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Dan Says Treasure Your Caregiving Hero

Caregivers are in the spotlight during MS Awareness Month and, as it draws to a close, one man with multiple sclerosis is calling for everyone with the disease to recognize them. Dan Melfi, who lives in the state of Colorado, is encouraging...Show More Summary

MicroRNA Therapy Restored Myelin Production, Limb Function in MS Mouse Model

Using a small RNA molecule belonging to the family of microRNAs (miRs), scientists could restore myelin in nerve cells and improve limb function in mouse models of human multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, “miR-219 Cooperates with miR-338 in Myelination and Promotes Myelin Repair in the CNS,” was published in the journal Developmental Cell. Show More Summary

Hope, But No Cheers Yet, Voiced by MS Groups in Europe and Canada Waiting on Own Ocrevus Decision

American patient groups and neurologists have clearly been giving Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) plenty of attention since news of its approval landed, as a sweep of U.S. reaction to the FDA’s decision showed. But what is happening elsewhereShow More Summary

The Anniversary Effect: How Do You Remember Your Diagnosis Date?

Editor’s note: Marking the second MS diagnosis anniversary of our columnists in one week, Judy Lynn writes about the “Anniversary Effect.” This week marks the 14th anniversary of my MS diagnosis. That day, March 27, 2003, is etched clearly...Show More Summary

Which of Your MS Symptoms Are Difficult to Describe?

The more I get out there and talk about my multiple sclerosis (MS) during this book tour, the more I’m finding that I have my own way of describing the disease itself and my symptoms of MS. I suppose 12 years of writing the Life with Multiple Sclerosis blog — yes, we had a birthday on […]

Excitement to Cautious Optimism — Reactions to Approval of Ocrevus

The historic approval of Ocrevus (ocrelizumab), the first-ever treatment for primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), set off ripples in the relatively calm waters of MS news reporting. The drug, which was also approved Tuesday as an unusually effective and safe treatment for relapsing MS, is viewed as a game-changer by many experts in the field. Show More Summary

Integrative Medicine for MS: an Interview with Dr. Bowling

When you live with multiple sclerosis you search for ways to manage your disease. You turn to doctors who inevitably prescribe one of the many FDA-approved medications, but sometimes that’s not enough. To complete the picture of seeking better health, you need to also look outside the box of traditional medicine. Show More Summary

Multiple Sclerosis in Mother Increases Chance of Children Having ADHD, Study Suggests

Mothers with chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, have a higher risk of having children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a Norwegian study. The findings were reported...Show More Summary

Dedicated Handicapped Parking is About Availability, Not Cost

Being disabled by MS does not have many advantages. One we have in California — free city street parking — likely will end soon. In the rush to garner parking revenue, though, the lack of concurrent discussion about providing dedicated handicapped parking (DHP) is troubling. Show More Summary

Ocrevus’ Journey from Defiant Idea to Game-Changing Treatment

Twenty years ago, the idea that B-cell depletion could treat multiple sclerosis would have been greeted with a hearty laugh by any well-respected neurologist or MS researcher — or perhaps a scoff. But times change and research advances. Show More Summary

FDA Approves Ocrevus as 1st MS Treatment for Both Relapsing and Primary Progressive Forms

At long last, and for the first time in medical history, people with both relapsing and primary progressive forms of multiple sclerosis have reason to celebrate. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved Ocrevus (ocrelizumab)  as a disease-modifying therapy for both forms of MS, a chronic autoimmune disease. Show More Summary

7 Tips for Dealing With MS-Related Urinary Problems

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that disrupts the nerve signals from the brain to various parts of the body. For some MS patients, this could mean signals to the bladder muscles are compromised leading to urinary problems such as urgency, needing the bathroom throughout the night, and incontinence. Show More Summary

5 Serious Complications That Can Arise Because of an Autoimmune Disease

Having an autoimmune disease means that a person’s immune system is attacking their body instead of protecting it. Aside from the autoimmune disease they may have, they’re also at a higher risk of developing other serious health complications. Show More Summary

Microrna treatment restores nerve insulation, limb function in mice with MS

Scientists partially re-insulated ravaged nerves in mouse models of multiple sclerosis (MS) and restored limb mobility by treating the animals with a small non-coding RNA called a microRNA. In a new article, researchers report that treatment...Show More Summary

The Detriment of Unsolicited Advice Regarding MS and Chronic Illness

I am sure many of us have had instances where someone “offered” their advice on what is the best way to manage our illnesses. They are not medical professionals and many of them don’t suffer from the disease themselves. They presentShow More Summary

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