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More Black Americans Living with MS Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

Researchers find a higher prevalence of MS in Black Americans than previously thought and the neurological disorder appears to be more common in northern parts of the U.S.

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Stress Across the Life Span Could Worsen MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system and leaves patients suffering from a host of symptoms, and now new research finds life stressors can make those symptoms even worse.

Poverty, abuse and divorce in childhood and adulthood can significantly impact the level of disability someone with MS experiences, according to researchers from Michigan Me...

Scientists May Understand Link Between Common Virus & Multiple Sclerosis

It's been known for years that Epstein-Barr virus can trigger multiple sclerosis or drive progression of the degenerative disease, and Swedish researchers think they now understand why.

Some people have antibodies against the common Epstein-Barr virus that mistakenly attack a protein found in the brain and spinal cord, researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden say.


Used Early, Drug Might Delay MS Symptom Onset

Growing numbers of people have MRI brain scans to find out what's causing their headaches, see if they have a concussion or for another reason, when a doctor may spot the tell-tale lesions of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Called radiologically isolated syndrome, this occurs in people who have no MS symptoms but whose scans show abnormalities that are similar to those seen with MS. For doctors,...

Insomnia, Sleep Apnea Rise in Women With MS

While thinking declines can be a common symptom of multiple sclerosis in women, new research suggests sleep, or lack of it, could be making matters worse.

"Sleep disorders have gained substantial recognition for their role in cognitive [thinking] decline, which affects up to 70% of people with multiple sclerosis,” explained study author

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  • March 27, 2023
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  • Similar Processes Could Link MS With Heart Disease

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) and atherosclerosis both involve an abnormal hardening of body tissue, and recent research suggests they may be linked.

    MS is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Atherosclerosis is hardening of the arteries.

    Studies show connections between the two, according to Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. In 2018, a team of Romanian ...

    Fertility Treatments Pose No Danger to People With MS

    Women with multiple sclerosis who want to undergo fertility treatment can do so without worry, according to a new study.

    Participants who had MS were no more likely to have a flare-up of the disease after receiving fertility treatments than they were before their treatments, researchers found.

    The study also found a link between MS medication and lack of an increase in relapses d...

    Could the Mediterranean Diet Help People With MS?

    A Mediterranean diet may help multiple sclerosis (MS) patients ward off damage to their thinking skills.

    New research finds that a diet rich in veggies, fruit, fish and healthy fat reduced their risk of developing memory loss as well as losing the ability to concentrate, learn new things or make decisions.

    A loss of such key mental skills, or “cognitive impairment,” is a common ...

    Could Bad Sleep in Teen Years Raise Risks for MS?

    Teens who regularly fail to get a good night's sleep may face a higher risk for developing multiple sclerosis (MS) as adults, new research suggests.

    “We found that sleeping too little or experiencing poor sleep quality [as a teen] increased the risk of later developing MS by up to 50%,” said study author

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  • January 25, 2023
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  • Stem Cell Therapy May Slow MS Better Than Meds: Study

    A new study is adding to evidence that people with multiple sclerosis can benefit from a type of stem cell transplant -- including some patients who are in a more advanced phase of the disease.

    The research is the latest look at a potential alternative treatment for some patients with MS -- using their own blood stem cells to try to reboot their faulty immune systems.

    Studies have f...

    Light Therapy Might Ease MS-Related Fatigue

    Extreme fatigue often tops the list of the most distressing symptoms for millions of people who live with multiple sclerosis (MS).

    And now, a new study suggests that light therapy may help these folks get their lives back.

    MS is an autoimmune disease that occurs when th...

    Obesity Could Speed Disability When MS Strikes

    Obesity is never healthy, and that may be especially true for people who also develop multiple sclerosis.

    Obese people with MS are likely to see the disability linked to the disease rapidly worsen, said German researchers who followed more than 1,000 patients in a new study.

    Weight loss, they suggested, might help slow the progression of the disease.

    "The findings from this s...

    Selma Blair Exits 'Dancing With the Stars,' Citing MS Health Concerns

    Actress Selma Blair made one last waltz through the “Dancing with the Stars" ballroom on Monday night.

    The actress, who has multiple sclerosis, announced during the show that it would be her

    Gut Microbiome Could Play Role in MS

    Scientists have been looking to the microbiome, and its numerous gut bacteria, as an area of research with plenty of potential for finding connections to various diseases.

    Now, scientists have found evidence of significant differences between the gut bacteria of individuals who have

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  • September 26, 2022
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  • Lupus, MS and Other Autoimmune Disorders Raise Heart Risks

    Research has linked heart disease to specific autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Now, a huge study shows that autoimmune diseases as a group increase your chances of developing heart ills.

    Autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, lupus erythematosus and type 1 diabetes occur when the body engages in friendly fire against its own organs, tissues, ...

    New MS Treatment Shows Promise in Trial

    An experimental antibody therapy for multiple sclerosis can cut symptom flare-ups by half, versus a standard treatment, a new clinical trial has found.

    The drug, called ublituximab, beat a standard oral medication for

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  • August 25, 2022
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  • There's More MS in Northern Countries. Now, Researchers Find New Reason Why

    Vitamin D exposure, or lack of it, has long been thought to influence the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) because the disease is diagnosed more often in people in northern countries.

    However, new research suggests there might be an additional reas...

    Who Fares Worse After Multiple Sclerosis Strikes?

    For people with multiple sclerosis, certain factors early in their disease may determine their quality of life in the years to come, a new study suggests.

    In medicine, there are ways to objectively measure a disease's course, such as whether a medication is keeping it under control. And then there's health-related

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  • August 11, 2022
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  • Cancer Med Might Be Powerful Treatment for MS

    A drug used "off-label" for multiple sclerosis (MS) is more effective than a standard medication at preventing symptom flare-ups, a new clinical trial has found.

    The drug, called rit...

    Hope for 1st Vaccine Against Virus Driving 'Mono,' Cancers and Maybe MS

    Two experimental vaccines show promise in protecting against infection with the "mono" virus, which also causes cancer and has been implicated as a potential trigger of multiple sclerosis, a new paper reports.

    Tested only in animals so far, the vaccines block two pathways by which the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) ta...

    Does Race Affect the Odds of Developing MS?

    Black Americans are as likely to get multiple sclerosis (MS) as their white counterparts, but rates are much lower among Hispanic and Asian Americans, new research shows.

    The findings refute the long-held belief that MS is rare in Black people, according to the study authors. The findings were published online April 27 in the journal

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  • May 2, 2022
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  • In U.S., Price Tag for MS Care Tops $85 Billion

    In 2019 alone, multiple sclerosis (MS) cost Americans an estimated $85.4 billion, a new study finds.

    That amount included over $63 billion in direct medical costs and $22 billion in indirect non-medical costs.

    "The findings of this study help underscore the burden of MS in the U.S. and our hope is our results will inform decision-making regarding MS-related health resources," said s...

    Telemedicine Helped Many MS Patients During Pandemic

    Telemedicine was widely used by Americans with multiple sclerosis (MS) during the pandemic, and many were happy with the results, a new study finds.

    "The findings suggest that telehealth services were well liked during the pandemic. Because many individuals with MS have physical disability that may make travel more difficult, tempo...

    Could the Keto Diet Help People With MS?

    The Keto diet is a low-carb lover's dream, but a new study suggests the popular eating plan may also improve some symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS).

    MS is an autoimmune disease ...

    Epstein-Barr Virus: It Causes Mono and Maybe MS. Is a Vaccine Near?

    The mononucleosis virus, Epstein-Barr, has become a major suspect in the search for what causes multiple sclerosis.

    Now researchers are raising the next logical question -- can we stop both MS and mononucleosis by preventing Epstein-Barr infections, which occur in 95% of adults?

    Epstein-Barr vaccines currently under development by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH...

    Meat-Heavy Diets Might Have Link to MS

    If you eat a lot of meat, you may be at increased risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study suggests.

    MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the insulation around nerves. It's not clear what triggers the attack, but mounting evidence suggests bact...

    Scientists Discover How the 'Mono' Virus Might Trigger MS

    A one-two punch from science has clearly tagged the mononucleosis virus, Epstein-Barr, as a major cause of multiple sclerosis.

    The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) appears to trigger multiple sclerosis (MS) by tricking the immune systems of some into attacking their body's own nerve cells, a new study indicates.


    Could the 'Mono' Virus Help Trigger Multiple Sclerosis?

    For years, researchers have suspected that the Epstein-Barr virus, best known for causing mononucleois, might also play a role in triggering multiple sclerosis. Now a new study strengthens the case.

    The study, of more than 10 million U.S. military personnel, found the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) shot...

    New MRI Technique Might Help Spot MS Sooner

    Researchers in Austria say a new MRI technique may lead to faster diagnosis and treatment for people with multiple sclerosis.

    The technique can detect biochemical changes in the brains of people with MS early in their disease, according to findings published Jan. 4 in the journal Radiology.

    "MRI o...

    More Time Outdoors May Lower Risk of MS in Youth

    Children at risk for multiple sclerosis (MS) might find some protection from the disease by spending more time in the sun, a small study suggests.

    Although MS is rare in children and young adults, those with relatives who have the condition have increased odds of developing the disease early. Exposure to sunlight may cut their risk in half, researchers say.

    "In families where there'...

    Vibration Therapy May Help Body, Mind in People With MS

    Multiple sclerosis patients might be able to think more clearly and move more easily if they regularly undergo whole-body vibration training, a new pilot study reports.

    A small group of MS patients who experienced vibration training showed improvements in decision making, information processing, attention and memory, according to find...

    Even When Undergoing Treatment, People With MS Gain From COVID Vaccines

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients undergoing a treatment that depletes a type of immune cell that fuels MS attacks still have a strong response to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, a new study finds.

    "The message from this study is clear -- it is worthwhile for patients with MS receiving [anti-CD20] treatment to get a COVID-19 vaccine, which will prevent severe illness," said researcher E. John Wher...

    People With MS Have Worse Survival If Colon Cancer Strikes

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients diagnosed with colon cancer may have a greater risk of dying from cancer or other causes in the next six months to year than colon cancer patients without MS, a Canadian study finds.

    "These results warrant further investigation to determine what factors may lead to shorter survival times," said study author Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie, a professor of neurology at ...

    Depression Can Be a Killer for People With MS

    Depression and multiple sclerosis (MS) tend to travel together, new research finds, and when they do the chances of dying during the next decade can be up to five times greater than it is for those with neither condition.

    Exactly why the combination is so lethal is not fully understood, but several factors may be at play, explained study author Dr. Raffaele Palladino, a research associate...

    COVID-19 Vaccines Boost Antibodies, Even in People With Weak Immune Systems

    COVID-19 vaccines trigger antibody production in most people who have weakened immune systems, but a new study reveals that their responses are weaker than in healthy people.

    "Some of our patients have been hesitant about getting vaccinated, which is unfortunate because they are at increased risk of having more severe cases of COVID-19 if they happen to get infected, compared to those not...

    Cluster of Symptoms Common in People First Diagnosed With MS

    A number of symptoms are common among people who are newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a patient survey shows.

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an incurable disease in which the nerves' protective layers are damaged, resulting in progressive disability.

    New Clues to Why Disability Strikes People With MS

    A new study may help explain why people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience worsening disability while those with two related diseases do not.

    MS causes permanent brain and spinal cord scarring, and researchers investigated whether the same damage accompanies two rarer, similar diseases in which the immune system also attacks the central nervous system.

    The diseases are known a...

    Christina Applegate Announces She Has Multiple Sclerosis

    Emmy award-winning actress Christina Applegate revealed Monday night that she is battling multiple sclerosis.

    She is perhaps best known for her starring roles in "Married With Children," "Dead to Me" and "Samantha Who?"

    "A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS," Applegate

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  • Why Do Black Patients Fare Worse When MS Strikes?

    While multiple sclerosis can cause a wide swath of symptoms and challenges for anyone diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, a new study finds that race may play a role in disease severity.

    Researchers discovered that Black individuals with MS may be more severely affected by the disease, but also that this added impact persisted even when differences in income were considered. The same w...

    First Signs of MS May Often Go Undiagnosed

    Early symptoms of multiple sclerosis may commonly be missed for years before the right diagnosis is made, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that patients with MS had a higher-than-average number of medical appointments, with doctors of various specialties, for up to five years before their diagnosis.

    And for the most part, those visits were for neurological symptoms consistent...

    'MIND' Diet Can Help Preserve Brain in People With MS

    A diet designed to boost brain health appears to benefit people with multiple sclerosis (MS), new research suggests.

    For the study, a team from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City examined 185 people diagnosed with MS within the past five years. Each had MRI brain scans and responded to detailed questionnaires.

    The upshot: Those who ate more of the "good" foods ...

    MS May Not Affect Breast Cancer Prognosis

    There's some reassuring news for women with multiple sclerosis (MS): Having the neurological disease won't affect health outcomes if breast cancer strikes.

    "Although multiple sclerosis and its complications remain the most common cause of death in people with MS, cancer is the second or third most common cause of death," noted study lead author Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie, of the University of M...

    Common MS Meds Might Be Less Effective in Black Patients

    Black people experience more severe courses of multiple sclerosis (MS), and now new research suggests that drugs commonly used to treat this disease may not work as well or for as long in these folks.

    "I was amazed," said study researcher Dr. Gregg Silverman, a professor of medicine at NYU Langone Health in New York City. In a study of two drugs, "there was a dramatic and significant diff...

    People With MS Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine: Expert

    People with multiple sclerosis (MS) may be wondering if they should get a COVID-19 shot, and the answer is definitely yes, an expert says.

    "The big takeaway message is the COVID-19 vaccine is strongly recommended for patients with multiple sclerosis," said Dr. Nancy Sicotte, director of the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Program at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

    "If you have a...

    How Climate Change Could Put More MS Patients in Danger

    When temperatures rise, people with multiple sclerosis need to keep cool. Heat sensitivity is a hallmark of the central nervous system disorder.

    So, what happens when warm weather spikes become more frequent because of climate change?

    More MS patients end up in the emergency room. A new study found that during periods of unusually warm weather, they were more likely to visit the eme...

    MS Doesn't Put Women at Higher Risk During Pregnancy

    In a finding that should reassure women with multiple sclerosis (MS) who want to have a baby, new research suggests the disease doesn't raise the risk of pregnancy complications.

    "Women with multiple sclerosis may be understandably concerned about the risks of pregnancy," said study author Dr. Melinda Magyari, from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

    "While previous research h...

    Could Stem Cell Therapy Be a Breakthrough Against MS?

    Stem cell transplants may have long-lasting benefits for some people with aggressive cases of multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests.

    Italian researchers found that among 210 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who received a stem cell transplant -- with cells from their own blood -- two-thirds saw no worsening in their disability 10 years out.

    That included 71% of patients with rela...

    Drug May Boost Thinking Skills in People With Advanced MS

    Researchers say a multiple sclerosis drug meant to slow physical disability also shows promise in improving mental acuity in people who are living with secondary progressive MS, an advanced form of the disease.

    The new study found that people taking the drug, called siponimod, for one to two years showed improvements in "cognitive processing speed" compared to those who took a placebo.

    MS Has Mixed Impact on Patients' Cancer Risk: Study

    How does having multiple sclerosis (MS) affect a person's odds for cancer? The answer may depend on the type of cancer, new research shows.

    The study found that MS patients do have much greater odds of developing bladder cancer compared to people without the illness. But there was good news, too: Their risk of breast and colon cancer is no higher than for people who don't have MS, accordi...

    New Drug Offers Hope Against MS

    A new immunotherapy that has shown success against multiple sclerosis in animals could be promising for humans, a new study suggests.

    Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia are studying a drug that would prevent immune system cells from attacking the myelin sheath, a protective layer that surrounds nerve cells. With MS, the body's immune system attacks the central nerv...

    Pregnancy May Delay MS

    Pregnancy can delay the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) by more than three years, researchers report.

    The international study found those who'd been pregnant had their first MS symptoms an average of 3.3 years later than those who'd never been pregnant. Having carried a baby to term delayed MS onset by an average of 3.4 years, the researchers determined.

    More than 2.5 milli...

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