Understanding clinical trials

A clinical trial is a research study in which volunteers receive investigational treatments under the supervision of a physician and other research professionals. These treatments are developed by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies who select qualified physicians, also known as investigators, to conduct clinical trials to determine the benefits of investigational drugs. Clinical trials are usually […]

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15 Essential MS Websites

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Barts MS Blog Multiple Sclerosis on Neurology Times MS Trust Shift MS National Multiple Sclerosis Society (US) Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Multiple Sclerosis Research News Multiple Sclerosis News Today Healthline, Understanding Multiple Sclerosis Multiple Sclerosis Society (UK) The MS Society of Ireland MultipleSclerosis.net Medscape Multiple Sclerosis Very well: Multiple Sclerosis Non-existent link © Willeke […]

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Raw

Social media often finds me catching my breath because of its reach, its intent and its questioning behaviour towards the mindset of the people they follow. After tweeting about the content of my blog, I received a rather ignorant private message from someone asking how raw my content, or I, can get and if I […]

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MS News: May 2016

Highlight! People with MS Share How They Are Stronger Than MS and Maintain Independence on World MS Day May 25 Research Hebrew University and Aurum Ventures Team to Create a Diagnostic Blood Test for RRMS JC Virus Carries a Mutation in MS Patients That Amplifies Brain Disease Known as PML MS and Young Adult-onset Hodgkin […]

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MS News: April 2016

Highlight! New injectable multiple sclerosis drug given go-ahead  Smoking Cessation Decelerates Brain Volume Loss in Multiple Sclerosis Research Catching glandular fever can prevent multiple sclerosis Drug boosts myelin regeneration in mice raising hope of future treatments for MS Gut Bacteria Affects Myelin Content and Induces MS-Like Depression in Mice, Study Reportsultiple sclerosis development risk linked with […]

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MS News: March 2016

Highlight! Researchers spill the beans on coffee and MS Health Benefits Of Coffee: Multiple Sclerosis Risk Lower In People Who Drink More Java Daily Coffee may help combat Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Research Diabetic Oral Drugs Like Metformin Eased MS Symptoms in People with Both Diseases, Study Reports Signaling Molecule Seen to Induce CNS Remyelination in […]

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MS News: February 2016

Highlight! SHEMAR MOORE JOINS KISS GOODBYE ACTRIMS 2016 ACTRIMS 2016 Talk Weighs Clinical Differences, Similarities in 2 Major Forms of MS Results of New SPMS Study to Be Presented at ACTRIMS Effects of Specific Antibodies on MS Neurodegeneration to Be Presented at ACTRIMS Forum Treadmill Exercise Benefits MS Patients, According to Study Presented at ACTRIMS Forum […]

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MS News: January 2016

Highlight! Multiple sclerosis in 2015: Managing the complexity of multiple sclerosis Cancer Treatment Shows “Remarkable” Ability to Reverse Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

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MS News: November 2015

Highlight! Multiple sclerosis health news roundup 2015: MS prevention and treatment breakthroughs Study To Test Impact Of Chocolate On Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue Oxford Brookes to Study if Chocolate Could Actually Help Cure Multiple Sclerosis Chocolate could ease multiple sclerosis symptoms

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MS News: October 2015

It was a busy month. ECTRIMS (European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis Congress; October 7 – 10, 2015 in Barcelona) came and went, with insight and data offered on existing and new therapies.

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]MS News: September 2015

Highlight! Less vitamin D and melatonin bad for multiple sclerosis Multiple sclerosis relapse risk influenced by melatonin levels Melatonin could help treat multiple sclerosis Melatonin Linked to Seasonal Relapses of Multiple Sclerosis

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MS News: August 2015

Vitamin D research was once again a recurring news story this month, with more studies linking lack of vitamin D to MS. Also widely reported was the news Novartis bought GlaxoSmithKline’s remaining rights to Ofatumumab, an investigational multiple sclerosis medicine, for up to $1 billion. Highlight! Gene study finds link between multiple sclerosis and low […]

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MS News: July 2015

Because of the summer holidays, less positive news has filtered through. Either way, enjoy, and hopefully more next month! Research Gene Regulating Treatment Response in Multiple Sclerosis Identified New Study Evaluates The Role of MRI in Monitoring MS Progression Multiple Sclerosis Nano-Drugs in Liposomes Could Treat Multiple Sclerosis Altered Immune Cells in Relapsing Remitting Multiple […]

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MS News: June 2015

There’s only one topic in the Highlight! part of the good news list this month. In my view, more private firms should be involved in clinical research, sponsorships of medical institutions etc. In essence, it’s in everyone’s best interests, i.e. everyone’s health, theirs included. What’s your view on this? Answer below!

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MS News: May 2015

New additions: news about MS and diet, exercise etc. More will follow soon! Highlight! Hawaii Legislature approves medical marijuana dispensaries Medical marijuana registry in Quebec called world’s first Texas Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill State health officials unveil new marijuana dispensary rules

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Hope cures old wounds

“The illness is mine, but the tragedy theirs,” when asked how my family feels about my condition. When I entered the MS academy, I read the small print and knew it wouldn’t be a 365-day holiday. However, I tolerate MS. There’s no resentment or blame, no more heartache, guilt or doubt. I find solace in seeing science produce more and better research results and medication. Clinical trials are moving forward at a pace that will eventually lead to an easier life with an illness that is as fickle as MS.”

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MS News: April 2015

Research news Miconazole and clobetasol may be effective as multiple sclerosis therapies Drug Derived From Sea Anemone Shows Promise Against Psoriasis, MS Novel Drug From Nature Shows Early Promise ‘Brainbow’ illuminates cellular connections MS Association of America releases 2015 multiple sclerosis research update B Vitamin Promising in Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Phenytoin protects against optical damage […]

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MS News: March 2015

Yes, here’s the March edition already! I will try and update the post each week as it will be a busy month ahead with Brain Awareness Week in Ireland, National MS Education and Awareness Month is an effort by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) and the US National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS Awareness Week. The […]

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Clinical trials explained

  In the UK, it takes over 12 years to develop a new medicine to the standards of quality, efficacy and safety laid down by legislation. It typically costs £1.15 billion to do all the research and development necessary before a new medicine can be licensed for use. The majority of medicines under development never […]

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