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Infections and relapses

Infection may raise MS relapse risk

Results of a study of adults with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis point to a significant association between viral and bacterial infections and increased risk of relapse.

Investigators, in a report in the journal Neurology, note that published epidemiologic environmental observations point to infection as a possible causative factor or trigger in the onset of MS.

"Microorganisms induce strong immune responses specific for their own antigens, but microbial infections can ...
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This is an old story so not sure why it's news again. Seems a safe and inexpensive treatment. Not sure why they can't test it on 50 male MS patients for a year and then, if positive results are seen, add it to the armoury!

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The makers of Sativex are seeking the treatment to be licenced in the UK and Europe. It has been licenced in Canada for some time. Has anyone from Canada had any experience of this treatment?

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I'm noticing a lot of research abstracts mentioning p53 lately. I don't have a clue what it is, but if you look through old posts at ThisIsMS, you'll see some threads from OddDuck and BioDocFL talking a bit about it. I also just saw this abstract from last year from Vanderbilt and one of the oft-referenced researchers around here, Sriram.

Defective ATM-p53-mediated apoptotic pathway in multiple sclerosis.

Ann Neurol. 2005 Oct;58(4):577-84.
Deng X, Ljunggren-Rose A, ...
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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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