Friday, June 13, 2008

DioGenix Discovers Gene Sets Which Correlate To Multiple Sclerosis
Ore Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ORXED) announced that DioGenix, its molecular diagnostics subsidiary, has identified novel sets of genes that it believes will form the basis of a new assay to diagnose multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease of the central nervous system (CNS).

Mixing And Matching Genes To Keep Nerve Cells Straight
With fewer than 30,000 human genes with which to work, Nature has to mix and match to generate the myriad types of neurons or nerve cells needed to assemble the brain and nervous system. Keeping this involved process on the straight and narrow requires a clever balance of promotion and inhibition, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in a report that appears in the current edition of the journal Developmental Cell.

Spine Surgeons At Pine Creek Medical Center Take The Lead In Utilizing Stem Cell Technologies In Surgical Procedures
Spine surgeons at Pine Creek Medical Center in Dallas have established themselves as the leaders of a cutting-edge surgical procedure that utilizes a patient's own adult stem cells to regenerate tissue.


"HiCy" Drug Regimen Reverses MS Symptoms In Selected Patients
A short-term, very-high dose regimen of the immune-suppressing drug cyclophosphamide seems to slow progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) in most of a small group of patients studied and may even restore neurological function lost to the disease, Johns Hopkins researchers report.

Cancer Drug Helps Hard-to-Treat MS
By Salynn Boyles June 11, 2008 -- A 50-year-old cancer drug could help multiple sclerosis patients who have few treatment options -- those with the most ...
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Promising New Therapy For MS Patients
An article posted early online from the Archive of Neurologyreports
on a promising new treatment for people with multiple sclerosis(MS).
Researchers have found that high doses of the drugcyclophosphamide,
an immunosuppressant, have reduced MS activity anddisability in
people with an aggressive form of the disease.

Cancer Drug Appears to Help With Aggressive MS
U.S. News & World Report - Washington,DC,USA
Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease in
which the protective coating covering nerve cells
degenerates. Autoimmune dysfunction -- in which
the body ...
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Cancer medication 'may be effective MS treatment'
Barchester Healthcare - London,UK
A cancer medication has proved successful at treating
multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a research team.
A new medication has proved successful at ...
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Tovaxin Phase IIb clinical study TERMS

Opexa Therapeutics Reports Favorable Two-Year Data in Phase I/II ...
RedOrbit - Dallas,TX,USA
Tovaxin has been previously studied in two Phase I/II
open-label trials. A 150-patient Phase IIb one-year double
blind placebo controlled study to evaluate ...
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Opexa Therapeutics Reports Favorable Two-Year Data in Phase I/II ...
Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA
Tovaxin was well-tolerated throughout the two-year study period. The safety profile revealed only mild-to-moderate injection site reactions and no serious ...
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Limerick raises $15M; Icahn offered $15B for Biogen; Neogen ...
FierceBiotech - Washington,DC,USA
Neogen release > Opexa Therapeutics announced favorable safety and efficacy data for Tovaxin, a T-cell vaccination therapy for multiple sclerosis, ...
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OPXA: Positive Phase I/II Retreatment Studies of Tovaxin(R) for ...
Trading Markets (press release) - Los Angeles,CA,USA
Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. (OPXA) announced favorable safety and efficacy data for Tovaxin(R), the Company's investigational T-cell vaccination therapy for ...
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Stem Cell Therapies Offer Patients Hope And Reduced Health Care Costs
Allmediascotland - Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
STEM cell therapies and regenerative medicine will combat long-term disability to improve the lives of individual patients and reduce care costs overall. ...
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Primary progressive Multiple sclerosis

Autologous Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation After ...
DG News - USA
"As multiple sclerosis is considered an incurable disease, quality of life is the overall treatment goal," emphasised Dr. Ionova. ...
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MS Caregiver

Dr. Kalb

Director of the Professional Resource Center at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in New York City, NY

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Q :
I am a single father who works full time with 1 child in middle school and 2 in high school. I am also the primary caregiver for my mother who has MS and lives with us. I have read in many articles about caregiving the importance of self-care. I just don’t know how I can look after myself the way I used to with 4 people dependent on me. How can I manage my time so that I include time for myself?
A :
Carving out time for oneself is never easy, particularly when a person has as much on his plate as you do. I think the best place to start is by giving yourself permission to focus on your own needs. Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean you’re being selfish or shirking your other responsibilities—it means that you’re doing the things you need to do to protect your physical, emotional, and spiritual health so that you can be there for those who depend on you. Like the flight attendant says, “If you are traveling with someone who needs assistance, put on your own oxygen mask first and then help with the other person’s mask.” The next step is to schedule some regular time for yourself every week. If you wait for the free time to happen, you’ll probably be out of luck, so block out bits of time on a family calendar for everyone to see. It could be for exercise, for a hobby or working on a pet project, or for taking a class—whatever suits your fancy. Whatever you choose let your family members know the plan. Your older children may be able to help with the younger one and with grandma while you busy. If your mother needs more assistance than they can provide during those short periods, you may be able to arrange some respite care through the MS Society of Canada for more information, please visit the website by clicking here . And churches and synagogues often have members who are interested in volunteering to help a caregiver who’s in need of some down time each week. Your well-being is important—so don’t be afraid to nurture and protect it.

6/13/2008 9:05:54 AM

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DISCLAIMER: Please be aware that this information does not necessarily represent the opinion of the MS Society of Canada, and is not intended as medical advice. For specific advice and opinion, always consult a physician.

© 2008 Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

MS sufferer who wants husband to help her die wins landmark ruling
Independent - London,England,UK
Ms Purdy, who was diagnosed in 1994 with primary progressive MS, believes she may have as little as a year left before she is unable to perform day-to-day ...
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MS sufferer Debbie Purdy wins right to hearing on assisted suicide
Times Online - UK
A multiple sclerosis sufferer won permission yesterday to bring a High Court challenge to clarify the law on assisted suicide. Two judges gave Debbie Purdy ...
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MS sufferer wins right to High Court challenge over law of ...
Mail on Sunday - London,UK
She was diagnosed in 1995 with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, which is incurable and worsens unpredictably. She has been dependent on a wheelchair ...
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MS sufferer wins first step in battle over assisted suicide
This is London - London,England,UK
A multiple sclerosis sufferer has won the first round in her legal battle to allow her husband to help her commit suicide. Two High Court judges granted ...
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MS sufferer wins assisted suicide challenge
Independent - London,England,UK
A multiple sclerosis sufferer won permission today to bring a High Court challenge to clarify the law on assisted suicide. Two judges gave Debbie Purdy ...
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Q Therapeutics Collaborates with Johns Hopkins to Study Use of ...
Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA
Q-Cells® may be applicable to a wide range of demyelinating diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), transverse myelitis, cerebral palsy, ...
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Jacobs gives UB $10 million
Buffalo News - NY, United States
But he may be best known for his groundbreaking research and treatment of multiple sclerosis. Jeremy Jacobs said he had been considering for sometime how to ...
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CIBC donates $500000 to the Montreal Neurological Institute for ...
McGill University Health Center - Montreal,Quebec,Canada
... molecular neuroscience, brain imaging, cognitive neuroscience and the study and treatment of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders. ...
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US life expectancy tops 78 as top diseases decline
The Associated Press -
Indeed, the drop in diabetes deaths was steep enough to allow Alzheimer's disease — which held about steady — to pass diabetes to become the nation's sixth ...
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Number of Ontarians with diabetes projected to double between 2000 ...
The Canadian Press - TORONTO
TORONTO — Ontario's Ministry of Health predicts 1.2 million people in the province will have diabetes by 2010, more than double the figure from the year ...
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