Monday, April 25, 2011

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Scientists find way to stop multiple sclerosis - Hindustan Times
In a major breakthrough in the battle against multiple sclerosis (MS), scientists claim to have identified a chemical that triggers the devastating disease and also found a way to stop it in its tracks.

Researchers at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, found that an immune system chemical, called GM-CSF, is the "driving force" behind the debilitating condition that affects over 2.5 million people worldwide.

MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, or the central nervous system. The condition, which can cause blindness and paralysis, has no cure at present and drugs are not suitable for all.

But the Swiss researchers claimed that an antibody, which they tested continue reading here

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Medical News: Vascular Cause Unlikely in Multiple Sclerosis - in Clinical Context, Multiple Sclerosis from MedPage Today
The highest prevalence was seen in the progressive forms of MS, being identified in 89.4% of patients with secondary progressive disease, which suggests that chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency "may be a consequence rather than a cause" of MS, Zivadinov and colleagues wrote online in Neurology.
"Several studies have reported hypoperfusion of the brain parenchyma of patients with MS advancing with disease progression, and it is possible that the venous anomalies may be secondary to reduced perfusion," they explained.
When a group of Italian researchers proposed in a series of papers that venous insufficiency was the cause of MS, tremendous controversy ensued -- at least in part because deaths occurred when surgeons attempted stenting as a treatment.
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Vancouver Coastal Health MS Clinic to establish provincial CCSVI registry

The provincial government in BC has responded to our call for a patient registry with funding of $700,000.  It is a new program that will establish a registry, develop protocols about care and establish a “rapid access pathway” to care that will support/serve patients and health care providers.

Released today:   Vancouver Coastal Health MS Clinic to establish provincial CCSVI registry and surveillance guidelines
(VANCOUVER – BC) The UBC Hospital MS Clinic is launching a new program to better understand the impact of interventional venous treatment. The Clinic will receive over $700,000 in provincial funding to establish a CCSVI patient registry, care-related protocols, and a rapid access pathway to expert care for both patients and health care providers. British Columbians with multiple sclerosis (MS) have been seeking the treatment from overseas clinics for the last 12 – 18 months.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Two multiple sclerosis drugs may add to arsenal against disease -- eventually

But laquinimod isn't the MS drug of the year, or even the drug of the week. Similar results also came Monday from the makers of another drug designed to do, well, pretty much the same thing. Makers of....continue reading here
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Controversial MS treatment trials funded

Manitoba and Saskatchewan have decided to lead the charge on clinical trials for the controversial multiple sclerosis “liberation treatment.”

The two provinces simultaneously announced Tuesday that they will each commit $5 million towards a joint trial they expect will provide a large enough pool of patients to produce reliable answers, possibly within two years.

Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald said she learned within the past six weeks that a national strategy might be a year or two down the road, and she simply...continue reading article here
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