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MND BRIEF:  Multiple Sclerosis And Look Alike Diseases

MND BRIEF: Multiple Sclerosis And Look Alike Diseases

NeuroTalk has an important post on MS wrong  diagnosis.[1]  The list of diseases that can mascarade as MS is extensive. Auto-Immune Diseases Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Sjögren’s Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis Infectious Diseases: Lyme disease (LD) Human T-cell lymphotrophic virus-1 (HTLV-1) Vascular: Stroke Central nervous system (CNS) …Read the Rest

MND BRIEF: fMRI Brain Imaging  Enables Severely Motor Disabled To Communicate

MND BRIEF: fMRI Brain Imaging Enables Severely Motor Disabled To Communicate

In addition to not being able to move limb, in severe quadraplegia,  motor-disabled patients can become unable to communicate verbally too, since voice is the result of neuromotorial ability. Those disabled individuals are often fully conscious and awake, making their situation prison like. An amazing development of fMRI technology has crossed …Read the Rest

Pain Brief :Study Shows Botulinum Toxin Helpful for the Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Pain Brief :Study Shows Botulinum Toxin Helpful for the Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is a very painful condition. The nerve, which is three pronged as the name implies,  serves the human face, and brings sensory data. The nerve damage can originate  from  compression that can originate from multiple causes, and can also cause demyelination  with progressive  neuro-degeneration (axonal). The term demyelination bring …Read the Rest

In Brief: High Doses of Vitamin D Not Very Helpful in Treating Multiple Sclerosis

In Brief: High Doses of Vitamin D Not Very Helpful in Treating Multiple Sclerosis

High doses not better than low dose in vitamin D2 treatment of RRMS according to astudy published in Neurology[1]. “…No significant treatment differences were detected in the primary MRI endpoints.” That begs the question: What is the efficiency of a low dose treatment? Low dose being usually understood as less …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Growth Hormone As a Complementary treatment For Fibromyagia

IN BRIEF: Growth Hormone As a Complementary treatment For Fibromyagia

The Fibromyalgia Syndrome ‘s  (FMS) standard treatment consists of: Serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, (SRI)  Opioids, and  Amitriptyline Anti-epileptic drugs Complementary Medicine The pain reducing  efficacy  of those treatments seems to be limited and 30% is accepted as a good enough for drug marketing purposes [1-3]. A new study has shown that …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Multiple Sclerosis and Vitamin D: A Study Shows Vitamin D Deficiency Diminishes the Severity and Delays onset of MS Model ??

IN BRIEF: Multiple Sclerosis and Vitamin D: A Study Shows Vitamin D Deficiency Diminishes the Severity and Delays onset of MS Model ??

Vitamin D Deficiency diminishes the severity and delays onset of MS? That flies in the face of numerous MS and vitamin D studies! One of three possibilities: All previous studies are wrong Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis is a poor MS model This study [2] is flawed One study does not proof …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Management of Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

IN BRIEF: Management of Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

Since approximately 50% of MS patient will “progress” (What a misnomer..) from Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS)  to Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS), most MS patients should pay attention to news on the topic of SPMS. You will notice that such news are rather scarce, because the understanding and the …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Study Shows Magnesium Citrate treatment effective on Fibromyalgia Pain

IN BRIEF: Study Shows Magnesium Citrate treatment effective on Fibromyalgia Pain

The study published in RHEUMATOLOGY INTERNATIONAL [1] had the following main points: Study was on sixty premenopausal women diagnosed with fibromyalgia Study was also about the effectiveness of amitriptyline alone and in combination with magnesium citrate Pain intensity, pain threshold, the number of tender points, the tender point index: Serum and erythrocyte …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: STATUS March 2012: Emerging Disease-Modifying Therapies (DMT) in Multiple Sclerosis.

IN BRIEF: STATUS March 2012: Emerging Disease-Modifying Therapies (DMT) in Multiple Sclerosis.

 We will start with a status on the Disease-Modifying Therapies (DMT) study for Current Treatments Options Neurology[1] Quoting: “In a newly diagnosed patient with relapsing disease, the current practice is to start one of the interferons (interferon-beta) or glatiramer acetate” First-line agent in relapsing-remitting MS : Fingolimod : Oral drug; Increasing experience and if …Read the Rest

Can Vitamin D Can Help Chronic Pain?

Can Vitamin D Can Help Chronic Pain?

Vitamin D deficiency is associated to less cognitive performance [1,2]. Then again, pain is also associated with lower cognitive performance.  So vitamin D deficiency and pain have in common that low cognition.   It is a stretch to hope that  bringing Vitamin D  to “normal” levels might help pain, but: …Read the Rest

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