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New DNA software may improve MS diagnosis and treatment

Researchers from UC San Francisco, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Yale School of Medicine recently developed a software tool that helps researchers understand the complex genetic origins of many autoimmune diseases and, ultimately, to better diagnose and treat them. The study was published yesterday in Nature...... Read More -
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Loss of Bowel & Bladder Control and Memory Impairment

Hi! I'm Melissa and 38 years old with 4 rotten boys! They are 17, 16, 14 and 11. I only gave birth to the 11 and 14 year old. The other two are my step-sons. That's just a little about me.
I know this is long, so thank you so much for taking the time to read it!
About 1 year ago I started having bladder control problems. Every single time I get out of ...
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Cortical veins under 7 tesla MRI

It seems that they are able to detect oxygen percentages and to use it as biomarker.

Quantitative oxygen extraction fraction from 7-Tesla MRI phase: reproducibility and application in multiple sclerosis.

Quantitative oxygen extraction fraction (OEF) in cortical veins was studied in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and healthy subjects via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) phase images at 7 Tesla (7 T).

Flow-compensated, three-dimensional gradient-echo scans were acquired ...

Milk - not so good

For many years, some people have been advising no dairy if you have ms.
Today, an interesting article just came out about milk and it's possible effects on health. This quote is especially interesting:

'The research team cited another reason for their skepticism: D-galactose. This is produced by the body as it breaks down lactose, the sugar in milk. Studies in animals have shown that chronic exposure to the nutrient causes “oxidative stress damage, chronic ...
Read more : Milk - not so good | Views : 60 | Replies : 0 | Forum : General Discussion

Need feedback on the use of Rituxan

My neuro made a personal call to me this morning. My ms is acting particularly aggressive lately. He wants me to start rituxan. Does it work for you? What side effects have you experienced? How often have you had treatment? Do you get treatment intraveneously or intrathecally? Do they even offer this treatment intrathecally? I want to go in with my eyes wide open.

Read more : Need feedback on the use of Rituxan | Views : 28 | Replies : 0 | Forum : Rituxan (Rituximab)

Cuts to employment and support allowance 'considered'

Ministers are considering drastically cutting the main Employment and Support Allowance sickness benefit, internal documents seen by the BBC suggest.

New claimants, judged to be capable of work with appropriate support, could be given just 50p more per week than people on job seekers allowance.

Current recipients get almost £30 per week more..... Read More -
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The Trouble with Antibiotics

The PBS program Frontline recently aired a documentary on antibiotics, "The Trouble with Antibiotics." It discusses the cause of and problems associated with antibiotic resistance.

The full show is available for free. ... tibiotics/
Read more : The Trouble with Antibiotics | Views : 66 | Replies : 3 | Forum : Antibiotics

Irish HSE rejects MS drug Fampridine again

Irish health service executive rejects MS drug Fampridine again

Decision comes as a blow to patients who are paying up to €500 a month for Fampridine.

The Health Service Executive has rejected a second application from the makers of a drug that helps people with multiple sclerosis to walk to have it covered by State-funded drug schemes...... Read More -
Read more : Irish HSE rejects MS drug Fampridine again | Views : 30 | Replies : 0 | Forum : Ampyra

new diagnosis- fast diagnosis

Since I read this forum a few times a week, I figured I may as well register and introduce myself!
I'm 34 and was diagnosed after a whirlwind of less than 6 months of symptoms. On May 29, I was walking across the parking lot at work when my feet both suddenly went numb, as if they were asleep. The tingling persisted for days…then weeks..and random other symptoms started happening. Numb spots on my ...
Read more : new diagnosis- fast diagnosis | Views : 78 | Replies : 7 | Forum : Introductions

first neuro appt soon - advice?

Hello :)
I wasn't sure if I wanted to actually register and post.. I'm trying not to get too focused on a possible diagnosis, since I am still in the middle of all this. But I decided to at least post a Hello, since I am reading a lot here. Perhaps someone has some insight about what to anticipate at my next dr appt.

A little about ...
Read more : first neuro appt soon - advice? | Views : 69 | Replies : 2 | Forum : Undiagnosed


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