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IN DEPTH: Review Of 2012 Research On Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

IN DEPTH: Review Of 2012 Research On Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

As many of us know, the neurological disease Multiple Sclerosis (MS)  has multiple forms [1]: Relapsing-Remitting  (RRMS):    Unpredictable attacks (relapses) followed by periods of relative remission with no new signs of disease activity Secondary Progressive (SPMS) :     Neurologic decline without acute relapses: A sign that one is evolving from …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Zocor Shown to Slow Disability in Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

IN BRIEF: Zocor Shown to Slow Disability in Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

The possible benefits of statin drugs against Multiple Sclerosis ( MS) have been investigated for years, not necessarily with success. Wang and colleagues concluded [1]: “There is no convincing evidence to support the use of either atorvastatin or simvastatin as an adjunctive therapy in MS.” But this was as a supplement …Read the Rest

Direct Anti-Inflammatory Treatment Of Heart Disease: New Clinical Trial

Direct Anti-Inflammatory Treatment Of Heart Disease: New Clinical Trial

The US National Institute of Health is launching a clinical trial (Phase III) for using Methotrexate as an anti-inflammatory for cardiovascular issues. Methotrexate has been used against cancer, some autoimmune disorders,  even abortion!   This is a very potent drug, what is the NIH ‘s drive for this clinical trial [1]? …Read the Rest

IN DEPTH: Multiple Sclerosis Research And The Blood Brain Barrier

IN DEPTH: Multiple Sclerosis Research And The Blood Brain Barrier

The Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) is a main focus of Multiple Sclerosis research.  There are currently two main directions for that research: Control of the entry into  the brain of the immune system T-cell crossing through the impaired BBB Sending drugs into the brain directly by overriding the BBB An …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

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

New Study shows Multiple Sclerosis caused primarily by inflammation, not neurodegeneration

New Study shows Multiple Sclerosis caused primarily by inflammation, not neurodegeneration

Traditional understanding has MS starting in the white matter of the brain, in other words in the inside layers. A new study by Dr. Lucchinetti, posted on the MayoClinic blog purports the opposite: The outer layers of the brain would be affected first, then the inner layers. Research was conducted …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

Sleep Apnea: Not just about snoring

Sleep Apnea: Not just about snoring

  Many of us have heard of sleep apnea as it relates to snoring. Just google sleep apnea and the advertisement abound of how you can stop your snoring with appropriate CPAP ( Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure) type of devices But what is sleep apnea? Wikipedia has this definition: ‘…a sleep …Read the Rest

Congestive Heart Failure: Patients treated with Immune Modulation Therapy (IMT) have a lower death rate than those taking a placebo (sciencedaily)

Congestive Heart Failure: Patients treated with Immune Modulation Therapy (IMT) have a lower death rate than those taking a placebo (sciencedaily)

MediNewsDigest: Patients Blood cells are first treated by exposure to UV light and ozone. Reinjected blood  triggers a strong immune response, reducing the risk of more heart attacks. see sciencedaily article. Pubmed, the government medical publication site posted an entry on the work. This abstract contain some more detail, but still few …Read the Rest

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