Author Archives: Forest Ray PhD

Mayzent Approved for Active Secondary Progressive MS in Scotland

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has approved Mayzent (siponimod) for the treatment of active secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) in Scotland. Mayzent, developed by Novartis, is a tablet taken once daily to counter a person’s disability progression. SPMS gradually develops from relapsing-remitting MS, and is…

Paramagnetic Rim Lesions Showing Promise as Diagnostic Marker of MS

Inflammatory lesions within the brain, called paramagnetic rim lesions, visible on imaging scans may improve the accuracy of a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis, especially when used in combination with other imaging-based biomarkers, a  study reported. If corroborated in larger future studies, these white matter lesions may serve as an early…

Better Efforts Needed to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections in MS Patients

Urinary tract infections are a common cause of hospitalization among people with multiple sclerosis (MS), especially older patients with progressive disease, and more attention should be given to their bladder, catheter, and general physical care, a U.K. study reported. These infections are often linked to an emergency hospital admission, and…

Donepezil Seen to Aid Cognition, Life Quality for MS Patients in Small Trial

Donepezil — an approved treatment for Alzheimer’s disease — eased cognitive impairment, depression, and improved other quality-of-life measures in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with mild to moderate disability, according to results of a single-site clinical trial. The study, “Effect of Donepezil on Cognitive Impairment, Quality of Life, and Depression…

Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Should Be Assessed in MS Cases

Clinical evaluation of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients should include the assessment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) alongside neurological ones, according to a recent study. The study, “Lower urinary tract dysfunction in patients with multiple sclerosis: A post-void residual analysis of 501 cases,” was published in…

Progentec Signs Agreements to Develop, Commercialize MS Technologies

Progentec has established new licensing agreements with Stanford University and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation to commercialize and sell laboratory technologies related to multiple sclerosis (MS), the company announced. The technologies include laboratory tests for the prediction of MS relapses, measurements of MS disease activity, classification of…

Study of Temelimab in MS Progression Without Relapse Enrolls 1st Patient

GeNeuro announced that a first multiple sclerosis (MS) patient has enrolled in its Phase 2 trial assessing the safety and effectiveness of temelimab in people whose disease is progressing in the absence of relapses. This trial, taking place at the Karolinska Institutet’s Academic Specialist Center (ASC), in Stockholm, had been postponed to…

CMSC Meeting Focuses on Challenges, Solutions to Quality of Life Issues

Nearly 3,000 multiple sclerosis (MS) healthcare providers and researchers  convened recently to share their findings regarding the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of MS. However, unlike past meetings, this year’s 34th Annual Meeting of the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) took place online. Virtual presentations covered the…

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