3 New Findings on Epilepsy
ADHD lowers the quality of life in adults with epilepsy; epilepsy is associated with social deprivation and increased risk of venous thromboembolism: details of these recent findings in this slide show.
MS and Natalizumab: 3 New Findings
Three brand new studies shed light on use of natalizumab in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
Acupuncture and MS: The Literature Is Lacking
Studies suggest that acupuncture can improve MS-related symptoms, but poor design makes it difficult to draw robust conclusions.
Age at Onset Predicts Disease Progression in MS
This, the least common MS disease course, carries the worst prognosis. Treatments are urgently needed to prevent or delay the rapid disease progression.
Childhood Obesity Increases the Risk of Multiple Sclerosis
Childhood obesity is another potentially modifiable factor to reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis.
Multiple Sclerosis Hospitalizations On the Decline
Hospitalization rates have declined dramatically in the MS population but remain higher than in the general population. That may be because of the availability of MS disease-modifying treatments.
Multiple Sclerosis Causes Excessive Deaths, Study Says
Information on causes of death for patients with MS is limited, but these researchers came up with some of the underlying causes.
Stay Alert to Sleep Problems in Multiple Sclerosis
A significant percentage of patients with MS in the sample screened positive for 1 or more sleep disorders. Most were undiagnosed.
Suicidal Ideation With Multiple Sclerosis: Predictors Are ID’d
This study identified that suicidal thoughts are common and several potentially modifiable factors may be useful for prevention.
Disability Harms Mental Health in Multiple Sclerosis
This study found a positive relationship between physical disability and anxiety and depression, pointing to a need for routine evaluation.
Does Vitamin D Influence Multiple Sclerosis Risk?
Vitamin D levels during pregnancy do not appear to influence MS risk to any substantial extent.
HIV Infection Linked With Lower Multiple Sclerosis Risk?
Given the data from Denmark, being infected with HIV does seem to be “protective” against MS development.
Does Testicular Hypofunction Lower Multiple Sclerosis Risk in Men?
Several lines of evidence indicate that gender affects the susceptibility and course of MS with a higher disease prevalence and overall better prognosis in women.
Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficency Not Cause of Multiple Sclerosis: Hypothesis Rest in Peace
A new study puts a final nail in the coffin for the hypothesis that chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency is neither specific or causative for multiple sclerosis.
Can Simvastatin Reduce Rate of Brain Atrophy-and Clinical Disability-in Secondary Progressive MS?
In this study, high-dose simvastatin reduced the annualized rate of whole-brain atrophy in secondary progressive MS.
MS and Cigarettes: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Disease Progression
For people with MS, smoking is associated with more severe disease and faster disability progression. Smoking cessation before or after disease onset is associated with slower progression of disability.
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