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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THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Treatment targeting specific white blood cells in the immune system known as B cells may help people with multiple sclerosis (MS), new research suggests. The study involved 231 people with a form of MS that’s called relapsing-remitting. For these patients, there are times when their disease is very active. [...]
By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A handful of people taking a medication called Rebif to treat multiple sclerosis have developed a serious condition that causes blood clots to form in small blood vessels throughout the body. In a letter in the March 27 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, [...]
By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers report that they think they have figured out why patients who take the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri face a high risk of developing a rare, and sometimes fatal, brain infection. A common virus that can cause the brain disease progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) likes [...]
Medical marijuana pills and sprays might ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but most other alternative therapies do little to lessen the pain and muscle rigidity that often accompanies the disease, according to new guidelines.
High doses of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin—sold under the brand name Zocor—appeared to slow brain shrinkage in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to a small, early study from England.