Tag Archives: Brain

MS News: April 2017

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Highlight!

  1. Canadian Study of MS-Prone Family Proves that in Rare Cases, Multiple Sclerosis is Inherited
  2. Large Family Study Strengthens Case for Inherited Multiple Sclerosis
  3. New Survey Finds Multiple Sclerosis Patients Struggle with Misdiagnosis and Invisible Symptoms

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Jammed filter!

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For more on memory and thinking, click on the above image (©MS Ireland)

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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MS News: March 2017

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Highlight still on American Healthcare Act, the replacement plan for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) released by Congress on March 6, 2017

  1. Society Releases Statement on American Health Care Act
  2. National MS Society Urges Lawmakers to Oppose American Health Care Act
  3. Reducing Out-of-Pocket Cost Barriers to Specialty Drug Use Under Medicare Part D: Addressing
  4. Researchers find patients’ annual financial burden under Medicare Part D is ‘too much too soon’

 

New book by the honourable American/Irish author and friend Trevis Gleason!

  1. Chef Interrupted: Discovering Life’s Second Course in Ireland with Multiple Sclerosis

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  1. Blood Diagnostic Test for Multiple Sclerosis to be Released in May 2017

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Mental or physical, your choice

10906095_10152968660468908_3270331244306118983_nAfter the fun-filled celebration of having to scroll further down age-selection forms on the internet yet again, I felt rather bemused at how fast life was whizzing through highs, lows and the “despite this/that…” moments.

So, once the usual questions “How’s the facial pain going?” as well as “Willeke, why do you never smile at the camera?!”, I wanted to give as much information in one sentence as possible. Sometimes it’s good to be low on energy as it automatically stops you from talking about “that” subject for the rest of the day.

“That” → MS. Facial pain. Or pain, period. Continue reading

MS News: June 2016

Research

  1. Nerve-insulating cells more diverse than previously thought
  2. Heart monitor implant could save lives in patients with serious immune disease
  3. ANKRD55: New gene involved in Multiple Sclerosis discovered
  4. In MS, can better sleep improve cognition?
  5. PET detects neuroinflammation in multiple sclerosis
  6. Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia – is there a connection? – Patient Talk
  7. CD8 Cells after Immunological Stem Cell Reconstitutions
  8. Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy in a patient without apparent immunosuppression
  9. Antibodies in the CSF may be secondary to damage
  10. How do cells enter the Brain?
  11. ResearchSpeak: grey matter lesions
  12. Link between gut bacteria, MS discovered
  13. Continued inflammation in SPMS – the role of antibodies to galectin-3
  14. Obesity and multiple sclerosis: Is there a causal relationship?
  15. Gut Microbiota is different in MS
  16. The autoimmune predilection: rheumatoid arthritis in MS
  17. Tracking brain atrophy in MS could become routine, thanks to software developed at UB
  18. Diet and Gut Microbiome Influences Multiple Sclerosis Disease Activity
  19. Cerebral Microbleeds May Be Linked to Disability in Multiple Sclerosis

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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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TN triggers, symptoms, examination & diagnosis

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A number of causes can be attributed to facial pain, which makes a trigeminal neuralgia diagnosis an often challenging experience. Patient distress, as well as the clinical overlap with general dentistry, can lead to different kind of outcomes before the diagnosis is made. Because of this, close attention needs to be paid to avoid misdiagnosis, especially as one of the symptoms of a neurodegenerative illness.

In those without MS, compression of the trigeminal nerve is a common cause of TN. It is believed to be the pressing of a blood vessel on the trigeminal nerve as it leaves the brainstem, causing the wearing away of the protective coating around the myelin sheath around the nerve. When the nerve fibres short-circuit, electric shock-like pain happens.

People with MS are 20 times more likely to develop TN, of which approx. 20% can experience it on both sides of the face (although rarely at the same time). Compression is unlikely to be the reason in those living with MS, where the cause most likely is a demyelinating scar or plaque.

More rarely, symptoms of TN may be caused by nerve compression from a tumour. Injury to the trigeminal nerve (perhaps the result of sinus surgery, oral surgery, stroke, or facial trauma) may also produce neuropathic facial pain. Continue reading

Positive MS News: March 2016

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Highlight!

  1. Researchers spill the beans on coffee and MS
  2. Health Benefits Of Coffee: Multiple Sclerosis Risk Lower In People Who Drink More Java Daily
  3. Coffee may help combat Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Research

  1. Diabetic Oral Drugs Like Metformin Eased MS Symptoms in People with Both Diseases, Study Reports
  2. Signaling Molecule Seen to Induce CNS Remyelination in Mice with Spinal Injuries
  3. Oral MS Drug Derived from Plant Peptide Seen to Stop Disease Progression in Mice Continue reading

Are you getting enough?

No… no… put that wild thought out of your mind. You, my dear, are thinking of something else altogether. There are no sexy half-clad people involved. No Massive Attack or something more contemporary playing in the background. No soft light that shows your funny left side in a better light.

In fact, what I would like you to focus on, is the place of my dreams.

A library. A museum. A near-empty supermarket.

Dublin Zoo at 9.30am. The Irish countryside. An empty park.

All this, and then just a little bit more. Continue reading

Use it or lose it!

Life with MS?

“60% hospital visits to keep the national health department satisfied, 10% sweat, and 0% tears.”

When I’m told that 30% is missing, I agree.

“30% is memory loss, which rather proves a point.” Continue reading

Trigeminal Neuralgia infochart

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MRI scans, hope or defeat

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A war zone. It sounded like a war zone. Sound effects of an AK47 gun amid MRI vibrations and banging noises usually taking place on construction sites. Tinnitus adding an overlay I can miss like never before.

Magnetic resonance imaging is a godsend to ill people. In regards to MS, it gives a clear view on what is physically going wrong inside the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Add some contrast fluid, and yours can lit up like a Christmas tree, just like mine did this morning. Or so I was told.

Sudden, loud sounds twitches my head involuntarily. The upstairs part of my body locked in a mask, I now realise how Leo felt when he played The Man in the Iron Mask. Continue reading

What MS looks like in your brain

What is MS?

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Brain facts

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BrainFacts.org

BrainFacts.org – Neuromyths

SharpBrains

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