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Can Exercise Improve MS-Related Cognitive Problems?

Can exercise help brain function in people with multiple sclerosis (MS)? A new study suggests that it is possible. The report appeared in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. Led by Robert Motl in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at…

New Imaging Technique Reveals MS Progression Related to Diffusivity in Brain

Scientists are developing new tools to understand multiple sclerosis pathogenesis and monitor the benefits of treatments. One of these tools is diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a novel technique that describes the microstructural organization of white matter tracts in the brain. Although DTI has greater pathological specificity than magnetic resonance imaging…

MS Progression May Be Stopped By New Anti-inflammatory Molecule

Researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, the oldest research center in Australia, developed a molecule that may quell inflammation and stop the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). The molecule could eventually be used as a drug for the disease. MS is an inflammatory autoimmune disease in which the body attacks…

New MS Educational Program Seeks to Improve Care in Women

This week the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) in collaboration with The France Foundation, a provider of continuing medical education have launched a new educational program focused on the important issues that affect women with multiple sclerosis (MS), entitled, “Strategies to Improve…

MS Patients Weigh In on Physician Conflicts of Interest in New Study

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is difficult enough for those who have it, causing damage to the nervous system, difficulty with movement, sensation, numbness, loss of vision and pain. People with MS rely on medications and the care of physicians to manage their symptoms and the progressions of the disease. But…

Can Emotional Health Influence MS Treatment Outcomes?

Emotional health is important when battling any illness, including multiple sclerosis (MS). Despite this, sometimes the benefits of emotional health are overlooked by healthcare providers. Excessive stress can lead to anxiety and depression, which increases hormones such as adrenalin and glucocorticoids that shut down the immune system. Glucocorticoids have…

Novel Switch for Autoimmune Diseases Could Play Role In MS

National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists may have discovered a critical immune system switch that could affect genes involved in autoimmune diseases. The ground-breaking work, published in the journal Nature, may be useful for developing treatments for autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is characterized by an immune system…

SPMS Drug Developer Opexa Therapeutics To Receive $3M Payment from Merck Serono Under Amended Agreement

Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Woodlands, Texas, has announced the successful conclusion of negotiations amending its option and license agreement with Darmstadt, Germany based pharma multinational Merck’s “Merck Serono” division. Under terms of the revised agreement, Opexa will receive a $3 million payment to…

Multiple Sclerosis Could be Treated with a Surprising Medication

An already approved medication used for bladder problems might help to treat multiple sclerosis, according to researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Lead author Fraser J. Sim, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the University at Buffalo…

Caffeine In Coffee Found To Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Risk

Coffee Drinking may confer the side-benefit of lowering the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) in susceptible individuals, according to a meta-analysis of Swedish and American studies to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting to be held April 18-25, 2015 at…

Multiple Sclerosis Treatments Benefit From Discovery of New Inflammatory Molecule

A newly discovered molecule could play a pivotal role in inflammatory diseases, including multiple sclerosis, according to researchers at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Queensland Australia. The study was published in the journal Nature Medicine, and describes a molecule known as MCC950 that can suppress the ‘NLRP3 inflammasome’,…

Translational Medicine Consortium Grants $1.9 Million for MS Research

The Strategic Pharma-Academic Research Consortium for Translational Medicine has awarded its first grants totaling more than $1.9 million to support research projects dedicated to autoimmune diseases. Among the recipients is researcher Yanjiao Zhou, Ph.D., who is leading a study at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) focused on multiple sclerosis (MS), as…

National MS Society Now Sponsored by Key Bike MS Supporter

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will receive an annual sponsorship from Showers Pass to support its efforts to improve the quality of life of patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) as well as to find a cure for the disease. Showers Pass manufactures biking clothes and material and supports the…

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