Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

Eye-tracking Technology Now Available in Telehealth Platform

XRHealth, a virtual reality clinic that provides treatments in patients’ homes, has integrated Tobii‘s eye-tracking technology into its platform, which will let clinicians treat patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions. “We are excited to partner with Tobii — the leader in eye tracking —…

Pregnancy Poses Challenges to MS Management, Review Study Shows

Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) who receive high-efficacy disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) before conception have a greater risk of relapses and disability progression during pregnancy than those given moderate-efficacy or no DMTs, according to a systematic review of studies. Exclusive breastfeeding for at least two to four months, however,…

FDA Approves Lyvispah, Granular Form of Baclofen, to Treat Spasticity

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lyvispah, a dissolvable granular formulation of baclofen, to treat spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The strawberry-flavored formulation, developed by Saol Therapeutics, is particularly suitable to ease flexor spasticity, the involuntary bending of the knees and hips toward the…

Deal Brings AI-powered MRI to Care of Patients With Brain Disorders

A new collaboration between Arterys and Combinostics seeks to bring comprehensive artificial intelligence (AI) imaging solutions to the diagnosis and care of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological diseases. Under the partnership, Arterys will include Combinostics’ AI-powered cNeuro on its medical imaging cloud AI platform…

MS Society of Canada Urges Consistent Access to COVID-19 Boosters

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is urging that all provinces and territories in Canada offer COVID-19 booster vaccines to at-risk populations, including people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. In letters sent earlier this month, in collaboration with 11 other health charities, the…

Cerebellar Lesions in RRMS Linked to Worsening Manual Dexterity

The number of lesions affecting the cerebellum — a brain region responsible for coordinating voluntary movements and motor skills such as balance, coordination, and posture — predicts manual dexterity getting worse in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), according to a retrospective analysis. The study, “Cerebellar pathology and…

Ponvory Now Available in Scotland at Low or No Cost Through NHS

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has recommended that Ponvory (ponesimod) be offered through the National Health Service (NHS) Scotland to people with active, relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The decision means that the oral therapy will be available at low or no cost to patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS),…

Numares to Develop Multi-biomarker Test of SPMS Transition

Numares has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Oxford University Innovation to develop and commercialize a panel of biomarkers that identify disease progression in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Specifically, the company aims to create a tool that detects early signs of conversion from relapsing remitting…

T20K Combo Shows Promise in MS Preclinical Studies

New preclinical data continues to support the potential of Cyxone’s investigational plant-derived peptide T20K for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). In a collaboration with its academic partner, the Medical University of Vienna, Cyxone has shown that a combination of T20K plus an activator of the kappa…

Medsenic Being Granted US Patent for Arscimed for RRMS

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will grant Medsenic a patent covering the use of Arscimed, its investigational formulation of arsenic trioxide, for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Once issued, the patent will protect Arscimed’s use for this indication until 2037. This will add to the already…

Innodem, Novartis Team Up on Trial Testing Eye-tracking Technology

Innodem Neurosciences is teaming up with Novartis Canada on a breakthrough clinical trial to evaluate if Innodem’s digital biomarker eye-tracking technology can monitor disease progression in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The trial will test Innodem’s “easy-to-use, affordable technology,” which works using visible light, with no special infrared…

CALLIPER Trial for Progressive MS Enrolls First Patient

Immunic Therapeutics has enrolled the first patient in a Phase 2 clinical trial testing its oral therapy candidate IMU-838 for the treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). The trial, CALLIPER (NCT05054140), is expected to run in parallel to the company’s two identically-designed Phase 3 trials, dubbed…

NervGen Brings Advanced Imaging to Planned NVG-291 Trials

A partnership will allow NervGen to use Imeka‘s proprietary biomarker imaging technology to precisely measure changes in the brain and spinal cord in its upcoming clinical trials, including a study of NVG-291 in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) NervGen plans to initiate Phase 1b/2 trials into its lead candidate for neural…

Alliance Calls for Accessible Products Design Down Under

The Accessible Product Design Alliance has released a statement calling for changes in products and packaging design to assure equal accessibility among consumers, including those with disabling disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Composed of 11 nonprofit health consumer organizations in Australia and New Zealand — including MS…

i-Belong App Aims to Expand Online MS Patient Communities

Belong.Life has launched an app that allows health professionals to build and manage their own online communities of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Called i-Belong – Connecting Communities, the app offers to healthcare providers, pharmaceuticals, and patient advocacy and other groups a platform to effectively and efficiently educate…

Moderate-to-severe Bowel Problems Found in 14.5% of Patients

Moderate-to-severe bowel dysfunction was detected in 14.5% of adult people with multiple sclerosis (MS), an Italian study reports. The prevalence of bowel dysfunction was increased in women and in patients with progressive forms of MS, higher disability, older age, and longer disease duration. Despite the prevalence of bowel dysfunction…

MS Poses Challenge to Dating, Meeting People

Meeting people and dating is challenging for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), but the experience of dating is highly personal and influenced by past experiences and beliefs, a small study reveals. The study, “Dating with a Diagnosis: The Lived Experience of People with Multiple Sclerosis,” was published in…

Amino Acid Metabolite Shows Anti-inflammatory Potential

A natural, small molecule called 3-HKA) has shown potent anti-inflammatory activity in lab tests and mouse models of immune-related diseases, a study found. The findings suggest that molecules that mimic 3-HKA (3-hydroxy-L-kynurenamine) may serve as broad-acting therapeutics to protect against inflammation in several autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, including multiple…

Ibudilast, Potential Progressive MS Therapy, Awaits US Patent

MediciNova announced that it will be given a U.S. patent covering the use of ibudilast (MN-166) in treating eye disease. This oral medication aims to lessen inflammation, including that of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). Specifically, it will cover ibudilast’s use in  treating injury or damage to the macula —…

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