MND BRIEF: Multiple Sclerosis: Beta interferons (β-IFNs) might not slow disability progression

MND BRIEF: Multiple Sclerosis: Beta interferons (β-IFNs) might not slow disability progression

A new study by the University of British Columbia casts doubt on the benefits of the Interferon treatment against Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Here is the YouTube video from the press release The video tries to mitigate the setback with warm fuzzy statements about future research, but the tone of the …Read the Rest

IN DEPTH: Is There A Role For Nutraceuticals In Heart Disease?

IN DEPTH: Is There A Role For Nutraceuticals In Heart Disease?

Heart disease falls  into several classes: Coronary disease is the most frequent [1], but valvular [2] is not far behind: Who doesn’t have a relative or friend who had some heart valve replaced or bypass surgery? Actually [2] is giving epidemiology statistics: “…Aortic valve sclerosis (aortic valve thickening and calcification) seem …Read the Rest

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

IN DEPTH: About Heart Risks, Calcium, and Food Fortification

IN DEPTH: About Heart Risks, Calcium, and Food Fortification

All right, what are the foods and food  supplements that are touted as beneficial for your heart? Easy: Vitamins: E , B complex, D, K Compounds and polyphenols: CoEnzymeQ10, Resveratrol, Flavonol, Soy  Minerals: Selenium, magnesium and many more… We posted in MND [1] on such and other nutrients reputed to be good …Read the Rest

On TBARS and Other Measurements of Your Body’s Oxidation

On TBARS and Other Measurements of Your Body’s Oxidation

For the folks who want to know if their antioxidant supplementation is doing what it ought to, there are several ways to measure the oxidation level of the lipids in your blood. For that purpose, there are some chemical reactions that tell the tale. They occur when “assays”, or chemical …Read the Rest

Wheelchair and Walker Friendly US Parks and Recreation

Wheelchair and Walker Friendly US Parks and Recreation

  Hey, wheelchaired public: It’s out there! Go for it! Parks: visit the wheelchair friendly Louisiana Coast! Texas Parks and Wildlife ;”Wheelchair Accessible Wildlife Viewing Sites in Texas” National Parks and Services ; Trails Wheelchair Accessible  California Parks Accessibility US Army Corps Of Engineers (USACE) ; “USACE Recreation Parks Wheelchair …Read the Rest

New Drug Delivery:  Nanoparticles Remotely Activated To Release Protein Producing DNA To Fight Disease

New Drug Delivery: Nanoparticles Remotely Activated To Release Protein Producing DNA To Fight Disease

This is not just about a new method of drug delivery, rather it is about a new class of treatments that may be possible because of this new drug delivery technique. This work was carried on by a rather large research group from  several Canadian and US institutions [1] : …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

MS IN BRIEF:  Multiple Sclerosis And Heat Stress Relief

MS IN BRIEF: Multiple Sclerosis And Heat Stress Relief

Multiple sclerosis patients are sensitive to heat. But why? Research on this topic abounds. Quoting the journal of applied physiology [1]: “…The precise mechanisms for impaired neural function in demyelinated axons due to increases in temperature are not completely understood but are likely due to a combination of structural and …Read the Rest

Possible New Treatment of Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Masitinib

Possible New Treatment of Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Masitinib

There are few treatments efficacious for the Progressive Forms of Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS and SPMS).  Most of the current treatment consists of anti-inflammatory disease modifying drugs that attempt to re-educate an mistaken immune system. They attack the Relapsing-remitting form of MS Here is a summary of the arsenal: Interferons (all …Read the Rest

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