Updated guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology recommend plasma exchange (plasmapheresis) for the treatment of certain types of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other inflammatory neurological conditions, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy).
Plasma exchange involves replacing the plasma (the liquid part of a person’s blood) with plasma from a donor. Plasma exchange removes factors in the blood’s plasma thought to play a role in these disorders.
The time-consuming therapy involves separating the plasma from other blood components such as blood cells, replacing the plasma, and returning the other components. Risks may include....Read More here
Are you troubled day and night by your legs which you just can’t stop from jittering? The symptom is known as Restless Leg Syndrome, and current research still lacks substantial information about its causes and why it affects people of all age brackets. It’s most evident during sleep when one cannot keep at least one leg from moving. The symptom only dies down when one is constantly moving.
The symptoms range from mild to severe, possibly disabling for persons in extreme cases. Some scientists theorize...Continue Reading Another article on restless legs syndrome http://www.shiftworkdisorder.com/?scgUi5wn
Guidelines For The Treatment Of Multiple Sclerosis Published
Plasma exchange, formally known as plasmapheresis, is the process of taking blood out of the body, removing constituents in the blood’s plasma thought to be harmful, and then transfusing the rest of the blood (mainly red blood cells) mixed with replacement plasma back into the body.
The guideline recommends doctors consider using plasma exchange as a...Continue reading
Turmeric has so many benefits. Besides known as a spice in foods, also often used for cosmetic materials, textiles, as well as treatment. In India, women like to use turmeric powder on the body and face to give a golden sheen on the skin. Turmeric is also one of colorants in foods such as cheese, mustard and butter. In addition, the researchers are now finding that ... Continue reading
Medicinal pot patients might get protections | Northwest News - The News Tribune
Medical marijuana patients in Washington could have protection from arrest in 2012 if the Legislature adopts a bill making reforms to the voter-approved law authorizing use of the drug for some terminal and debilitating illnesses.
Multiple sclerosis and pregnancy - SteadyHealth Info Center
Women affected by multiple sclerosis do not have to avoid pregnancy. The disease does not interfere with the course of pregnancy and labor and there is no evidence that it increases the risk of miscarriages, stillbirths or fetal complications. Actually, symptoms of multiple sclerosis usually Continue Reading
Image via WikipediaIs multiple sclerosis a treatable condition?
With a promising new oral medication recently made available, multiple sclerosis (MS) is now more than ever a treatable condition.
MS is a lifelong disease of the brain and spinal cord that begins in early adulthood and afflicts women two times as often as men. Treatments have typically included either injections or infusions for the patient's lifetime. Injections are painful, cause flu-like symptoms and focal disfigurement, and are a psychological reminder of the lifelong illness. Infusions, although less frequent, require traveling to infusion centers.
That is why there is such great excitement about Continue Reading
Toronto draft pick isn't letting his multiple sclerosis beat him - Dirty Tackle - World Soccer - Yahoo! Sports
With the 26th overall pick in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, Toronto FC took 21-year-old defender Demetrius Omphroy from the University of California (pictured above, No. 11). A great day for him made all the greater considering this is actually his second chance at living his dream of being a professional footballer. His first chance was ended before he could sign a contract with a European club at the age of 17 because of a sudden loss of vision in one eye. For years his condition went undiagnosed, until it was finally officially diagnosed as multiple sclerosis in 2010.Though Omphroy missed that first shot READ MORE
Potential therapeutic target for multiple sclerosis identified | Health | News India
Canadian scientists have identified a potential therapeutic target for multiple sclerosis (MS).
Multiple sclerosis is a disease caused by damage to myelin – the protective covering wrapped around the nerves of the central nervous system
Using a mouse model, researchers at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary have discovered that a molecular switch called EMMPRIN plays an important role in MS.
They explored how in MS, EMMPRIN affects MMPs and the entry of leukocytes into the CNS to result in disease activity.
“In our studies we Read More Journal of Neuroscience
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On January 11, 2011, join Dr. Timothy Coetzee, Chief Research Officer of the National MS Society, as he moderates a panel of experts during a live webcast about “Repairing the Nervous System in MS: Progress and Next Steps", focusing on protecting and repairing the brain and spinal cord in people with multiple sclerosis.
Research on stopping MS progression
Understanding the causes of damage in MS
Imaging tools to track damage and repair
Treatment approaches on the horizon to repair the nervous system and restore function in people with MS
Myelin Repair Foundation Identifies 40+ Possible Repurposing Opportunities for Next Generation Multiple Sclerosis Therapy | Business Wire
The analysis of publicly available data was conducted by the MRF Drug Discovery Advisory Board of outside biopharmaceutical experts to aid the Foundation in prioritizing the overwhelming number of targets generated in its funded laboratories at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Case Western Reserve University, University of California-San Francisco and the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
“From day one, we set out to find ways to accelerate the time to market for this next generation MS therapy. This analysis gives us critical information to engage read more
Important Information for Betaseron® (interferon beta 1-b) Consumers Regarding Triad Group's Alcohol...
WAYNE, N.J., Jan. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --- Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals has become aware of a broad United States market recall of alcohol prep pads, swabs and swabsticks manufactured by the Triad Group and marketed under various brand names. In the interest of patient safety, Bayer wants to ensure that U.S. patients and physicians using Bayer's Betaseron are aware of the Triad recall.
The recall of the Triad Group alcohol prep products is due to potential contamination of these products with the bacteria, Bacillus cereus, that could lead to life-threatening infections.
Triad alcohol prep pads packaged for use in the U.S. with Betaseron should not be used by patients. There is NO involvement or potential contamination of the Betaseron vial or.....read more
Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPXA) is on fire this morning with investor interest. The company announced that it has successfully completed two End-of Phase 2 meetings with the FDA over its Tovaxin. This is the company’s lead-product candidate and is said to be the first ever personalized T-cell therapy aimed as multiple sclerosis. The company believes that these FDA meetings put Opexa in position to move forward with a pivotal Phase 3 study of Tovaxin, which ....read more here
Jan 5, 2011 -- New research may help explain why multiple sclerosis rates have risen sharply in the U.S. and some other countries among women, while rates appear stable in men.
The study could also broaden understanding of how environmental influences alter genes to cause a wide range of diseases.
The causes of multiple sclerosis (MS) are not well understood, but experts have long suspected that environmental factors trigger the disease in people who are genetically susceptible.
In the newly published study, researchers found that women with MS were more likely than men with MS to have a specific genetic mutation that has been linked to the disease.
Women were also more likely to pass the mutation to their daughters than their sons and more likely to share the MS-susceptibility gene with more distant female family members. read more
by Patty Bobryk, MHS, PT, MSCS, ATP
It was once thought that individuals with MS should avoid exercise because it could cause progression
of their disease. But research over the last 20 years has shown that exercise should actually be
encouraged. The benefits include improved mobility,reduction of fatigue, improved overall fitness,
weight reduction and improved sense of well-being.Yes, Virginia, people with MS can
rebuild lost strength Strength training is an important component of an exercise program for people with MS. Lack of strength can have significant impact on function and mobility. MS fatigue and a more sedentary
lifestyle often lead to....continue reading http://www.nationalmssociety.org/multimedia-library/momentum-magazine/momentum-winter-2010/download.aspx?id=27775
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