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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a condition in which the immune system attacks myelin, the sheath that wraps around nerve cells. MS is more common in women than men, and can strike at any age, although it is more commonly diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. The symptoms of MS can vary widely, depending on the nerves that are affected. Some common MS symptoms are extreme fatigue, numbness and tingling, vision problems, and weakness or balance problems.

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Multiple sclerosis is a condition in which the immune system attacks myelin, the sheath that wraps around nerve cells.

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  • Seasonal Melatonin Levels May Affect MS Flare-Ups, Study Says

    By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Higher levels of the hormone melatonin are linked to a lower incidence of multiple sclerosis (MS) flare-ups during the darker months of fall and winter, new research suggests. American and Argentinian scientists also found that treating mice with melatonin could improve symptoms of the disease, which [...]

  • Quitting Smoking After MS Diagnosis May Delay Disease Progression

    TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Multiple sclerosis progresses faster in people who continue to smoke compared to smokers who quit after their diagnosis, a new study finds. “This study demonstrates that smoking after MS diagnosis has a negative impact on the progression of the disease, whereas reduced smoking may improve patient quality of life, [...]

  • Women Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Have MS Relapse: Study

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Breast-feeding exclusively for at least two months may help new mothers with multiple sclerosis (MS) lower their risk of relapse, new research suggests. Exclusive breast-feeding, without supplementing, seems to be key, the researchers said. “We found that women with MS who breast-fed exclusively had a significantly lower [...]

  • Exercise May Help Kids With Multiple Sclerosis

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children with multiple sclerosis (MS) who exercise have less disease activity than those who don’t, researchers report. “The study is a first look, so we can’t draw any definitive conclusion from it,” said study author Dr. E. Ann Yeh, director of the pediatric MS and neuroinflammatory [...]

  • Evidence Supports Medical Pot for Some Conditions, Not Others

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana can be useful in treating chronic pain, but may be less effective for other conditions, a new analysis reveals. A review of nearly 80 clinical trials involving medical marijuana or marijuana-derived drugs revealed moderately strong evidence to support their use in treating chronic pain, [...]

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