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Bone marrow transplant

The Canadian MS society has been funding a bone marrow transplant project -run by Dr Mark Freedman. They take away some bone marrow and freeze it and then kill off your immune system with chemo drugs. The bone marrow is then used to give you a new immune system - hopefully free of the immune cells that are thought to cause MS. The treatment is pretty extreme and one brave patient died. To date some ...
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cannabis may work

Cannabis truly helps people with multiple sclerosis 30 March 2006
Cannabis may loosen the stiff and spastic muscles of people with multiple sclerosis, and not just their minds, a follow-up study has found.
The results contradict findings from the first phase of the study, where improvements seemed to be largely due to "good moods".

“There does seem to be evidence of some benefit from cannabis in the longer term that we didn’t anticipate in the ...
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Testosterone

My Neuro is presenting the following paper at the AAN convention next week in San Diego. Interesting, given the discussions here on endocrine involvement in MS. BTW, I am a male PPMSer with low Testosterone...


Decreased Serum Testosterone Levels in Multiple Sclerosis

Elena V. Simon, Ilir Topalli, Amir Touray, Saud A. Sadiq, New York, NY

OBJECTIVE: To determine if serum testosterone levels are altered in multiple sclerosis (MS). BACKGROUND: MS disease severity and progression ...
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Mononucleosis increases risk of multiple sclerosis

Mononucleosis increases risk of multiple sclerosis


NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infection with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), resulting in infectious mononucleosis, which primarily effects adolescents and young adults, more than doubles the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life, results of a large review of studies suggest.

"Multiple sclerosis is a complicated disease, probably caused by a combination of factors," lead author Evan L. Thacker from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, told ...
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Nixing the Need for the Needle

Nixing the Need for the Needle

New technology for delivering drugs is doing away with one of the most feared, yet enduring, symbols of modern medicine -- the hypodermic needle.

In January, drug giant Pfizer won approval to market inhalable insulin, a product that in three years is expected to produce $1 billion annually as diabetics abandon injections.

The breakthrough is one of the most high-profile advances yet among a small cadre of physicians committed ...
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Low news days

Dear all,

MS news is thin at the moment. At the end of this week the Australian MS Society is holding a conference about prevention possibilities so, hopefully, some news will be forthcoming. Next week the American Neurology Association is holding its annual conference so there might be some news as drugs companies usually provide details of their trials at such events.

In the meantime, two articles - one an account of living with MS ...
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Accuracy Questions in MRI Diagnosis

Questions Over Accuracy Of MRI In Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis


The accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is not sufficient to rule in or rule out a diagnosis of MS with a high degree of certainty, finds a study published online by the BMJ.

MRI has been adopted in England and Wales by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as part of the recommended criteria for diagnosing multiple sclerosis. Although its accuracy has ...
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Induction and blockage of oligodendrogenesis

Clarifying Controversy In Multiple Sclerosis


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a crippling autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS) in which the protective nerve cell coating called myelin is damaged. Although uncontrolled CNS inflammation by immune cells called microglia (MG) and production of the protein TNF-alpha are considered important causes of demyelination and loss of nerve (neuron) function in MS, there is evidence to suggest that a controlled inflammatory response may actually restore damaged myelin ...
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Low dose pesticides

Here's an interesting discussion from the BBC's Farming Today This Week programme. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio4_aod.shtml?radio4/fttw

You hear a contributor, a lady with MS, describing a cluster of people, 5 in all, from a small village in the South of England each of whom contracted MS. She attributes this to the use and drift of pesticides locally.
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Balls

Maybe I'm being over-sensitive but would women really want their brains repaired with stem-cells from testicles?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4841786.stm
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