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Saturday, April 10, 2010
Emma Hitt, PhD
“Few studies have considered the effects of MS risk factors simultaneously,” Dr. Simon told Medscape Neurology. “Our goal was to investigate whether the observed effects of smoking, anti-EBNA antibody titers, and HLA-DR15 were independent or related, indicating the possibility of shared biological mechanisms,” she said.
The current analysis used data from 3 case-control studies, a nested case-control study in the Nurses' Health Study I and II, a Tasmanian MS study, and a Swedish MS study, including 442 subjects with MS and 865 without MS.
Friday, April 9, 2010
By Robin L. Gardner | Independent Tribune
Published: April 9, 2010
CONCORD - As the saying goes, " when someone hands you lemons, you make lemonade."
Simply put, you make do with what you've been given.
Cabarrus County Deputy Sheriff David Allred, 43, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 13 years ago.
This weekend, he will once again prove that the diagnosis won't define his life as he runs the Charlotte RaceFest Half Marathon & 10K.
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.
Symptoms of MS may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision.
Last spring, Allred attempted something he has worked towards since his diagnosis, the Ford Ironman — a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a complete marathon of 26.2 miles — in Lake Placed, N.Y.
"When you look at what can happen with MS, there were things I wanted to do, and the day may come when I can't. It may or may not," Allred said. "When I was diagnosed, the doctor said, 'you may go 20 years and have no problems or you may go 20 minutes and have a problem.' You just don't know."
So he decided it was time to "start doing things," beginning to train and try to get physically fit. His friends pushed him to run, bike and swim.
"It just kind of grew from one thing to another," Allred said. "There was a lot of help from my wife Julie and my daughter."
Training for events like marathons, of which he has done several, and half-ironman events is very time consuming. An early morning swim at 5 a.m., a run at lunch and then a long bike ride after work can eat up a lot of family time, but Allred is thankful for his family's support.
"It's a big sacrifice, but they are both very supportive, and my wife helps monitor everything," Allred said. "Sometimes I don't notice if I'm a little too fatigued, but she has to live with me so she picks up on it."
Though training can be difficult, Allred said sometimes "he just makes his mind up" to persevere.
"When it's really, really hot, sometimes it makes me a little bit dizzy, but not to bad," Allred said.
He controls the dizziness with cool water.
The treatment for his MS includes the drug Avonex. It is a shot his wife, who is a nurse, administers, and has worked very well for him.
If unable to work due to an MS related disability you might be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance or ...
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Teva to Present New Data on Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease at the 62nd American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting
JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. today announced that several new studies supporting the company’s innovative central nervous system (CNS) portfolio will be presented at the 62nd American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Toronto, April 10-17,2010.
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Monday, April 5, 2010
Monday, April 05, 2010
A 45-year-old U.K. woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis, says bee stings helped her regain her quality of life, London's Daily Mail reported.
Sami Chugg was confined to her bed and unable to move, but after the area around her spine was deliberately stung by 1,500 bees, she feels much better and can walk again.
Bee venom therapy is known in some cultures to relieve the body of pain by reducing inflammation.
"Most people would be terrified by the prospect of being stung by a bee," Chugg said. "But when you have a condition like MS, that involves numbing of the body, any sensation is welcome - even if it's from a bee sting."
There are some risks associated with bee stinging — some people go into anaphylactic shock after being stung.
A MS Society spokesman said trials in the United States on purified bee venom extract have not found any lasting effect on MS sufferers.