Wednesday, June 11, 2008


“HiCy” Drug Regimen Reverses MS Symptoms in Selected Patients
Newswise (press release) - USA
Newswise — A short-term, very-high dose regimen of the immune-suppressing drug cyclophosphamide seems to slow progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) in most ...
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'HiCy' drug regimen reverses ms symptoms in selected patients
EurekAlert (press release) - Washington,DC,USA
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 ...
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'HiCy' Drug Regimen Reverses MS Symptoms in Selected Patients; New ...
AScribe (press release) - USA
Cyclophosphamide kills immune-system cells but spares the bone marrow stem cells that make them. The usual method of delivering it in pulsed, small doses, ...
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Promising New Therapy For MS Patients
Medical News Today - UK
An article posted early online from the Archive of Neurology reports on a promising new treatment for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). ...
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Smoking hurts mind as well as body
San Diego Union Tribune - United States
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Treatment with an immune-suppressing drug may help people with the incurable disease multiple sclerosis, researchers said on Monday. ...
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Cancer treatment benefits MS patients in study
SmartBrief - Washington,DC,USA
Nine patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis who received high doses of cyclophosphamide, a cancer treatment, for four consecutive days showed ...
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Merrimack Pipeline Gets $60M Series F Boost
TMCnet - USA
... in a Series F private equity financing to help move along its midstage pipeline featuring MM-093, a recombinant version of human alpha-fetoprotein. ...
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MS Caregiver

Dr. Rodgers

Cinical psychologist at the University of Alberta Hospital

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Q :
I am 25 years old and provide at least 6 hours of care a day to my mother, I also have a full time job. I am starting to feel really down, and find that I am exhausted all the time. I used to make time for my friends and go to the gym but these days I just don’t have the motivation to do either. I have heard about caregiver burn-out. Are depression and fatigue some of the signs and if so what can I do to prevent it getting worse? I don’t want to start taking it out on anyone, especially not my mom.
A :
Caregiving is a delicate balance between providing safety and comfort to your mother while preserving your own health and quality of life to the fullest extent possible. With a full time job in addition to the six hours of care you provide your mother daily, your life is tipping the scale towards burnout.
If you fail to acknowledge and reduce the chronic stress you are under, the quality of care you can provide will likely deteriorate. As you struggle to cope, your physical and mental health, as well as your job may suffer. You already recognize the toll it is taking on your social life. The depression, fatigue and behavioral changes you described are warning signs that you need to take better care of yourself so that you can continue to provide support for your mother.
Unfortunately burnout can eventually lead to resentment, physical abuse and mental abuse from individuals who never raised a voice or a hand against one another. However, with help this reaction is preventable. Begin by considering all potential resources. Are there siblings, extended family or close friends who might share in your mother’s care? Is your mother a member of a church which might be willing to set up a volunteer schedule? Is homecare available? Can your mother afford to hire some additional help? Is there a day centre where your mother can socialize and have some of her personal care needs met? Have you taken advantage of respite care so that you get a break and rejuvenate?
Without knowing your situation I will include questions about your motivation. Does your mother actually need six hours of care daily or is it possible that you give your time out of obligation or “guilt”? Are you dedicated beyond what your own health can sustain? Do you have difficulty asking others to help out because you feel you are the only one who can do the job well?
If none of the questions above help with your particular situation, generate a list of individuals or groups who might better know your situation and be able to provide suggestions or links to helpful resources. Do not shy away from asking for help. You are not alone in this difficult situation. Organizations like the MS Society recognize the plight of the caregiver and are advocating for more resources.
Your frustrations are real and your need for help is legitimate. You owe it to yourself and your mother to find a balance in your life that preserves this loving relationship.
6/11/2008 1:57:38 PM
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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.
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Primary progressive Multiple sclerosis

Court To Decide Whether To Review Law On Assisted Suicide, UK
Medical News Today (press release) - UK
Debbie Purdy, 45, from Bradford, who suffers from Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, is asking the DPP to issue a statement that reflects the true ...
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Woman in assisted suicide fight - UK
A multiple sclerosis sufferer is fighting to protect her husband if she decides to commit assisted suicide abroad. Debbie Purdy, 45, wants to know whether ...
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MS woman begins right-to-die bid
BBC News - UK
A woman with multiple sclerosis is due to ask the High Court to clarify the law on suicide. Debbie Purdy, 45, from Bradford, is considering travelling to a ...
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Stop the scowling
York Press - York,UK
I'll just clarify for the record, I have progressive multiple sclerosis and at 43 will be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. ...
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Multiple Sclerosis
from Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D.
For some reason, every year I am surprised by summer. I spend months dreading it and watching the weather forecast, but that first day over 90 degrees always stuns me. Anyway, in the spirit of keeping cool and fighting the MS-related heat intolerance, I am putting together some of my heat articles for you to look at (even though you may have seen them before). Stay cool and take care of yourselves.
In the Spotlight
Heat Intolerance in People with MS
If the heat makes you suffer, you are not alone. Heat can cause all of our symptoms to feel worse, resurrecting old ones that we have forgotten about and even alerting us to ones that we really didn't know we had.
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Tips for Dealing with MS-Related Heat Intolerance
There are some solutions, though. Some of these might sound a little "hokey," but give them a try before you scoff.
Read the full article: Tips to Survive the Summer for People with MS

Biogen Got $82 Buyout Offer From Icahn, Company Says (Update1)
Bloomberg - USA
Biogen splits worldwide sales of the Tysabri MS treatment with Elan. The medicine was pulled from the market for a year after it was linked to deadly brain ...
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UPDATE 1-Biogen says proxy advisers back it in Icahn fight
Reuters - USA
Biogen, which sells the multiple sclerosis drugs Avonex and Tysabri, and the cancer drug Rituxan, denies the charge, saying it conducted a responsible ...
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Big pharma gets creative

Posted by Alla Katsnelson

[Entry posted at 10th June 2008 09:53 PM GMT]

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With blockbuster drug patents set to expire in the next few years, big pharma is looking hard for ways to pack the discovery pipeline.
One approach: the biotech model. Patrick Vallance, the head of drug discovery at GlaxoSmithKline, said at a meeting on Friday (June 6) that research at the company would be reorganized to be "more biotech-like," the Financial Times reported. He said the plan was to split drug discovery into small units focused on specific disease areas, "and reward people based on successful value creation," while providing "disincentives" against destroying value.
Another approach: the granting agency. Pfizer and the University of California, San Francisco, announced a partnership today (June 10) in which the company will contribute $9.5 million to early-stage research at the university over the next three years.
Usually, industry funding targets specific projects, but in this case, researchers at the UCSF's Institute for Quantitative Biosciences will collaborate more broadly with the company, with both parties working together to identify promising ideas in different health disciples. Daniel Sanit, the institute's director, told the San Francisco Chronicle that academic researchers and their institution will retain patents to any inventions, while Pfizer will have the right to negotiate licenses on the technology.


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