ArchiveFebruary 2013

Research day Question Time-Question#7

The seventh and last Question of Question Time filmed for the MS Blog at the Research Day February 2013.  Question 7. “Will there be a cure for ms within the next 5-10 years? (Q.posted 29th Dec. 2012)”. Panel:  David BakerJeremy ChatawayRuth DobsonIla GangotraGavin GiovannoniGareth Pryce-ChairVasilis Vasilopoulos For Introductions see Beginning of Question 1 Question...

Reflexology. no proven value

Epub: Miller et al. Evaluation of the effects of reflexology on quality of life and symptomatic relief in multiple sclerosis patients with moderate to severe disability; a pilot study. Clin Rehabil. 2013 Feb. Objective: To examine the feasibility of delivering reflexology to people moderately to severely affected by multiple sclerosis and to investigate the effect on a range of symptoms...

Combining glatiramer acetate with interferon-beta offers no merit

Epub: Lublin et al; for the CombiRx Investigators. Randomized study combining interferon & glatiramer acetate in multiple sclerosis. Ann Neurol. 2013 Feb 19. doi: 10.1002/ana.23863. OBJECTIVE: A double-blind, randomized, controlled study to determine if combined use of interferon beta-1a (IFN) 30ug IM weekly and glatiramer acetate (GA) 20mg daily is more efficacious than either agent...

Research Day Question Time: Question #6

The sixth Question of Question Time filmed for the MS Blog at the Research Day February 2013.  Question 6: “Is the use of a low fat diet,meditation and exercise important in improving the prognosis of MS? (Q Posted 4th Dec. 2012).” Panel: David BakerJeremy ChatawayRuth DobsonIla GangotraGavin GiovannoniGareth Pryce-ChairVasilis Vasilopoulos For introductions see beginning of...

CCSVI monthly update: February 2013

Epub: Imperiale et al. Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in multiple sclerosis: A sonographer-blinded case-control study. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2013. doi:pii: S0303-8467(13)00018-8. 10.1016/j.clineuro.2013.01.003. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the presence of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) and cerebral venous anomalies in a consecutive series of patients with multiple...

Losing the Debate on Social Media

This Post is a Repost of something that Prof G posted on 10th March 2012. We have had a lot more readers since then, so I thought it was of relevance in the context of the post above. “I (Prof G) lost a debate yesterday that I was very keen to win. It was at our UK MS Debating Society meeting; it was our 10th anniversary of holding this meeting so it would have been good to win.”...

Research Day Question Time-Question #5

The fifth Question of Question Time filmed for the MS Blog at the Research Day February 2013.  Question 5. Is a vitamin D deficit a cause or an effect of MS? (Q posted 4 December 2012).  Panel:  David BakerJeremy ChatawayRuth DobsonIla GangotraGavin GiovannoniGareth Pryce-ChairVasilis Vasilopoulos For Introductions see Beginning of Question 1 Question 4.Question 3.Question 2...

Research: Towards a Viral Trigger of MS

Horakova D et al. Environmental Factors Associated with Disease Progression after the First Demyelinating Event: Results from the Multi-Center SET Study.PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e53996. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0053996. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the associations of environmental MS risk factors with clinical and MRI measures of progression in high-risk clinically isolated syndromes (CIS) after the...

Research Day- Question Time Question #4

The forth Question of Question Time filmed for the MS Blog at the Research Day February 2013.  Question 4. When I was diagnosed 10 years ago, stem cells therapies were talked about as offering a potential cure for MS. The hype has died down and I don’t see much mention of repair in MS research. Is there much research looking at repair, not just to myelin, but to lost nerves? (Q posted...

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