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August 26, 2016

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August 26, 2016

Brain Inflammation Linked to Depression in Multiple Sclerosis

July 7, 2016 — Patients with multiple sclerosis have higher rates of depression than the general population, including people with other life-long disabling diseases. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis arise from an ... read more

Obesity Linked to Increased Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

June 28, 2016 — Individuals who are obese in early adulthood face a heightened risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to new ... read more

June 16, 2016 — Leaky blood vessels in the brain called cerebral microbleeds are associated with an increased risk of physical and cognitive disability in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new ... read more

In MS, Can Better Sleep Improve Cognition?

June 13, 2016 — People with multiple sclerosis often have trouble with memory, attention and mental processing. New research shows some of these issues could stem from sleep ... read more

PET Detects Neuroinflammation in Multiple Sclerosis

June 13, 2016 — The triggers of autoimmune inflammation in multiple sclerosis (MS) have eluded scientists for many years, but molecular imaging is bringing researchers closer to identifying them, while providing a ... read more

Nerve-Insulating Cells More Diverse Than Previously Thought

June 9, 2016 — Oligodendrocytes, a type of brain cell that plays a crucial role in diseases such as multiple sclerosis, are more diverse than have previously been thought, according to a new study. The findings ... read more

Heart Monitor Implant Could Save Lives in Patients With Serious Immune Disease

June 9, 2016 — Heart monitor implant could save lives in patients with serious immune ... read more

Connections Between Gut Microbiota and the Brain

May 29, 2016 — Intestinal bacteria that can boost bravery or trigger multiple sclerosis: An increasing body of research results confirms the importance of the “gut-brain axis” for neurology and indicates that ... read more

May 27, 2016 — A genetic variant in the 5q11 chromosome, which is associated with susceptibility to developing multiple sclerosis, greatly regulates a gene known as ANKRD55, researchers have discovered. Multiple ... read more

Fasting-Like Diet Reduces Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

May 26, 2016 — A mouse study, followed by a human study, indicates that the fasting-mimicking diet holds promise as a treatment for autoimmune diseases. A fasting-like diet switches on a process in which body kills ... read more

Holidays in the Sun Hold Key to Boosting Vitamin D, Study Finds

May 17, 2016 — Holidays abroad may hold the key to tackling Scotland's vitamin D deficiency, research suggests. Vitamin D is known to be associated with good bone health. It has also been linked to ... read more

Children With and Without Multiple Sclerosis Have Differences in Gut Bacteria

May 17, 2016 — In a recent study, children with multiple sclerosis had differences in the abundance of specific gut bacteria than children without the disease. Certain types of bacteria were either more or less ... read more

Drug Does Not Reduce Digital Ulcers in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis

May 10, 2016 — Investigators evaluated the efficacy of the drug macitentan in reducing the number of new digital ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis. Systemic sclerosis is a chronic multisystem autoimmune ... read more

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Increased Risk of ALS

May 9, 2016 — Survey data suggest reported cumulative pesticide exposure was associated with increased risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disease, say ... read more

Yoga, Aquatic Exercise Can Help Combat MS Symptoms

May 3, 2016 — Exercise can have a positive influence on certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis, say researchers. Patients who do yoga and aquatic exercise suffer less from fatigue, depression and paresthesia, as ... read more

Technique Measures 'Postural Sway' to Diagnose Neuromuscular Disorders

Apr. 26, 2016 — A new technique might be used to diagnose neuromuscular disorders such as multiple sclerosis or impairment from concussions by detecting and measuring subtle oscillations in a person's standing ... read more

Rituximab Is Superior to Fingolimod for Certain Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

Apr. 21, 2016 — A new study indicates that rituximab is more effective than fingolimod for preventing relapses in patients with highly active multiple sclerosis switching from treatment with natalizumab. The study ... read more

Identifying a Genetic Mutation Behind Sporadic Parkinson's Disease

Apr. 20, 2016 — Using a novel method, researchers have determined how mutations that are not located within genes are identified through genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and can contribute to sporadic ... read more

Apr. 19, 2016 — The flu and other viral infections have long been known to cause mood changes, beyond the more familiar symptoms of fever and sore throat. A study in mice now reveals how the antiviral immune ... read more

At-Home Cognitive Remediation May Help Cognitive Symptoms in Multiple Sclerosis

Apr. 16, 2016 — In a randomized controlled trial, people with MS who used a computer-based cognitive remediation training program at home for 12 weeks had significantly higher cognitive test scores than those who ... read more

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