ArchiveOctober 2011

CSSVI News: Pro Data

Bastianello S, Romani A, Viselner G, Colli Tibaldi E, Giugni E, Altieri M, Cecconi P, Mendozzi L, Farina M, Mariani D, Galassi A, Quattrini C, Mancini M, Bresciamorra V, Lagace A, McDonald S, Bono G, Bergamaschi R. Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency in Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical Correlates from a Multicentre Study. BMC Neurol. 2011 Oct 26;11:132. BACKGROUND: Chronic cerebrospinal venous...

Results from the first trial of vitamin D for MS

A randomized trial of high-dose vitamin D2 in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Stein et al, Neurology, October 25, 2011 OBJECTIVE: Higher latitude, lower ultraviolet exposure, and lower serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) correlate with higher multiple sclerosis (MS) prevalence, relapse rate, and mortality. We therefore evaluated the effects of high-dose vitamin D2 (D2) in MS...

Research: Antibiotics and MS

Nørgaard M, Nielsen RB, Jacobsen JB, Gradus JL, Stenager E, Koch-Henriksen N, Lash TL, Sørensen HT. Use of Penicillin and Other Antibiotics and Risk of Multiple Sclerosis: A Population-based Case-Control Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2011;174:945-8. Background: A 2006 study from the United Kingdom (163 cases) found that penicillin use may decrease the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS). Methods: To confirm...

Science News: Microbes in the Gut Trigger MS?

Berer K, Mues M, Koutrolos M, Rasbi ZA, Boziki M, Johner C, Wekerle H, Krishnamoorthy G. Commensal microbiota and myelin autoantigen cooperate to trigger autoimmune demyelination. Nature. 2011 Oct 26. doi: 10.1038/nature10554. [Epub ahead of print] At ECTRIMS last week, there were a few Docs talking about digging in Pooh, looking for the Gold (Gut Flora) that teaches Us about the Trigger of MS...

CCSVI: Un-supportive Data

Epub: Doepp F, Würfel JT, Pfueller CF, Valdueza JM, Petersen D, Paul F, Schreiber SJ. Venous drainage in multiple sclerosis: A combined MRI and ultrasound study. Neurology. 2011 Oct 26. [Epub ahead of print] “Our Data Contradictic the 100% prevalence of CCSVI criteria in MS”……..Another paper going with the tide! Will the Idea Drown? BACKGROUND: Chronic cerebrospinal venous...

CCSVI: Pro-Data

Epub: Zivadinov R, Poloni GU, Marr K, Schirda CV, Magnano CR, Carl E, Bergsland N, Hojnacki D, Kennedy C, Beggs CB, Dwyer MG, Weinstock-Guttman B. Decreased brain venous vasculature visibility on susceptibility-weighted imaging venography in patients with multiple sclerosis is related to chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency. BMC Neurol. 2011 ;11(1):128. “Good News for CCSVIers...

Research News: Embryonic Stem Cells

It appears that a new European court ruling suggests that procedures that use embryonic stem cells cannot be patented. This has the knock-on effect that comapnies cannot directly profit from such discovery. However it should not mean that this is the end of stem cell research in Europe. According to “The Guardian” the decision from the European court results form a legal clarification...

Research Question; The One-Off Cure

Whilst Trying to Gag and Complaining About Prof G to our Bosses You Wrote: “Under what conditions could anyone [even a Neurologist] propose a one-time cure [not a more effective maintenance and management drug regime] for MS without falling victim to pharmaceutical influence? How do MS families work through their elected representatives to ensure such conditions exist?” The considerable...

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