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Dear all,

Many experts consider MS to have an infectious cause (for those with genetic susceptibility)

Dr Giovannoni is one of my neuros and is interested in the role of EBV. I saw today that he has been given a grant to do further research on this. Once infected with EBV (90% of the population) the virus remains for life in B cells. Rituxan which depletes B cells is currently in trial for MS, so ...
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Attached is the Boston Cure Project's summary of the ECTRIMS conference: ... =nocomment

I like the description of EAE as
"the devil's tool"
. It's sad that even the experts know it is a crap model but carry on regardless. Given that MS might have an infectious cause (EBV, Cpn etc), I don't believe that this forms part of the EAE model.
Read more : ECTRIMS 2006 | Views : 1051 | Replies : 1 | Forum : General Discussion

MS Fitness Challenge Tampa

Hello everyone,

I am new to the forum, I dont have MS but I work for the Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Just wanted to tell everyone of an event we are hosting at the USF Sundome on Oct 28th at 9am - 2pm. Were calling it the MS Fitness Challenge, were going to have events like spinning, obstacle courses, children activities, basketball, silent auction, and a ...
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Bill Bryson

I'm reading a book right now by Bill Bryson called "A Walk in the Woods". It is sooooo funny (gratuitous American Pie reference) and extremely well written. I recommend to anyone. Great read.
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Yesterday I had an MRI w&w/o gladolinium. I continued on to work afterwards but my arms and legs felt a little numb, and they feel somewhat worse this morning as if I've had a relapse. Granting that MRI's are next to worthless since lesions have nothing to do with either disease status or progression is it possible they're also harmful? I couldn't find any google on this at all, has anyone else felt crappy after ...
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Betaferon vs. Rebif for site reactions

Should make those of you on Betaseron happy, I happen to be on Rebif :cry: Either way I bet an oral medication will hurt even less :lol:

Betaferon Causes Less Injection Site Pain and Injection Site Reactions Than Rebif in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis: Presented at ECTRIMS
By Bruce Sylvester

MADRID, SPAIN -- October 4, 2006 ...
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Tysabri now in Canada.

Health Canada Grants Approval of TYSABRI(TM) (natalizumab) for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis Following Priority Review

Wednesday October 4, 8:00 am ET
First New Class of Treatment in Ten Years Shown to Reduce Rate of Relapses by 68%(1)

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario & DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Biogen Idec Canada and Elan Corporation, plc announced today that following a priority review process, Health Canada has granted approval to TYSABRI(TM) (natalizumab) for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS).(2) TYSABRI ...
Read more : Tysabri now in Canada. | Views : 1853 | Replies : 3 | Forum : Tysabri (Antegren or Natalizumab)


My name is Jenn, and I was dx'd with RRMS a year ago. I started Avonex about 5 months ago, and am happy with that decision so far. The relapse that led to my dx was severe, and I now use a walker or cane if I'm not at home. I can't drive much anymore, which stinks, but I can live with it.

I am 30 years old, married for 7 yrs, and we ...
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Does anyone know anything about SF1019? Apparently, Alan Osmond has used it for his MS, with success. It could be similar to Aimspro and does not have FDA approval. It may be a furphy but who knows?
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Cannabinoid-Based drug Savitex Appears Helpful for Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis: Presented at ECTRIMS
By Bruce Sylvester

MADRID, SPAIN -- October 3, 2006 -- Patients with progressive multiple sclerosis showed statistically significant improvement in spasticity-related symptoms following treatment with the cannabinoid-based drug Savitex, researchers reported here at the 22nd Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS).

"Since the subjects were able to self titrate the drug, they chose their own ...
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