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By On February 28th, 2014

Are Obesity and Birth Control Pills Causing Multiple Sclerosis?

According to two new studies released this week, obesity and birth control pills may play a part in the development of multiple sclerosis. The first study found that those who were obese at the age of 20 were at twice the risk of developing MS in their lifetime. The study suggests a hormone called leptin,…

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By On December 11th, 2013

Vitamin D May Prove Vital In Suppressing Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Low vitamin D levels have been associated with numerous health risks including risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma, and cancer, as well as diabetes, hypertension, and glucose intolerance. But, it turns out vitamin D may also play a role in fighting multiple sclerosis (MS) by blocking the migration…

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By On September 25th, 2013

Breakthrough Could Mean Faster Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

A new discovery published yesterday in Annals of Neurology by scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine may allow for drastically faster diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). The team developed a brand new imaging tool to examine myelin damage in MS, offering the first non-invasive visualization of myelin integrity of the entire spinal…

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By On April 9th, 2013

ALS And MS May Be Closely Linked

Discoveries stemming from a study of mice found that ALS and multiple sclerosis may have more in common than ever thought before because both could involve the myelin insulation that protects nerve cells. The new discoveries still need to be confirmed but scientists believe these findings could yield new drug targets to slow or even…

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By On February 5th, 2013

Childhood Obesity Linked To MS

Childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years and new research suggests that those affected are at an elevated risk of developing multiple sclerosis. This means that the number of MS cases is likely to grow significantly as childhood obesity continues to plague the U.S. You can read about the specifics of the study…

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By On December 17th, 2012

Elevated Rates of MS In Certain Areas

Instances of multiple sclerosis in Scotland’s Orkney Islands have been found to occur at the highest rate in the world, but so far experts are baffled as to why that is the case. More than 400 citizens out of 100-thousand are said to have MS. Compare that to nearby regions of Aberdeen, 229 out of…

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By On December 5th, 2012

New Study Could Lead To Cure For MS-Related Nerve Damage

A groundbreaking study has not only uncovered the so-called “trigger” for nerve damage in multiple sclerosis patients, but has also possibly unveiled a new way to treat the disease. MS causes cells that usually protect against infections to attack nerve cells in the brain and spine. Researchers have found that before any signs of nerve…

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By On November 21st, 2012

Vitamin D Could Lower MS Risk

Recent findings suggest that a lack of ultraviolet light, and thus a lack of vitamin D in pregnant women, can lead to an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) in newborns. Because of this, the risk for MS is highest in April and lowest in October. In fact, those born in April have up to a…

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By On November 7th, 2012

New Discovery Could Repair Nerve Damage From MS

Researchers have discovered a new way to treat multiple sclerosis patients that could actually repair the damage done to their spinal cord and brain. Blocking an enzyme that prevents the regeneration of the fatty tissue, called myelin, that protects nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain could lead to improved treatments, not only for…

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