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New Multiple Sclerosis Drug May Repair Nerve Demyelination

As researchers continue to develop a clearer understanding of the underlying causes of multiple sclerosis (MS), it is becoming increasingly apparent that the future of treating the disease is likely to center on neural protection and a reversal of the demyelination process that strips away the critical insulation…

Consumption of High Amounts of Salt May Worsen MS Symptoms, Study Suggests

A diet high in salt can worsen multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, as well as increase the risks of neurological deterioration, according to an observational study led by Mauricio Farez, from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina and recently published at the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, entitled, “Sodium intake is associated with…

MS Researchers Find Wii Balance Board Use Improves Balance

New research published online ahead of print in the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) journal Radiology on August 26, reports that a gaming accessory known as a balance board for the Nintendo Wii console may assist people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in reducing the risk of falling accidentally. Balance…

Researchers Find MS Drug Fingolimod Decreases Gd-enhancing Lesions

Fingolimod is a disease modifying therapy (DMT) used to treat relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients as well as patients who continue to present with relapses despite treatment with beta interferon drugs, and is the first oral medication to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug…

New Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Drug Approved By FDA

Biogen Idec, a biotechnology company focused on developing innovative therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, hematologic conditions and autoimmune disorders, has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved PLEGRIDYTM (peginterferon beta-1a), a new treatment for people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis…

Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Aggravated By Genetic Alterations in Patients

While the majority of scientists dedicated to multiple sclerosis research focus on genetic regulators of conditions such as autoimmunity, demyelination, inflammation, and neurodegeneration, a team from the University of Lubeck in Germany, led by Saleh M. Ibrahim, MD, PhD, focuses on genetic regulators of conduction velocity. The team is uncovering…

Big Multiple Sclerosis Conference Scheduled For September in Boston

Just yesterday, the President of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS), Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, publicly announced the details of this year’s MSBoston2014 conference, in collaboration with the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS). According to Dhib-Jalbut — who is also the…

HIV Infection May Suppress Development of MS, According To Study

According to a study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, HIV infection is correlated to a significantly lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). The researchers analyzed a previous report by a team of Danish researchers whereby an HIV positive man with MS had his symptoms…

Data From Multiple Sclerosis Study of Trimesta For Disability, Cognitive Improvements in Women To Be Presented at ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS 2014

Synthetic Biologics, Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel drug candidates targeting specific pathogens that cause serious infections and diseases, announced that its latest data on Trimesta™, regarding cognitive and disability measures in women suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS), will be presented at the 2014 Joint Americas and European Committees…

FDA Removes Partial Clinical Hold for CTP-354, Concert Pharmaceuticals’ Novel Drug for MS, Spasticity

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently notified Concert Pharmaceuticals that the company had fulfilled all necessary preclinical toxicological tests for the oral therapy CTP-354 for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and spasticity. The authorization to administer repeated doses of the compound, in excess of 6 mg per day,…

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