Monday, June 09, 2008

Stem Cell Vultures

Stem Cell Vultures
Glasgow Sunday Mail - UK
MULTIPLE sclerosis victim Janice Reed thought her prayers had been answered when she read about a pioneering cure that injected sufferers with stem cells. ...
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Burlington Post - Burlington,ON,Canada
The McMaster University-based team, led by Dr. Michel Rathbone and Dr. Shucui Jiang, regenerated nerves in the chronically-injured spinal cords of rats. ...
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Woman challenges law governing assisted suicide prosecutions - UK
Debbie Purdy lived life to the full before she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis - bumming around the world, jumping from planes, trekking through ...
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Project gives families of young diabetics hope
Sioux Falls Argus Leader - Sioux Falls,SD,USA
Sanford Chief Executive Kelby Krabbenhoft said they still have interest in the three other diseases - pediatric multiple sclerosis, lupus and human ...
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Carl Icahn says Biogen documents from failed sale process contain ...
Interactive Investor - London,England,UK
LONDON (Thomson Financial) - Leading Biogen Idec Inc. investor Carl Icahn said documents the company was forced to file to the Securities and Exchange ...
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Biogen, Icahn trade insults via the SEC
FiercePharma - Washington,DC,USA
... a potential buyer walked because it couldn't talk to the Irish drugmaker Elan, which partners with Biogen on the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri. ...
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Elan offered to help Biogen bidder
Irish Independent - Dublin,Ireland
Corporate raider Carl Icahn has alleged that Elan agreed not to change its Tysabri drug development partnership with Biogen if the pharmaceutical company ...
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MS Answers


Dr. Lee

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology)
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Q :
Are there any studies that show what happens to people who stop taking the disease modifying therapies and do not start up taking it again?
A :
There are no formal studies to examine this question accurately as patients often stop disease modifying therapies for different reasons. Some stop the drugs because they are getting worse (perceived little effect of the medication) whereas others would do so because of other reasons (such as side effects of medications) even when they are doing well. Both groups of patients will therefore lead a very different course of MS, once they stop the medication. The general consensus amongst neurologists would be that patients stopping medications will run the risk of letting the MS become more active, and will not be advised unless there is a clear indication to stop the drugs. Before making any changes to a plan of treatment, one should always consult one’s physician first.
6/9/2008 8:56:37 AM
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