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relapse or something worse?

Hello all, I am brand new to the community. I was diagnosed with relapse/remitting MS in 2008. After a year or so on Copaxone, I got lazy and stopped taking the drug and my doc put me on Tysabri about two and a half years ago. All was going well until may/june of this year when I went in for my treatments every five weeks instead of the standard four week schedule. I did this ...
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JCV index

I am JCV+. I used tysabri 73 times. I switched to tecfidera, used it for 4 months.
My neuro had me stop taking it. I had 1 flare and developed psoriasis while on tecfidera.
I want to get back on tysabri. I did the index blood test and I am a .46.
Does anyone know what this means? I want to know what my risk of PML is.
I have used Avonex, Rebif, Tysabri, and ...
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PML Cases now reach 418

As of November 5, there are now 418 known cases of PML, 8 more than from the previous month. Don't know if there are any more deaths.
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PML Cases now reach 410!

The number of known PML cases has now reached 410, an increase of 9 over the previous month. Don't know how many more deaths are involved in this number.

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IgM antibody identifies good candidates for natalizumab

Researchers in Spain have identified lipid-specific antibody bands in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that are associated with an aggressive presentation of multiple sclerosis (MS), and patients with these antibodies seem to have a much lower risk for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) with natalizumab therapy (Tysabri, Biogen Idec).

"The presence of lipid-specific IgM bands in the CSF signals patients with aggressive disease and highly activated immune systems," said Luisa Villar, PhD, Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, ...
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Tysabri may be possible for more MS patients with new test

A blood test for L-selectin expression on circulating immune cells may identify multiple sclerosis patients who could safely receive natalizumab (Tysabri) despite past exposure to the JC virus, a small study presented here suggested.

All MS patients taking natalizumab who developed the rare but life-threatening brain inflammation called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in the study had very low levels of L-selectin expression, which was not seen in other patients who did not develop PML or ...
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New Tysabri data from ECTRIMS

New Tysabri data show earlier treatment & longer-term use result in significant reductions in MS disease activity

Biogen Idec announced results from several new analyses of Tysabri(R) (natalizumab) data that demonstrate its effectiveness in reducing multiple sclerosis (MS) disease activity. This effect was particularly significant in people with relapsing MS who initiated treatment when they had lower Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) scores as well as in those who have been treated for more than ...
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Short survey for my school leaving examination work :)

Dear MS-Patient,

Twelve years ago my mother came down with MS. The nescience about this theme has really employed me. That’s why I decided to make my work for general qualification for university entrance about this interesting issue.
I’m conscious of not-being the first guy who wants to do this and I’m also not the last one. However I would be really thankful if you would take just five or ten minutes to answer to ...
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Biogen Idec, Elan facing suits over MS drug side effects

Despite living with multiple sclerosis since 1997, Kimberley A. Yout kept a busy schedule, working full time as a money manager for a Boston bank and modeling in her spare time.

That changed on Aug. 28 of last year when Yout, 45, was diagnosed with a rare brain infection that developed as a side effect of Tysabri, a drug she took for six years to keep her MS in check. Yout’s speech became slurred, her ...
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Tysabri rebound?

There is some research data about "tysabri rebound" effect.. but what causes it? Is there any scientific data about it?
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