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More on EBV

We haven't had nearly enough posts on EBV in the last couple of weeks. I hope this article hasn't already been posted.

Epstein-Barr virus may increase risk of multiple sclerosis

Researchers have found that patients with multiple sclerosis carry a population of immune cells that overreact to Epstein-Barr virus.
The virus, which causes mononucleosis and may contribute to some cancers, has long been suspected to play a role in multiple sclerosis. However, the mechanism linking ...
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New animal model

A Beautiful New Model For MS
05 Sep 2006

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the cells of the brain and spinal cord. MS can cause various symptoms, including depression, pain, and impaired mobility. Although it is clear that MS is caused by cells of the immune system inappropriately attacking the cells of the brain and spinal cord, much remains unknown about the disease. For example, what triggers the immune cells to attack; ...
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TENS machine

Hello out there fellow MSers! Has anyone heard of or tried using a TENS machine to rebuild a muscle or muscle group? The central nervous system is affected, often the peripheral nerves are preserved. A Tens machine should function and help build muscle strength it seems. I am thinking of trying it. So, your experience would be greatly appreciated, thanks. Carolew :?
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Statins etc

The UK MS Society provides information on leading UK MS researchers. Attached is the current profile on their website, which is of interest because it mentions statins and also his view that combo treatments are probably the way forward. Although for the life of me I can't imagine anything more boring than studying the blood brain barrier for 16 years (more than some 'life sentences' for murder!). I bet he has some riveting conversations over ...
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Working with MS


We just made our latest free educational booklet available via PDF. It's called 'Working with Multiple Sclerosis'. It was written by one of our supporters who coaches people with chronic illnesses (and has MS herself). It covers issues and tips for dealing with a career when you have MS (although most of it would apply to any chronic illness).

You can get it here:

- Art
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Double blind trials / placebo arm

Just something that has been bothering me from when i was on rebif.

The CRABS generally have noticeable side effects, and have all been tested in double blind, placebo controlled trials.

How do they ensure that the recipients dont KNOW they are getting the actual CRAB? for example, when I took rebif, i suffered from flu like reactions. Therefore, i think if i was in the placebo arm of a rebif trial, i would pretty ...
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Hi everyone,
Not really sure what this means but Opexa is the company that is researching Tovaxin. I am hoping that this means more money for them which I hope will go towards research and marketing of the drug? Anyone with some stock market background that could clarify?

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Stem cell failure

I have attached an article that appeared on the MSRC website. It is of particular importance to me as it was after reading this article that I came to the decsion that should things get worse, I would undertake stem cell treatment:

'Miracle' MS cure dismissed
A young multiple-sclerosis patient who walked for the first time in five years following expensive stem-cell replacement therapy has warned fellow MSers not to waste their money on ...
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Regenerating neurons

Damping down inflammation can be of benefit but atrophy is the cause of disability and the real breakthrough will be replacing the brain cells we have lost. Here is some positive news in this area.


Harvard scientists identify compounds that stimulate stem cell growth in the brain

Scientists at Harvard University have identified key compounds that stimulate stem cell growth in the brain, which may one day lead to restored function for people ...
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