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Vitamin D casts cancer prevention in new light

Vitamin D casts cancer prevention in new light
MARTIN MITTELSTAEDT
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
April 28, 2007 at 1:20 AM EDT

For decades, researchers have puzzled over why rich northern countries have cancer rates many times higher than those in developing countries — and many have laid the blame on dangerous pollutants spewed out by industry.
But research into vitamin D is suggesting both a plausible answer to this medical puzzle and a heretical ...
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Cancer, MS and vitamin D

Cancer, MS and Vitamin D

With respect to vitamin D, I believe the MS community is a microcosm of the cancer realm. Prior to this past week, there existed many statistical analyses and observational studies which demonstrated a strong link between vitamin D deficiency and cancer prevalence.

Of course there were the obvious questions about the role of vitamin D as far as cancer prevention and active cancer therapy. The necessary dosage and toxicity were ...
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Naive B cells and IL-10

Cytokines are the molecules which cells use to communicate with each other. Some of them, like IL-10, turn down inflammation, while others turn it up. In MS the levels of these molecules are out of balance, with too little IL-10 being produced.
It seems that IL-10 is normally made by "naive" B cells, which are "blank" cells that haven't been exposed to enemy tissue, while the inflammatory cytokines are made by "memory" B cells, which ...
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toxicity in the womb

There seems to be a drought of MS-specific stories at the moment, but I thought this raised an interesting possibility: that environmental toxins could play havoc with our immune systems before we're even born...

Prenatal toxicity linked to immune dysfunctions in later life
A Cornell researcher and his wife have conducted the first comprehensive review of later-life diseases that develop in people who were exposed to environmental toxins or drugs either in the womb or ...
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Support Growing for SSDI/SSI Reform

Following please find my editorial that is being published next week in the Access Press newspaper in Minnesota which addresses disability issues. A full page story is also being published this month in the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's magazine, MSFocus, as well as in the Accelerated Cure project's next newsletter, and in the June issue of New Mobility Magazine.

The changes I am proposing have the potential to actually save tax dollars while extending much needed ...
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Drug info

For those of you who like to know about the meds you are taking (especially off label), the following web site contains a wealth of info, and has a free trial period.

http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/
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Natalizumab in multiple sclerosis: unclear patient benefits




* Schipper JP.

Ziekenhuis Bethesda, afd. Neurologie, Dr.G.H.Amshoffweg i, 7909 AA Hoogeveen. schipper.j@bethesda.nl

Two large randomised clinical trials were published in March 2006 that evaluated the effect of natalizumab on the incidence of disease exacerbation in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Both trials showed that natalizumab reduces the incidence of MS exacerbations, but it is unclear whether patients ultimately benefited ...
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Still no evidence on the efficacy of immunomodulatory therap

Still no evidence on the efficacy of immunomodulatory therapy in reducing functional impairment in multiple sclerosis



* Vermeulen M.

Academisch Medisch Centrum/Universiteit van Amsterdam, afd. Neurologie, Postbus 22.660, II00 DD Amsterdam.. m.vermeulen@amc.uva.nl

Immunomodulatory therapy reduces the rate of relapse in multiple sclerosis (MS) by 30% in the first year of treatment; the effect in the second year is uncertain. Relapse is caused by the effects of inflammation ...
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MS simulator machine

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Just maybe of interest to some...
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Th1 and Th2 responses: what are they?

This paper makes a few oft heard terms a little more understandable. I'm not certain of the exact date but I THINK it's from August 12, 2000.
Bob

Th1 and Th2 responses: what are they?

Abi Berger, science editor.

BMJ

Cytokines are the hormonal messengers responsible for most of the biological effects in the immune system, such as cell mediated immunity and allergic type responses. Although they are numerous, cytokines can be functionally divided into ...
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