Category Archives: Multiple Sclerosis

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 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: 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

IN BRIEF:  Mesenchymal Stem Cells Lack Efficacy in the Treatment of Experimental Autoimmune Neuritis

IN BRIEF: Mesenchymal Stem Cells Lack Efficacy in the Treatment of Experimental Autoimmune Neuritis

The full title of this work, published in PLoS  One : ” Mesenchymal Stem Cells Lack Efficacy in the Treatment of Experimental Autoimmune Neuritis despite In Vitro Inhibition of T-Cell Proliferation.” We had published a post  discussing the progress of a Mesenchysmal stem cell treatment for Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. The study dealt with optical …Read the Rest

Progress in Stem Cell Treatment of Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

Progress in Stem Cell Treatment of Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

A stem cell treatment for secondary progressive MS has undergone phase II clinical trials in England. This is good news because most of the treatments on the market help Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, but few new treatments are available for Progressive MS. What is “Secondary Progressive”  MS? Remember the main …Read the Rest

Overview of Incontinence Problems in Multiple Sclerosis

Overview of Incontinence Problems in Multiple Sclerosis

The British site MSTrust came to our attention with a post  “Uro-Neurologist Professor Clare Fowler receives Honor. ” According to that site,  Prof Fowler is managing continence problems in people with neurological problems, particularly people with MS. A quick way to get familiar with her work is to go to …Read the Rest

Status of treatments for Urinary Tract Infections With Emphasis On Wheelchair Users

Status of treatments for Urinary Tract Infections With Emphasis On Wheelchair Users

Many Urinary Tract Infections  (UTI) are fairly common, particularly for people with conditions or diseases that keep them in a wheelchair such as Spinal cord Injuries or Multiple Sclerosis because individuals may have bladder storage and/or voiding dysfunction [1]. Many times the infections are associated with the use of catheters. …Read the Rest

Progress on Multiple Sclerosis vaccine Neurovax by Immune Response BioPharma

Progress on Multiple Sclerosis vaccine Neurovax by Immune Response BioPharma

A recent press release from the  Immune Response BioPharma  Corporation through BriefingWire [1] brought news about very interesting new avenue of Multiple Sclerosis treatment: a vaccine Below is a video release by the  company to YouTube   First of all why is this new medicine called a vaccine? The narrow …Read the Rest

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