Jammed filter!

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Every so often, people say things that shouldn’t be said.

Literally.

Some things just shouldn’t.

Us humans – living, breathing, excessively addictive to social media – have to endure the result of a very selfishly applied verb.

We communicate. And not always very well.

In fact, I am sure your brain-to-mouth filter runs into trouble every so often, and you have suffered from that same technical glitch just as much as I have.

We just cannot take back our words.

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0% responsibility – 100% accountability

1ebc241f7cb451636a9ff3ccedcf4945Imagine this… Some time ago you were finally able to give answers to these two questions, “Who am I, and what is my purpose in life?” While admitting the questions were rather philosophical as well as personal, you are suddenly thrown back to square one, and you once again want to find out who and what.

Ouch.

Like most people, my answers came and went as every meaningful tide in life left a new imprint on my senses. Continue reading 0% responsibility – 100% accountability

MS News: August 2016

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Below are some MS-related topics that made the headlines this month. Do come back to check again, though, as the list will be updated every three days.

Highlight!

  1. Guidelines for Neuropsychological Research in Multiple Sclerosis
  2. Multiple Sclerosis Journal
  3. Johns Hopkins Medicine: Multiple Sclerosis
  4. Benign MS
  5. Multiple System Atrophy Research
  6. $2 Million Grant to Study Fatigue in People with MS
  7. What health conditions do people rank as worse than death?
  8. Multiple Sclerosis in Children

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MS News: July 2016

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Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have begun a £2 million research programme to investigate reversing the damage caused by Multiple Sclerosis.

Highlight!

  1. Childhood MS: A guide for parents
  2. Queen’s University Belfast Awarded £2M in Bid to Reverse Myelin Damage in MS
  3. Exploring Multiple Sclerosis from the Inside

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40 Self-care strategies

We all get preoccupied with our personal, social and professional life sometimes. In doing so, we often forget that self-care is quite important. After all, ‘mens sana in corpore sano’ or ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’ is one of the biggest and best gifts you can give yourself. For those less fortunate in the health department – including yours truly – you can adopt a few easy steps to make yourself feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.

You can only move forward in life when you take ownership of everything in it, my mantra is ‘Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

With that in mind, so, practising below hints makes them a lot more easy to follow.

Morning

  • Wake up early. Carpe diem! You get a lot more done when you wake up early and seize the day.
  • Start your day with five minutes of breathing in deeply through your nose, holding your breath and then breathing out through your mouth. Put your hand on your belly, and feel it rising and falling noticeably while breathing. You can easily do this lying down or sit in a chair.
  • Add a good cleansing ritual by drinking a glass of warm water and lemon before having breakfast.
  • Continue drinking fluids every day, especially when you take a lot of medication.
  • Take as much time for breakfast, lunch and dinner as you need, and let the food settle in your stomach before sitting or lying down again to avoid indigestion.
  • Don’t forget to get the necessary rays of direct sunshine to get some vitamin D. Cloudy days limit your intake and sitting behind glass doesn’t produce vitamin D, so you need to go outside and find some sunshine.
  • Prioritise your daily or weekly tasks to get as much enjoyment and time out of it as possible.

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MS News: May 2016

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Highlight!

  1. People with MS Share How They Are Stronger Than MS and Maintain Independence on World MS Day May 25

Research

  1. Hebrew University and Aurum Ventures Team to Create a Diagnostic Blood Test for RRMS
  2. JC Virus Carries a Mutation in MS Patients That Amplifies Brain Disease Known as PML
  3. MS and Young Adult-onset Hodgkin Lymphoma May Share Underlying Causes, Study Says
  4. Gut Microbiota in Young MS Patients Is Higher in Pro-Inflammatory Bacteria Than Usual, Study Finds
  5. Sanofi Genzyme and Johns Hopkins Partner on MS Research Projects into Disease Progression
  6. Study of Immune System Response to Viral Infection Revives Possibility of Link Between MS and Viruses
  7. Gut Bacteria Affects Myelin Content and Induces MS-Like Depression in Mice, Study Reports
  8. Modern Medicine’s Promising Future for MS Treatment: Stem Cell Therapy
  9. Fluorosamine Seen to Boost Remyelination in MS Mouse Model by Blocking Scarring Molecules
  10. Combined Use of Imaging Techniques Allows Scientists to Peer Into Myelin Formation
  11. High Glutamate Levels in Brain Seen to Drive MS Progression
  12. MS Patients May Be Prone to Other Chronic Illnesses, Study Finds
  13. Key Pathway in Antibody B-Cell Production Identified, Important to Diseases Like MS
  14. Cognitive Difficulties Known to MS Traced to Problems in Nerve Cell Activity in Hippocampus
  15. Low Prenatal Vitamin D Linked to Later MS in Offspring

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Positive MS News: April 2016

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Highlight!

  1. New injectable multiple sclerosis drug given go-ahead 
  2. Smoking Cessation Decelerates Brain Volume Loss in Multiple Sclerosis

Research

  1. Catching glandular fever can prevent multiple sclerosis
  2. Drug boosts myelin regeneration in mice raising hope of future treatments for MS
  3. Gut Bacteria Affects Myelin Content and Induces MS-Like Depression in Mice, Study Reportsultiple sclerosis development risk linked with where you live
  4. The nature of genetic susceptibility to multiple sclerosis: constraining the possibilities
  5. A Way Forward in Treating Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis?
  6. Study Shows Potential of Novel Compound to Treat Multiple Sclerosis
  7. Cytokine Once Thought Only to Promote Inflammation Now Seen to Have Restorative Properties, Too
  8. Multiple sclerosis: A new leap forward?
  9. Technique measures ‘postural sway’ to diagnose neuromuscular disorders
  10. Multiple sclerosis Could Helicobacter pylori provide protection against multiple sclerosis?

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