Positive MS News: October 2013

From acupuncture to meat and from J.K. Rowling to Dancing with the Stars, find good news about MS in October’s overview of positive news articles!

  1. Childhood Stress Not a Likely Trigger for MS
    Stressful life events in childhood did not appear to increase the subsequent risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers said. In large Danish cohort study, children who experienced stressful life events had a weak 1.11-fold risk (95% CI 1.02-1.20) of later developing MS compared with unexposed children, according to Nete Munk Nielsen, MD, PhD, from Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, and colleagues.
  2. New TYSABRI® Data Show Earlier Treatment and Longer-Term Use Result in Significant Reductions in MS Disease Activity
    Earlier Treatment with TYSABRI Demonstrated Reduction in Relapse Severity, Accelerated Relapse Recovery and Greater Potential for No Clinical or MRI Activity – – TYSABRI Use Beyond Two Years Continued to Reduce Disability Progression and Maintained Very Low Relapse Rates.
  3. Teva: Laquinimod reduces brain damage in MS patients
    Laquinimod might also help treat Crohn’s disease, lupus nephritis, Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
  4. Filmmaker Jason DaSilva documented his struggle with MS over the course of many years.
    This will be a very interesting and uplifting film about MS, please watch the trailer and read more on Jason DaSilva here and here.
  5. The 14 Best Multiple Sclerosis iPhone & Android Apps
    According to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 200 people every week are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. 2.5 million people worldwide have MS. Although there is no cure for this autoimmune disease, there are treatments to slow the progression and allow patients to live longer. Smartphone apps can help you manage your MS and live a more comfortable life. Click through for reviews of some of our favorites.
  6. Top MS book written by local MS specialists
    Dr. Moses Rodriguez, Dr. Orhun Kantarci and Dr. Istvan Pirko co-authored a complex but digestible text called “Multiple Sclerosis,” which is part of the Oxford Press Contemporary Neurology Series. It is the most relevant current guide to the disease, intended as a resource for both patients and their health providers.
  7. Cannabidiol Could Help Treat Multiple Sclerosis
    The Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology has published a study showing that marijuana contains chemical compounds that could help treat Multiple Sclerosis-like diseases by preventing inflammation in the spinal cord and brain.
  8. Montel Williams’ MS Routine: A Juice Diet and Regular Exercise
    Montel Williams has launched a new online health and fitness show that will bring viewers  health and science news. We caught up with Williams to get the skinny on the show, and how he stays healthy while living with multiple sclerosis. The TV host told us about his low-calorie diet, rigorous exercise routine and mental calming techniques.
  9. New Zealand Biotech Firm Gets U.S. Funding for Promising Multiple Sclerosis Drug
    A New Zealand biotechnology company, CuroNZ, received funding from the US National Multiply Sclerosis Society worth $540,000 to be used in pre-clinical studies. The Auckland-based firm will begin testing the Neural Regeneration Peptides (NRPs) as a possible treatment to multiple sclerosis which affects 2.5 million people all over the world.
  10. Melbourne team uncovers multiple sclerosis breakthrough
    MELBOURNE scientists say they have made a major breakthrough in unravelling the cause of multiple sclerosis, by identifying 48 previously unknown genetic variants that influence the risk of developing the incurable auto-immune disease.
  11. Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis – New Findings
    New research concludes that acupuncture “significantly improves the quality of life” for multiple sclerosis patients. Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease of the brain and spinal cord that causes a wide range of symptoms including pain, numbness, visual problems, speech problems, cognitive impairment, muscle spasms and depression. Acupuncture was shown to reduce both pain and depression. In addition, acupuncture significantly improved mobility in the eyes.
  12. Man with multiple sclerosis becomes first disabled person to skydive over Mount Everest
    A French multiple sclerosis sufferer became the first disabled person to skydive over Mount Everest, successfully completing his landing on Sunday before being taken to hospital as a precaution.
  13. Bacteria May Cause Multiple Sclerosis
    A common bacteria found in soil has been detected in humans for the first time, leading scientists to believe it may trigger multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic autoimmune disease. It also gives them hope for finding a new treatment or even a cure for MS.
  14. ‘Radical’ stem cell trial offers hope for MS sufferers
    Jason McIntyre’s autoimmune system is dead. The rest of him isn’t feeling much better. Eleven days ago he underwent an aggressive chemotherapy, not for the sake of killing cancer – but to knock out every skerrick of protection his body has against infection.
  15. Gene discovery points to immune link between cancer and multiple sclerosis
    A genetic variant previously shown to be a risk factor for multiple sclerosis (MS) has been linked to a type of cancer called Hodgkin lymphoma – suggesting a common mechanism could be at work in the two diseases.
  16. More Genetic Clues to Autoimmune Disorders Discovered
    Researchers say their new findings could lead to targeted therapies for conditions like ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease.
  17. Toxin-Emitting Bacteria May Be Environmental Trigger for MS
    Researchers may have unearthed a trigger for multiple sclerosis (MS) that’s been hiding in plain sight. Scientists from Weill Cornell Medical College and Rockefeller University have identified a bacterium they believe can trigger MS—and it’s found just about everywhere, including dirt… and meat.
  18. New Market Report Now Available: Multiple Sclerosis Therapeutics to 2019 – Treatment Diversification, Increasing Efficacy
    Currently there are a number of disease-modifying drugs in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) market that are indicated for the treatment of relapsing forms of the disease, specifically reducing the frequency of disease relapses. The market is led by Copaxone, which achieved global sales of $4 billion in 2012. Over the forecast period 2012-2019, a variety of new drugs are due to enter the market that will offer a vast improvement in efficacy but also convenience, as many of these drugs are orally administered.
  19. Multiple Ssclerosis: Functional Change in Brain as Cause of Cognitive Disorders
    MS patients generally often have problems with fading out what is unimportant. Says head of the study Veronika Schöpf: “They are practically in continuous alarm mode.” The attention system is too highly activated and also notices — for example when watching the television or when talking to someone — completely unimportant extraneous noises.
  20. Controversial Treatment May Not Help MS Patients
    A theory claiming that multiple sclerosis (MS) is caused by the narrowing of veins in the neck appears to be unfounded, Canadian researchers report.
  21. Venous narrowing not linked to MS
    There is no association between MS (multiple sclerosis) and venous narrowing, specifically the narrowing of the veins from the brain to the heart (extracranial veins), researchers reported in The Lancet. For more, please visit this website: http://opinion.financialpost.com/2013/10/09/terence-corcoran-the-miracle-media-cure-for-ms-that-wasnt/
  22. Exercise for the Mind in MS
    recent research suggests that exercise could benefit multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with depression.
  23. Imaging Shows Increased Iron in Brains of MS Patients
    A small study led by Ravi Menon of the Robarts Research Institute found iron deposits in deep gray matter of the brains of undiagnosed MS patients, suggesting the accumulation occurs very early in the disease.  Researchers also found evidence casting doubt on the controversial liberation therapy that constricted neck veins are to blame for MS.
  24. Walking Speed a Good Gauge of MS Disability, Study Says
    Measuring the walking speed of multiple sclerosis patients can help doctors assess progression of the disease and the severity of disability, a new study suggests.
  25. Researchers from Italy Report that Skin Tissue May Hold Promise for Treating Multiple Sclerosis
    Researchers in Milan, Italy reported that stem cells derived from mouse skin tissue were able to reduce nervous system damage in mice with a disease similar to multiple sclerosis, offering further evidence for the possibility that stem cells from patients might in the future be used for cell therapy to treat MS.
  26. Jack Osbourne wants to win Dancing With The Stars ‘for all of us with MS’
    Writing on his Facebook page, Jackrevealed his worries about whether the disease would affect his ability to perform in the gruelling competition.
  27. J. K. Rowling opens multiple sclerosis clinic in memory of her late mother
    AFTER donating a whopping £10 million pounds in 2010 to a new multiple sclerosis clinic – J.K. Rowling yesterday unveiled the new facility at Edinburgh University. For more, please visit this webpage here.

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