Author Archives: Charles Moore

Cleveland Clinic Researchers Find iPad A Powerful Multiple Sclerosis Assessment Tool

Tracking patients’ progress is a critical part of MS management, a process that can benefit from greater objective analysis. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have determined that tablet computers, which feature built-in technologies like accelerometers, gyroscopes, and touchscreens, when combined with appropriate software, can provide pretty good MS assessment capabilities.

Natalizumab, Other Biogen Idec MS Therapies Featured at Medical Congresses; Company Joins Sailing Sclerosis Foundation Oceans of Hope Project

Biogen Idec, a U.S. biotechnology company specializing in therapies for neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders and cancer, has announced that more than 60 company-sponsored presentations highlighting key data from its extensive portfolio of marketed and investigational multiple sclerosis (MS) therapies were featured during two 2014 neurology conferences. The company…

Study Finds MS Drug Gilenya May Point To Development Of New PTSD Therapy

A new study on mice published in Nature Neuroscience finds that fingolimod (Novartis brand name Gilenya) a first-in-class sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor modulator currently used in treating persons with severe relapsing remitting MS, may also have therapeutic value in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Nature Neuroscience study is titled…

MRI Spectroscopy May Improve Accuracy in Predicting MS Progression

A new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology says that predicting disease evolution is becoming essential for optimizing treatment decision-making in multiple sclerosis (MS), in which pathologic damage typically includes demyelination, neuro-axonal loss, and astrogliosis. The study, entitled “Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy…

Supreme Court Denies Injunction Request To Block Release Of Generic MS Drug, But Patent Fight Not Over Yet

Petah Tikvah Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has suffered a setback in its fight to forestall release of generic competitors for its proprietary Copaxone Multiple Sclerosis drug. However, the company is expressing optimism that potential for recovery of Patent Infringement Damages may dissuade aspirant generic competitors from proceeding until a…

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