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Racial difference in MS distribution and severity

I hadn't heard of this before, but it's another incongruity in the distribution of MS:

Public release date: 2-Jul-2007

Contact: Michael C. Purdy
Washington University School of Medicine

Antibody linked to MS significantly higher in spinal fluid of blacks
St. Louis — An antibody frequently used as a diagnostic marker for multiple sclerosis (MS) is present at greater ...
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Oligoclonal bands

I've always wondered if o bands had anything to do with the current state or progression of MS so this was interesting to me.

Cerebrospinal fluid oligoclonal bands and progression of disability in multiple sclerosis.
Koch M, Heersema D, Mostert J, Teelken A, De Keyser J.
Department of Neurology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.

Antibody-mediated inflammation is believed to contribute to tissue injury in ...
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Research articles

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Any good news stories? 20+ years and doing ok?

I was out driving today looking for yard sales, craft shops, antiques, etc. and I ended up in a very rural area at a little consignment shop. While I'm in there a woman comes in and there is a man behind her. I don't notice anything until this woman 'stage whispers' to the woman behind the counter that this guy has ms and his wife has thrown him out of the house. She is trying ...
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Why inflammation goes on too long

The article below is a real tongue twister, but it brings together quite a few things which keep cropping up in relation to MS: TNF-alpha, arachidonic acid, (which is part of the glutamate cascade), the Rho proteins and oxidants. It shows how they work together to prevent white blood cells from clearing away dead cells and thus prolong inflammation. We already know that inflammation can be protective in the short term but is a source ...
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Nicotine, but NOT smoking, and health benefits

Over the past decade, new research has taught us more about how nicotine affects the brain and the body. Some of it is good news -- for example, a lower incidence of Alzheimer's disease in smokers. Research has pointed to a compound called acetylcholine as the reason. Nicotine is structurally similar to acetylcholine, a naturally-occurring compound that serves as a neurotransmitter. Nicotine binds to nerve receptors and makes nerve cells fire more frequently. In one ...
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Social conflict exacerbates an animal model of MS

Trauma Violence Abuse. 2007 Jul;8(3):314-30.

Social conflict exacerbates an animal model of multiple sclerosis.

Meagher MW, Johnson RR, Vichaya EG, Young EE, Lunt S, Welsh CJ.
Texas A&M University, Department of Psychology.

A growing body of evidence suggests that social conflict is associated with inflammatory disease onset and exacerbations in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and in animal models of MS. This review illustrates how animal research can be used to elucidate the biobehavioral mechanisms underlying ...
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Dog cancer vaccine could help humans

I keep saying.."to live a dog's life!!!"
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Men, women equally pass on genetic risk of MS

Updated Wed. Jun. 27 2007 4:00 PM ET News Staff

Men and women with multiple sclerosis equally transmit the genetic risk of the disease to their children, concludes a Canadian study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The research contradicts results of a recent study that found fathers were more likely than mothers to transmit the risk of developing MS to their children.

Researchers studied 3,088 Canadian families ...
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Glial cells

New insight into the mechanism by which glial cells recognise and myelinate axons 27 June 2007

In a host of neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS) and several neuropathies, the protective covering surrounding the nerves - an insulating material called myelin - is damaged.
Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science have now discovered an important new line of communication between nervous system cells that is crucial to the development of myelinated nerves - ...
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