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Sunshine and doxycycline

Along with the seasonal change in the northern hemisphere to longer, sunnier days, I thought it might be wise to remind people taking doxycycline that they should avoid prolonged unprotected exposure to the sun. Although on vacation at the moment, David went in to the hospital today to check his mail and found a few people experiencing rashes and suchlike, so please remember your sunscreen and/or sunhats and long sleeves.

Sarah ...
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Stem Cell Innovations

Stem Cell Innovations, Inc. files patents relating to production of human motor neurons and progenitors

Cells may be useful in therapies for ALS, Parkinson´s, Multiple Sclerosis and other Neuroodegenerative Diseases.

Stem Cell Innovations, Inc. has filed a patent application protecting the differentiation of its proprietary human pluripotent stem cells (PCs) into neural progenitor cells and purified populations of motor neurons. These cells will initially be used in the Company´s core drug discovery and toxicology platform. ...
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EU recommends restricted availability

Recommendations on Tysabri release restriction

28 April 2006 11:56

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended that the multiple sclerosis treatment drug, Tysabri, should be made available to patients on a restricted basis.

Tysabri was withdrawn from the market early in 2005 after some US patients who had been treated with the drug in combination with other medication developed the brain disease, PML.

The decision led to the collapse of Élan's share price.

Since then ...
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Avonex v/s Copaxone in SPMS

I've been Googling all day. I'm not finding much. If you can point me in the right direction, I'd love to have some links. Our Neuro is recommending getting off Avonex and onto Copaxone and maybe adding Novantrone. Right now I'm mainly interested in trying to weigh Avonex v/s Copaxone. I'm not interested in side effects, the goal is walking. Problem is Secondary Progressive MS.

Here's what I've found so far:

1) Avonex is generally ...
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12 tesla MRI

I guess this will help with MS research.

OHSU Joins The NIH In Obtaining A "two-of-a-kind" MRI Magnet

27 Apr 2006 - As OHSU's new Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) continues its expansion, the major component of the final, and most unique instrument for the world-class facility has arrived. On Saturday, April 22, the AIRC took delivery of a 12Tesla (T) magnet, the centerpiece of a rare and cutting-edge MRI system.

"This state-of-the-art 12T system ...
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Chiropractic medicine

Not looking for a MS cure...but I have a lot of muscle tension and pain in my back and hips...numbness/tingling in my hands...any experience with chiropractic adjustment?

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Is MRI really effective in diagnosing MS?

Very interesting information. See link. I would consider this to be very important.
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Aimspro available in the UK

This article was on the MSRC site but it looks like advertising - so please delete Arron if it breaches any rules.

The area where I live in London is where a GP was giving out Aimspro on an informed consent basis. My MS nurse told me that a couple of her patients had used it and she had seen no positive effect on them.

The price seems high for a drug that has not ...
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Given that the Swedes gave us MS (according to some researchers who have tracked the spread), it's good to see that they are doing something to rectify the situation:

Neurons In CNS Can Regulate Immune System And Suppress Inflammatory Conditions Of CNS

The neurons in the central nervous system (CNS) are reported to have a previously unknown ability to regulate the immune system and suppress inflammatory conditions of the CNS.

This was published by ...
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History of EBV and MS

The association between Epstein-Barr Virus and MS has been studied for a long time and continues to be a topic of significant interest. I was curious to see just how long this has been going on. References to EBV and MS in Pubmed start in the mid-1970s.

Anyhow, just for fun (ok, maybe not fun...) here are a few examples of Pubmed article abstracts that are all AT LEAST 20 years old:

Arch Neurol. 1980 ...
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