Category Archives: Multiple Sclerosis

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: 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

Pain and Health Issues of Power Wheelchairs Users

Pain and Health Issues of Power Wheelchairs Users

We are posting about a study on pain and electric-powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs (EPIOCs) [1] Pain is fairly common for this group: “…Most EPIOC users described experiences of pain with 17% reporting severe pain…Over half felt their pain was influenced by the wheelchair and few (25%) considered their chair eased their symptoms. …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

Genetic Iron Imbalance a Cause for Multiple Sclerosis?

Genetic Iron Imbalance a Cause for Multiple Sclerosis?

We have posted on Oct 12,2011 about issues concerning Multiple Sclerosis, Anemia, and Iron Deposits in the Brain [1] about the paradox of many MS patients being anemic, or having low blood iron.   At the same, MS is accompanied by iron deposits in the brain. Which brought about an unresolved …Read the Rest

Can Vaccines or Allergy Immunotherapies Trigger Multiple Sclerosis or Other Autoimmune Diseases?

Can Vaccines or Allergy Immunotherapies Trigger Multiple Sclerosis or Other Autoimmune Diseases?

Introduction: Allergies and autoimmune conditions are both immune system issues, so it is natural to explore their possible connections. Let us start with some definitions from wikipedia Allergy:  A hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system to substances in the environment. Such substances are called allergens. Allergens (pollens, peanuts,..) can be common …Read the Rest

New insights about Vitamin D’s Role in Multiple Sclerosis

New insights about Vitamin D’s Role in Multiple Sclerosis

Well, the role of Vitamin D in slowing down the progression of Multiple Sclerosis is turning out to be controversial and puzzling We posted as recently as March 1, 2012 IN BRIEF: High Dose Vitamin D Not Effective Against Multiple Sclerosis  [1] Now there came to our view a study of …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Multiple Pregnancies Decrease Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

IN BRIEF: Multiple Pregnancies Decrease Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

      This is good news for mothers of medium to large families. Quoting [1] “..The study found that women who were pregnant two or more times had a quarter of the risk of developing MS symptoms and women who had five or more pregnancies had one-twentieth the risk …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Bladder Infections Antibiotic Cefpodoxime found inferior to Ciproflaxacin

IN BRIEF: Bladder Infections Antibiotic Cefpodoxime found inferior to Ciproflaxacin

Bladder Infections are common in women. They are even more common in women with medical conditions like Diabetes , Multiple Sclerosis, and/or wheelchair users.  It is serious business because of the possibility of recurrences.  The antibiotic of choice is  Ciproflaxacin (Cipro)as discussed in our previous post Status of treatments for Urinary …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: High Dose Vitamin D Not Effective Against Multiple Sclerosis

IN BRIEF: High Dose Vitamin D Not Effective Against Multiple Sclerosis

A study from Norway shows that High Doses of Vitamin D (20,000 IU/ week ) is not effective against MS : “…Supplementation with 20,000 IU vitamin D3 weekly did not result in beneficial effects on the measured multiple sclerosis-related outcomes…” Measured outcomes were : ” Annualized relapse rate (ARR), EDSS, multiple …Read the Rest

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