evidence of the virus in brain specimens.

To read more, as reported by the US National MS Society, click here.

Source: US National MS Society


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MR spectroscopic imaging of glutathione in the white and gray matter at 7 T with an application to multiple sclerosis

News from MSIF.org

summary: Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in MS has undergone an important expansion over recent years and new techniques have been developed. MR spectroscopic imaging of the brain consists of the analysis of certain molecules which are known to play specific roles in the normal function of the brain or whose presence (or absence) has been associated with neuronal damage. Sometimes the molecules, such as glutathione, which are involved in the normal processes of detoxification in brain cells, are hard to identify with conventional spectroscopic sequences (i.e. with currently used field strengths). It is known that the detoxification processes in the brain may have an influence on the long-term prognosis in MS, and the detection of markers of good functioning in detoxification processes might become a tool to predict future outcome in people with MS. The authors aimed to quantify the glutathione with MR spectroscopy at a very high field strength in the grey and white matter of the brain, in a group of healthy controls and a group of people with MS. They found that glutathione levels were significantly lower in the group of people with MS. These preliminary results help us to better understand the complex pathological processes in MS, although further studies regarding this marker are needed.

authors: Srinivasan R, Ratiney H, Hammond-Rosenbluth KE, Pelletier D, Nelson SJ

source: Magn Reson Imaging. 2009 Aug 18

weblink: click here


Correlation between disability and transcranial magnetic stimulation abnormalities in patients with multiple sclerosis

MSIF.org News

ummary: Some people with MS may experience a progression of their symptoms over time. However, the exact mechanisms underlying this progression are not fully understood and it is difficult to predict whose symptoms will worsen and whose will remain stable. The authors studied a group of people with MS, with and without clinical signs of motor dysfunction, and a group of healthy controls, using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS is a physiological test which measures the damage of motor pathways of the central nervous system by measuring the speed of nerve fibre conduction and other related parameters. They found that people with MS had abnormal results in the TMS compared to the controls. The authors also found that people with a higher level of disability had more severe TMS abnormalities. The results demonstrate that TMS may be a useful tool in measuring progression in MS and better understanding the underlying processes responsible for disability in MS.

authors: Kale N, Agaoglu J, Onder G, Tanik O

source: J Clin Neurosci. 2009 Aug 18

weblink: click here


International team refutes finding of evidence of Epstein-Barr virus in brains of people with MS

Investigators funded in part by the US National MS Society, in collaboration with an international team, reported finding no evidence of Epstein-Barr virus infection in the brains of people with MS, refuting earlier studies claiming physical evidence of the virus in brain specimens.

To read more, as reported by the US National MS Society, click here.

Source: US National MS Society

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Regional white matter atrophy-based classification of multiple sclerosis in cross-sectional and longitudinal data

MSIF.org news

summary: The underlying processes responsible for the progression of disability in MS, which may depend on the MS type, are not fully understood. The authors aimed to investigate whether the volume in two different regions of white matter of the brain could be used to differentiate amongst different MS subtypes. Based on the results, the authors created an algorithm to classify people with different types of MS, based on the different volumes of white matter regions of the brain, since people with relapsing-remitting MS had higher volumes than people with progressive forms of MS. In this latter group, people with secondary progressive MS had lower volumes than people with primary progressive MS. This study may have important consequences from a clinical point of view and could help to shed light on the underlying biology of MS.

authors: Sampat MP, Berger AM, Healy BC, Hildenbrand P, Vass J, Meier DS, Chitnis T, Weiner HL, Bakshi R, Guttmann CR

source: AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2009 Aug 20

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Making it Work: Your Career & MS

On September 23rd, MS in BalanceSM will release a new online video:

Making it Work: Your Career & MS

It can be hard to balance your career with relapsing MS. Learn some useful strategies along with some information about the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.


The Alexander Technique: Become more aware of your body and what you need

The Alexander Technique:

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Desire to help multiple sclerosis patients inspires woman to sell medical marijuana in Eagle-Vail

Pot Dispensary to Open in Eagle-Vail
Sarah Mausolf - smausolf@vaildaily.com
Eagle-Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL — Heather Blaine has four family members with multiple sclerosis, and that's why she supports medical marijuana.

“I actually have four family members who were confined to wheel chairs because of MS,” the 30-year-old Avon resident said. “I see what they go through and medical marijuana, that is one of the conditions it is approved for.”

Blaine plans to open a dispensary in Eagle-Vail, where people with MS and other conditions can buy medical marijuana.


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Multiple sclerosis fitness program strengthens patients' bodies, confidence


September 2, 2009

Mt. Greenwood resident Colleen Voith has been living with multiple sclerosis for 15 years. And while she gets unconditional love and support from her family, she also yearns to be with people who, like her, live with the disorder.

That's why she attends the multiple sclerosis fitness program at the Palos Health and Fitness Center in
Orland Park.

The class is specifically designed for men and women with MS, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the central nervous system in unpredictable ways, often leading to blurred vision, loss of coordination and fatigue.

Using yoga and pool exercises, the center's instructors strive to strengthen participants' core muscles and balance. Classes run for about 45 minutes three times a week.

Continue reading this article on MS and Exercise from the Chicago Tribune


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Safe Non-drug Therapy to Aid Multiple Sclerosis, now being offered from Health 1 Clinic

Health 1 Clinic achieves success utilizing Bio-Photonic treatment of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms

Lansing, MI (PRWEB) September 2, 2009 -- Health 1 Clinic, a local mid-Michigan holistic clinic, is now offering a non-drug therapy that helps people struggling with Multiple Sclerosis. BioPhotonic therapy is a safe and effective solution when medicines are unsuccessful or patients are looking for an alternative to potentially harmful prescription medication.

"BioPhotonic therapy is not new," said Matt Nelson, RN and Clinical Director of Health 1 Clinic. "It is a medical procedure that has helped balance the body's immune system to increase cellular metabolism and cell repair. With repeated exposure, BioPhotonic therapy can decrease a patient's activated T-cells, thus reversing the effects of auto-immune diseases."

BioPhotonic therapy, often referred to as ultraviolet blood irradiation or photoluminescence, is the process of exposing blood to ultraviolet light rays to stimulate a photochemical reaction. It works to destroy all types of pathogens - viral, bacterial, or fungal. This procedure has been used in medicine for a wide variety of health problems throughout the world, but discovery of antibiotics and vaccines in the 1940's diverted attention away from its amazing qualities.1

For individuals suffering from multiple sclerosis this can mean a decrease in pain, and an increase of energy, muscle strength, and nerve sensation. (Cheryl*) suffered with multiple sclerosis since 1991 and BioPhotonic therapy offered her a solution when she could not find pain relief from medication alone.

CONTINUE to Read this Press Release from eMedia Wire


More MS on the Internet - from the WheelChair Kamikaze

Since my last entry updated a post that I had made several months ago, I figured I'd keep the trend going by updating yet another post I made several months back, which was titled "MS on the Internet". That post was made up of a list of Multiple Sclerosis related websites that I find useful, and it received a good response from WK readers.

Since then, I've come across several additional websites that I think would be of value to readers of this blog. Most of these sites aren't devoted strictly to Multiple Sclerosis, but offer a wealth of information on neurology and general healthcare, in addition to having sections specific to MS...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

MS related - Keeping up to date with Stem Cell News

Keeping up to date with Stem Cell therapy

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Paratransit Improvements Possible with Recovery Act Funds

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that grants totaling $1.2 billion in Recovery Act funds will go to improve state and local transit systems in the United States while supporting the creation of jobs and providing much needed transportation options for millions. Many of these grants will pay for paratransit services and accessible public transportation in communities around the country.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires transit agencies to provide paratransit services to people with disabilities who cannot use the fixed bus route or rail service (also known as mainline service). In general, paratransit service must be provided within 3/4 of a mile of a bus route or rail station, at the same hours and days, for no more than twice the regular fixed route fare. The ADA further requires that paratransit rides be provided to all eligible riders if requested any time the previous day, within an hour of the requested time.

Your local Center for Independent Living (CIL) or Protection and Advocacy agency may be able to help resolve eligibility issues.

To find the CIL nearest you, call the National Council on Independent Living at 877-525-3400 or go to www.ncil.org. Also, find it by clicking on your state at the website of Independent Living Research Utilization at www.ilru.org/html/publications/directory/index.html.

To find the Protection and Advocacy agency for your state, contact the National Disability Rights Network at 202-408-9514 or e-mail:info@ndrn.org or www.ndrn.org.

source : MS Foundation

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    A Comprehensive Listing opf Medications used to Fight Multiple Sclerosis

    There is no magic pill that cures MS or relieves all of its symptoms; but there are different medications and therapies, which lessen many symptoms, shorten attacks, and may slow down the expected slow and ongoing progression of Multiple Sclerosis.

    Clicking this link will bring you to a site that provides information of medications used to slow disease progression as well as a very detailed listing of medications used for each symptom of Multiple Sclerosis.

    My thanks go to: Thomas J. Copeland Jr - the creator of the site used in this posting.