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Friday, September 13, 2019
Genentech Presents New Six-Year Ocrevus (Ocrelizumab) Data Which Showed That Earlier Initiation and Continuation of Treatment Reduced Disability Progression in Multiple Sclerosis
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Genentech’s Satralizumab Significantly Reduced Relapse Risk in Second Positive Phase III Study for Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder
74% reduction in the risk of relapse for satralizumab monotherapy versus placebo in people with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) with aquaporin-4 antibodies (AQP4-IgG seropositive patients) Satralizumab demonstrated a similar safety profile compared to placebo in two Phase III studies across a broad population Satralizumab targets the interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor, a key driver of NMOSD
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
By David Spero, RN
Medically Reviewed by Samuel Mackenzie, MD, PhD
Have you found yourself clumsier or less coordinated since you developed multiple sclerosis (MS)? Is your walking affected?
One approach that may give you your rhythm back is music therapy — a type of therapy that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, or social needs of individuals.
How can music help with MS? Barbara Seebacher, PhD, a physiotherapist based in Innsbruck, Austria, explains:
“There are three different brain centers responsible for the timing of movement: the motor cortex, the basal ganglia, and the cerebellum. One or another of these can be damaged by stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple sclerosis.”
Music can often supply the timing that has been damaged, helping your body to work more smoothly.
Neurological music therapist Brian Harris, a founder of MedRhythms in Boston, says, “When you hear a rhythm, a song, or a metronome, it activates the auditory system, which activates the motor system at a subconscious level.”
This process is called “entrainment.” Harris says, “The rhythm is telling your brain to tell your body to move. For people who have damage to the brain, using rhythm can engage undamaged areas to help people move. We have quantifiable data on this. People walk faster; they have longer strides. You can see the changes on neurological imaging.”
Monday, September 9, 2019
Do you ever feel like your energy levels disappear during the day? If so, you’re not alone. One of the hardest parts of living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is fatigue.
Understanding how sleep impacts the mind and the link between sleep disorders and mental illness.
IN THIS ARTICLE
Sleep for the brain is like gas for a car. When the tank is full we get where we need to be. But as time goes on, the gauge falls lower and lower until the gas is gone and the car stops. Without the fuel it needs, the car is useless.
Our brains operate in a similar way. The only difference is the brain’s fuel is sleep. Without proper sleep, our minds begin to slow, unable to operate at their full potential. This happens until the mind becomes so deprived of the rest it needs, it breaks down. And without the commander-in-chief acting accordingly, the rest of the body pays the price.
In this guide, we are going to deep dive into the complex relationship between sleep and mental health, including how these two aspects of health are inversely related, the consequences of sleep deprivation on the mind, and the link between sleep disorders and mental health disorders.
You ready? We’re really about to exercise your mind.
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