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Resolving Insurance Problems Demands Patience and Endurance

After my recent insurance experience, which I share here, I never again will wonder why some people give up on claiming their medical benefits. I have received Botox treatment for spasticity of my quad and hamstring muscles. This isShow More Summary

Possible Early Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

A recent article focused on some of the initial symptoms experienced by multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The autoimmune disease can present in many different ways and while no two patients will experience the disease in the exact same manner, doctors believe there are some common signs of MS. Show More Summary

MS Society Award Nominations: We All Are Stars

Nominations are being sought for individuals and groups for the U.K.’s MS Society Awards 2017. Organizers say the awards will recognize the stars of the MS community and their contributions during 2016. While not wishing to denigrate...Show More Summary

Siemens Healthineers and Biogen to Enhance MRI’s Ability to Help MS Patients

Siemens Healthineers and Biogen will collaborate to develop new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications that can quantify key markers of multiple sclerosis (MS). “By bringing together the shared expertise of both Siemens Healthineers...Show More Summary

Reports on MS Treatment Market Show Growing Shift to Oral Therapies

The multiple sclerosis (MS) market shifted during 2016, with oral disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) capturing a greater share and Sanofi-Genzyme’s Aubagio (teriflunomide) being poised for growth, according to a press release from Spherix Global Insights. Show More Summary

Cancel the Uber; I’m Staying in This Old, New House (and Body) After All

In August I sold my home of 18 years and downsized to a small one-bedroom rental “in town.” For weeks I tripped over boxes, packing paper, out-of-place furniture, the dog, the cat, the dog chasing the cat, size 11 tennis shoes and dirty socks. Show More Summary

Severe side effects of approved multiple sclerosis medication

The multiple sclerosis (MS) therapy alemtuzumab can trigger severe, unpredictable side effects. Scientists report on two patients for whom the infusion of alemtuzumab significantly worsened symptoms. The team also describes a treatment that successfully curbed the harmful side effects.

Journalist With MS Explains the Importance of Stretching

Trevis Gleason is a food journalist who also writes about his journey with secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS). Gleason was diagnosed with the disease in 2001 and has written many blog posts and articles about his life with MS and has also published a book called Chef Interrupted. Show More Summary

MS in the Information Age, Part 1: Be Discerning

Serving as co-administrator for a large MS forum has shown me that, while we live in a world of easy access to information, we may not always be prepared to understand and interpret it. While I’m not a medical doctor, I do work in the healthcare field and have earned my own credentials. Show More Summary

After the Fall: Another MS Learning Experience

I had a near-death experience the other day. Well, that’s what Caryn and I are calling it. Truth be known, had I landed four inches to the left of where I did, Caryn, my wife, would have discovered a blood-soaked rug with my lifeless body upon it when she got out of the shower. How […]

Resilience Linked to Social Satisfaction and Quality of Life, but Not Physical Function in MS, Other Diseases

Resilience, the ability of a person to cope with change and solve problems, is associated with satisfaction with social roles and quality of life in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other chronic diseases. However, it is not linked to a patient’s physical function, according to the results of a recent survey. Show More Summary

Majority of Irish Physicians Approve of Cannabis as MS Treatment, Survey Finds

Most Irish general practitioners (GPs) are against decriminalizing cannabis use, but many, especially those over age 50, say it can be useful for treating multiple sclerosis (MS) and other medical conditions, according to a recent survey. Show More Summary

Grief, Self-preservation and Multiple Sclerosis

Grief can weaken our immune system, elevate our blood pressure, and affect our overall health. During a loss, especially one of the magnitude of a loved one, self-preservation is not always a top priority. For those of us with multiple...Show More Summary

Like the ADA, the ABLE Act Has Significant Potential

When the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990, there seemingly were as many opponents as there were proponents. All these years later, the standards and expectations of that landmark legislation have become second-nature in mainstream America. Show More Summary

Looking for a MS clinical trial? Here’s an Online Tool for That

Many MS patients are in the hunt for multiple sclerosis clinical trials for which they can volunteer. But those trials are not always easy to find. On the other hand, researchers complain it also can be difficult to find trial subjects. Show More Summary

Tecfidera Seen to Potentially Limit Vision Problems in MS

Genetically silencing the transcription factor Nrf2 in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS) results in visual deficits, inflammation of the optic nerve, and degeneration of the retinal ganglion cells (RGC), according to a study published...Show More Summary

Cannabis Compounds Ease Spasticity in MS, National Academies’ Report States

Certain cannabinoids reduce spasticity symptoms in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, according to a report  from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that scrutinized published research about the benefits and hazards of cannabis and cannabinoid use. Show More Summary

Coping With a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with a serious illness such as multiple sclerosis is a scary and emotional time. In this video from the U.K.’s MS Society, multiple sclerosis (MS) patients talk about their diagnosis and how they felt when they found out. Show More Summary

Baltimore State Senator Lisa Gladden Resigns Due to Multiple Sclerosis

Baltimore State Senator Lisa Gladden has officially retired from public office due to her deteriorating health condition. Gladden, who served in the General Assembly for 18 years, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995. She chose...Show More Summary

MS Patient’s Pick of the Week’s News: Partners, Traffic, Patent, B-cells, Award

Here’s my Pick of the Week’s News as published by Multiple Sclerosis News Today. Sanofi, ImmuNext Partner to Develop Antibody to Treat Range of Autoimmune Diseases Big news on the business front is the alliance of two companies, Sanofi...Show More Summary

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