ArchiveMay 2015

So the Blog is a Blockbuster Drug

Rieckmann et al. Achieving patient engagement in multiple sclerosis: A perspective from the multiple sclerosis in the 21st Century Steering Group. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2015; 4:202-218. While advances in medicine, technology and healthcare services offer promises of longevity and improved quality of life (QoL), there is also increasing reliance on a patient׳s skills and motivation to...

Prognosis after clinically isolated syndrome

Jokubaitis VG, Spelman T, Kalincik T, Izquierdo G, Grand’Maison F, Duquette P, Girard M, Lugaresi A, Grammond P, Hupperts R, Cabrera-Gomez J, Oreja-Guevara C, Boz C, Giuliani G, Fernández-Bolaños R, Iuliano G, Lechner-Scott J, Verheul F, van Pesch V, Petkovska-Boskova T, Fiol M, Moore F, Cristiano E, Alroughani R, Bergamaschi R, Barnett M, Slee M, Vella N, Herbert J, Shaw C, Saladino ML...

Headache, hmm?

Neurol Sci. 2015 May;36(Supplement 1):75-78. Headache in multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disorders. La Mantia L, Prone V. The headache may be considered among the neuropathic pain syndromes of multiple sclerosis (MS). Several studies have showed that it is more frequent in MS patients than in controls or general population. Headache may occur at the pre-symptomatic phase, at clinical onset and...

Dr Giles does Diagnosis

MS Society Press Release: World MS Day – Diagnosis Story Survey reveals many people are misdiagnosed and live in uncertainty for years before MS diagnosis ·        1 in 4 people with MS misdiagnosed with having a trapped nerve ·        1 in 10 people with MS told they’d had a stroke...

Asthma and MS…Little effect on the disease course

Manouchehrinia A, Edwards LJ, Roshanisefat H, Tench CR, Constantinescu CS.Multiple sclerosis course and clinical outcomes in patients with comorbid asthma: a survey study.BMJ Open. 2015 May 20;5(5):e007806. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-007806. OBJECTIVE:To determine if comorbid asthma is associated with accumulation of multiple sclerosis (MS)-related impairment and disability.METHOD:We sent a...

Anyone got a home for a few million mice?

Recently we sent you to an anti-vivisection website campaigning against animal experiments in Europe. So in the spirit of balance there are sites that support animals research such as Speaking for Research..  There is a debate on the use of animals in research A transcript and summary of the key points made by the European Animal Research Association and put together the key points that were...

Effect of DMT in Portugal

Sá MJ, de Sá J, Sousa L.Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: patterns of response to disease-modifying therapies and associated factors: a national survey. Neurol Ther. 2014;3(2):89-99. doi: 10.1007/s40120-014-0019-4. eCollection 2014 INTRODUCTION:Current treatments for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) are only partially effective. The objective of this study was to...

Will European Democracy get rid of Animal Research?

Having Democracy allows citizens to protest and within the European Union there are methods to have a debate heard. In the UK a 100,000 signatures in a population of 60 million triggers parliament to discuss the issue. In the European Union you need 1,000,000 signatures out of a population of 500,000,000 to trigger the debate.  STOP VIVISECTION is a European Citizens’ Initiative...

Blood cells as a maker of inflammation

Demirci S, Demirci S, Kutluhan S, Koyuncuoglu HR, Yürekli VA. The Clinical Significance of the Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio in Multiple Sclerosis. Int J Neurosci. 2015 May 22:1-24. [Epub ahead of print] Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the main chronic inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system that causes functional disability in young people. The aim of this study was to investigate...

What do USA and Gabon have in Common?

Apparently, it is that they research on Great Apes In light of ProfGs comments (below), some may wonder where Gabon is for those who don’t know where the USA is There are no groups in the UK, who use non-human primates for MS research. A couple of days ago someone asked in the comments about the fate of Tab008, this is also known as TGN1412 and was a disaster.  Although, it...

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