Category Archives: Inflammation

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

8 Nutrients For The Prevention of Heart Disease

8 Nutrients For The Prevention of Heart Disease

MND: Nutrition is always a substantial part of the prevention of disease. Heart disease is no exception. We follow here 8 of these nutrients that have been shown in at least one study to have heart health benefits. Here they are:  Lycopene, Cocoa, Zinc, Soy , vitamin B12, Fish oil, Onions, …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

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: Autoimmune Risk From Vaccine Adjuvants Very Low, But There

IN BRIEF: Autoimmune Risk From Vaccine Adjuvants Very Low, But There

From the Lupus Journal [1]: “Giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica after influenza vaccination: report of 10 cases” These 10 cases of inflammatory rheumatic diseases developed within 3 months of influenza vaccination (Inf-V). Clearly the vaccine was given to hundreds of millions worldwide, so this occurrence is very low indeed. Since that …Read the Rest

Interferons have opposite effects on B-Cells and T-cells in Multiple Sclerosis Therapy

Interferons have opposite effects on B-Cells and T-cells in Multiple Sclerosis Therapy

So, as you my recall from my previous post [1], the new wave of MS therapies aims at decreasing the B-Cell proliferation. The previous MS drug generation was based on  interferon therapy and aimed at  reducing the T-cells proliferation. Well known such interferon drugs are Betaseron and Avonex Note: B-Cells …Read the Rest

Are Probiotics Gut Bacteria Good or Bad For Multiple Sclerosis Or Other Autoimmune Diseases?

Are Probiotics Gut Bacteria Good or Bad For Multiple Sclerosis Or Other Autoimmune Diseases?

In a stunning results, researchers at the Max Planck Institute ( Yes, they do not do only fundamental physics..) propose that, quoting from  [1-3]; “…Natural intestinal flora involved in the emergence of multiple sclerosis” . In other words, “…Beneficial intestinal bacteria can activate immune cells and trigger the overreaction of …Read the Rest

Multiple Sclerosis, Anemia, and Iron Deposits in the Brain (Rev. June 2013)

Multiple Sclerosis, Anemia, and Iron Deposits in the Brain (Rev. June 2013)

There is a strange paradox in the relationship between Multiple Sclerosis and iron: On one hand, too little iron in expectant mothers’ blood translates in too little iron in the foetus, which in turn translates into the future baby growing into an adult at risk of many health issues such as …Read the Rest

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