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FDA Warns of Rare Stroke Risk With MS Drug

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new warning has been added to the multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) after rare reports of patients suffering strokes and tears in the lining of the arteries in the head and neck, the…

Low-Dose Aspirin May Help Fight MS, Mouse Study Hints

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Although the findings are so far only in mice, studies suggest that aspirin -- even the "low-dose" variety -- might help counter multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder…

Medical Marijuana Might Help MS Patients, But Uncertainty Remains

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medical products derived from marijuana might have a mild benefit in treating symptoms of multiple sclerosis, based on reports from patients. Drugs containing the major chemical compounds in cannabis…

For Many With MS, Well-Being Increases With Age

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Living with a potentially disabling condition like multiple sclerosis (MS) can be difficult, but new research suggests patients get better at dealing with it over time. "There's an aging paradox…

New Drug Could Help Kids With MS

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say the first drug for children with multiple sclerosis vastly outperformed another common MS medication in a new clinical trial. Fingolimod (Gilenya) reduced relapse rates by 82 percent…

Drug Slows Brain Shrinkage in Progressive MS

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A drug that has long been used in Japan for asthma may slow down brain shrinkage in people with progressive multiple sclerosis, a preliminary trial has found. The study, published Aug. 30 in the…

Doctors Discover New Type of Multiple Sclerosis

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new subtype of multiple sclerosis (MS) has been identified by researchers, and the discovery changes understanding of the disease. MS has long been considered a disease of the brain's white matter,…

Pain, Sleeplessness Often Precede MS: Study

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pain, sleep problems and mental health disorders are common in the five years before someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a new study reveals. Knowing about these symptoms could help doctors…

New MRI Test May Predict Severity of MS

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often live with uncertainty because it's hard to predict how quickly the disease will progress and how disabling it might become. But researchers hope a new…

Don't Wait to Take MS Drugs

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most multiple sclerosis patients shouldn't wait to start taking medication in the early stages of the disease, new guidelines say. "The treatment landscape for people with MS has changed dramatically…

Sunnier Days in Youth May Mean Less Odds of MS Later

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Living in sunnier climes when young might help shield you from multiple sclerosis decades later, new research suggests. The main factor may be the sun's ultraviolet B (UV-B) rays, which help the…

Eating Fish Might Guard Against MS

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who eat fish regularly seem to have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis, researchers report. How much fish makes a difference? In this study, people who ate fish at least once…