MS News that Caught My Eye Last Week: Predicting MS Progression, MS Links to Other Diseases, Cladribine, Diet Discussions
Currently, doctors measure shrinkage in the brain as a way to predict physical and cognitive decline in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). But it takes a long time to see this brain atrophy on a standard MRI. Now, researchers think they’re on to a faster test: Using a special magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique to measure the amount of iron in parts of the brain.
Evaluating the local differences in iron accumulation in the deep gray matter of the brain using a special MRI technique may help identify MS patients at greater risk for disease progression and disability, a study reports.
The study, “Brain Iron by Using Quantitative MRI Is Associated with Disability in Multiple Sclerosis,” was published in the journal Radiology.
Here’s another study that’s aimed at predicting the course of MS. In this case, researchers think that other diseases may sound an alarm that MS may be just down the road for a patient.
Before being diagnosed with MS, many patients report a history of other conditions such as migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and mood and anxiety disorders. According to a new study, these symptoms could be warning signs of MS and help in its early detection.
Now, researchers from The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, conducted the first study to identify the prodrome for MS.
Progressive MS Patients with Considerable Disability Ably Treated with Cladribine, UK Case Study Reports
This is a study of only two MS patients, so it’s far from scientific. However, it adds weight to other reports that Mavenclad (cladribine) can reduce MS progression and that it can be effective in people who’ve moved from relapsing to progressive MS.
Cladribine may be effective in preventing disability progression and reducing damage to nerve cells in people with progressive forms of MS, researchers suggest, based on a case study of two such patients given the injectable treatment.
Has your doctor ever discussed diet as an MS therapy? I don’t think mine ever has. This very small Australian study indicates that talking about diet is uncommon between docs and MS patients, even though some diets seem to be beneficial. I wonder why. Are doctors too focused on medications and therapy?
Health professionals often don’t discuss the importance of following national dietary guidelines with their MS patients, causing them to turn to other sources on the internet, which may advise potentially harmful diets with serious consequences, according to an Australian study.
The study, “Dietary responses to a multiple sclerosis diagnosis: a qualitative study,” was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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