Happy World MS Day!

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Let’s do our bit to advance research until we find a cure. and be part of the solution instead of the problem!

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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 (2017)

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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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MS News: April 2017

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The latest MS news about clinical trials, research, treatments, mental & emotional health, diet and lifestyle, including highlights from Barts MS Blog

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MS News: March 2017

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 Society Releases Statement on American Health Care Act National MS Society Urges Lawmakers to Oppose American Health Care Act Reducing Out-of-Pocket Cost Barriers to Specialty Drug Use Under Medicare Part […]

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MS News: October 2016

Highlight! Influenza, Vaccinations, MS Brain cognitive exhaustion is real for people with Multiple Sclerosis

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MS News: September 2016

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 to five days. Highlight! #ECTRIMS2016 – Congress on Latest in MS Research and Treatment Opens Sept. 14 #ECTRIMS2016 – Stay Up to Date with My Pick of Congress Highlights 25 […]

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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: August 2016

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! Guidelines for Neuropsychological Research in Multiple Sclerosis Multiple Sclerosis Journal Johns Hopkins Medicine: Multiple Sclerosis Benign MS Multiple System Atrophy Research $2 Million Grant to Study Fatigue in […]

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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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Positive 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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Positive 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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Come on, go red & kiss goodbye to MS!

From February 1st to March 18th MS Ireland, our national MS society, is taking part in Kiss Goodbye to MS, the first global major fundraising campaign that raises funds purely for multiple sclerosis research. Because of the reach of the initiative, it has the potential to accelerate around the world. Kiss Goodbye to MS started […]

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Positive 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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Positive 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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Positive 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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I don’t miss myself

So… Rugby world cup. At last. England in a fashion faux-pas. Coin toss aside, they resembled players of Wales, China, Japan or Kyrgyzstan (Fijian, red is Fijian). Mum’s nine-day visit to Ireland now over. Visited Dublin Zoo once again. New camera making me rather shutter-slow, hence prevalent photographic bonding with rear ends of several animals. […]

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Positive 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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Positive 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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Positive 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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Positive 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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Positive 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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Positive MS News: February 2015

Time flies, as we’re once again nearing the end of February. It’s been an attention-grabbing month, with several positive news stories about treatment and also, about a rather interesting collaboration between Google and Biogen Idec. First of all though, I wanted to add a link displaying how many clinical trials are ongoing as we speak. […]

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Positive MS News: December 2014

Well, it was a busy December, in more ways than one. I hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you the best for 2015. From the amount of research and clinical news we keep hearing about month after month, I can only be optimistic for the future. A cure will not happen tomorrow, […]

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Positive MS News: November 2014 (*F)

“Hoping for a cure? Of course. I am realistic though, as it might not happen in my lifetime. Simply being part of the solution, is all I wish for right now. Whichever comes first, the 8,000 people with MS in Ireland, 100,000 in the UK, 400,000 in the US and many other people around the world are looking forward, and simply… hope.”

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Positive MS News: October 2014

“54 New MS Research Projects to Receive Millions of Dollars in Funding.” I can only jump up and down like a child at Christmas reading about this. Even if or when we’re struggling with our illness, we know that lots is happening to help us forward in life. So please, enjoy the list with research & clinical trial news, updates on current medication and business & general news.”

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Positive MS News: April 2014

Research results Enhanced uptake of multiple sclerosis-derived myelin by THP-1 macrophages and primary human … 7thSpace Interactive (press release) – The pathological hallmark of multiple sclerosis (MS) is myelin phagocytosis. It remains unclear why microglia and macrophages demyelinate axons in … Textured insoles could be a positive step for people with MS UQ News – University […]

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Positive MS news: February 2014

The positives so far… Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Drug Copaxone Gets FDA Approval For Bigger Dose, Fewer Injections BioNews Texas – Copaxone injection for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis There is new news regarding a widely-used treatment for Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. According to the latest reports released by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the FDA has approved the company’s concentrated 3-times-per-week […]

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