Tuesday, June 24, 2008

MS News

 

Summaries of MS news from websites around the world.

2007 Stem Cell Research Summit: report now available

The report from 2007’s Stem Cell Research Summit has now been published in a peer-reviewed journal, Multiple Sclerosis. We co-funded and co-hosted the summit with the US National MS Society (NMSS) in San Francisco.

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Hopkins reports success with MS treatment
Baltimore Sun - United States
In 2004, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis (MS), which left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair for more than a year. ...
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Chancellor presents Honorary Degrees
Cambridge Network - Cambridge,UK
He is particularly noted for the development of CAMPATH-1H, a monoclonal antibody used in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. ...
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She needs health insurance
San Bernardino Sun - San Bernardino,CA,USA
Specifically, Keppra is from UCB, Carbatrol ER is from Shire US, and Felbatol is from Meda Pharmaceuticals. Perhaps this is the basis from which to start. ...
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Study: Pill Slows Effects of Multiple Sclerosis
FOXNews - USA
The pill laquinimod appears to slow the disease and is well-tolerated by patients with the relapsing form of the disease, Reuters reports. ...
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Acorda shares fall on downgrade
Business in the Burbs - White Plains,NY,USA
The company has reported positive results from a study of its fampridine-SR, a treatment to help MS patients with walking. Friedman Billings lowered its ...
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Health Winners & Losers: Barrier Therapeutics
TheStreet.com - USA
... noting the lack of catalysts for the stock until early 2009, when it will seek FDA approval for its multiple sclerosis drug Fampridine-SR.
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Ahead of the Bell: Acorda Therapeutics downgraded
Forbes - NY,USA
Acorda Therapeutics Inc. plans to submit an approval application for Fampridine-SR with the Food and Drug Administration in the first quarter of 2009. ...
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Acorda Therapeutics falls following downgrade
Forbes - NY,USA
Acorda Therapeutics Inc. plans to submit an approval application for Fampridine-SR with the Food and Drug Administration in the first quarter of 2009. ...
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Premarket roundup: Acorda, Motorola
Forbes - NY,USA
AP 06.23.08, 10:29 AM ET NEW YORK (AP) - A Friedman Billings Ramsey analyst thinks shares of Acorda Therapeutics will stay around their current price until ...
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Artist creates transcendent world of color, light
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com - Portland,OR,USA
Dailey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1970s. The disease forced the artist to move from oils to acrylic because the thinning agent used for ...
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Effectiveness of Rehabilitation Intervention in persons with Multiple sclerosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

The authors investigated the effectiveness of rehabilitation in people with MS. They found that it can help to reduce disability, but its impact on quality of life needs further evaluation.

authors: Khan F, Pallant JF, Brand C, Kilpatrick TJ.

source: J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2008 Jun 5. [Epub ahead of print]

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Clinical and radiographic spectrum of pathologically confirmed tumefactive multiple sclerosis.

The authors investigated the characteristics of a rare type of MS lesion which can cause diagnostic difficulty. They found that they were not associated with any particular disease pattern.

authors: Lucchinetti CF, Gavrilova RH, Metz I, Parisi JE, Scheithauer BW, Weigand S, Thomsen K, Mandrekar J, Altintas A, Erickson BJ, König F, Giannini C, Lassmann H, Linbo L, Pittock SJ, Brück W.

source: Brain. 2008 Jun 5. [Epub ahead of print]

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A first stage genome-wide screen for regions shared identical-by-descent in Hutterite families with multiple sclerosis.

The authors investigated MS genetics in a Canadian community with a tradition of marriages to blood relations. They found some genetic differences between people with and without MS, but further studies are needed.

authors: Dyment DA, Cader MZ, Datta A, Broxholme SJ, Cherny SS, Willer CJ, Ramagopalan S, Herrera BM, Orton S, Chao M, Sadovnick AD, Hader M, Hader W, Ebers GC.

source: Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2008 Jun 5;147B(4):467-72.

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Involvement of the choroid plexus in multiple sclerosis autoimmune inflammation: A neuropathological study.

The authors looked at the choroid plexus, which produces spinal fluid. They found more inflammation there in people with MS which may suggest that it is involved in the condition.

authors: Vercellino M, Votta B, Condello C, Piacentino C, Romagnolo A, Merola A, Capello E, Mancardi GL, Mutani R, Giordana MT, Cavalla P.

source: J Neuroimmunol. 2008 Jun 6. [Epub ahead of print]

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Early identification of interferon-beta responders by ex vivo testing in patients with multiple sclerosis.

The authors investigated the role of some inflammatory molecules in the blood as predictive markers for response to interferon-beta treatment in people with MS. They found that one of them called IL-10 maybe useful in predicting response.

authors: Wiesemann E, Deb M, Hemmer B, Radeke HH, Windhagen A

source: Clin Immunol. 2008 Jun 6. [Epub ahead of print]

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vitamin D

Study finds that healthy Indian hospital workers display low ...
By Amy Proal
In fact, in their introduction to a recent study on vitamin D, the team postulated further, stating that “it has been presumed that Indians have ’sufficient’ levels of vitamin D.” And who wouldn’t presume such a thing? ...
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Sunlight and vitamin D good for chronic fatigue syndrome?
O the protocol patients must avoid sunlight exposure and dietary sources of vitamin D as disruption of the metabolism of this vitamin is said to be at the heart of the immune dysfunction associated with the condition.
Digg / upcoming - http://digg.com/

Vitamin D Deficit May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
By Ultimate Exposure(Ultimate Exposure)
Men with a vitamin D deficiency at the start of the study were more than twice as likely to have a heart attack as those in the normal range, even after other reasons such as family history, weight, diabetes and cholesterol levels were ...
Ultimate Exposure's Dose of D - http://sunbedsandvitamind.blogspot.com/

Get a little sun this summer!
By esun
Studies increasingly are suggesting the value of vitamin D – often known as the sunshine vitamin, because that’s one way you can obtain it – in everything from bone metabolism to maintaining muscle strength, immune function, ...
TanToday - Helping Salon Owners,... - http://www.tantoday.com/forums

Vitamin D May Promote Colon Cancer Survival
By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer patients with high blood levels of vitamin D...
KVOA - Health - http://www.kvoa.com/global/category.asp?c=43474

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