Meet the Newest MS

Researchers recently identified a new sub-type of multiple sclerosis: myelocortical MS. This additional sub-type of multiple sclerosis adds clarity to the growing understanding of MS. It was nearly 20 years ago that an international gathering of multiple sclerosis experts established the then-current classifications of MS. At that time, MS classifications included four types: Relapsing-remitting MS…

Eat to Calm Psoriasis

Most people with psoriasis will have some degree of symptoms for life. But this doesn’t mean that improvement can’t happen. Medications help keep this skin disease under control and combining medication with certain dietary choices can also have a positive effect on both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (which is a joint condition related to the…

Rheumatoid Arthritis Vs. The Scale

Carrying around extra pounds can increase the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis – but the relationship between weight and this autoimmune disease actually isn’t as cut and dried as it first appears. First, it should be acknowledged that as body fat and waist circumference goes up, so does the chance of rheumatoid arthritis. Upwards of…

The Latest Word in HCV Treatment

New guidelines for treating hepatitis C infections came out from the World Health Organization. These replace and update WHO’s 2016 recommendations. Certainly a lot has changed in just the past three years – all of it comes as great news for anyone carrying the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The key take-away from these comprehensive new…

When Costs Create a Barrier

Cancer treatment options continue to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients across the board, which is excellent news! However, the costs of treatment can sometimes keep treatment out of reach for patients; it’s a heartbreaking situation when finances interfere with treatment access. Just how often do financial barriers actually get in the way…

Multiple Sclerosis Warning Signs

Multiple sclerosis doesn’t appear out of nowhere. In the few years prior to a diagnosis, people tend to have a handful of symptoms that may serve as a warning sign of trouble ahead. Here’s what happened: a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia set up the largest study of its kind, examining…

Find the Missing Millions

July 28th of every year is World Hepatitis Day; this year the theme is “Find the Missing Millions.” This year’s focus is on the 300 million people living with viral hepatitis worldwide who simply don’t know that they have one of these diseases. This is why the July 28, 2018 campaign aims to raise awareness…

Psoriasis: Can Sleep Troubles be a Red Flag?

The calling card of psoriasis is uncomfortable skin symptoms, such as red patches of dry, cracked skin. However, the more researchers look into this disease, the more they discover that psoriasis affects many different areas of the body, beyond the skin. Conversely, health conditions affecting non-skin parts of the body may also affect the risk…

Pregnancy and Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C and pregnancy have a complicated relationship. Pregnancy itself does not appear to worsen the course of hepatitis C infection and a woman should wait to be treated for the infection until after pregnancy. Of course, there is understandable concern of how a hepatitis C infection in a woman can affect her unborn child….

Psoriatic Arthritis: Current Understandings

Doctors, as far back as the mid-19th century, noticed the connections between psoriasis and arthritis that occurred in some of their patients. However, this condition of “psoriatic arthritis” did not receive a clinical definition until the 1960s, when it was distinguished from rheumatoid arthritis. Part of the difficulty with understanding psoriatic arthritis relates to a…

Get Moving! (Yes, Even if You Have Cancer)

Exercise does a body good. In terms of cancer, there is already a substantial amount of evidence that staying active reduces the risk of developing cancer, including colon, breast, and endometrial cancers. Now, experts are excited about the connection between exercise and better outcomes for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. For the first…

Latest Guidelines for MS Treatment

Evidence-based medicine calls for ongoing research and refinement of best practices for treating various diseases. In this spirit, a multi-disciplinary panel recently convened to develop recommendations for disease-modifying therapy for those with multiple sclerosis. This panel certainly was busy, in all they developed 30 recommendations; 17 of which related to when/how to start on disease-modifying…

Skip the Chemo?

Breast cancer treatments have made impressive strides in terms of increasing survival rates for patients; however, a huge new study reveals that chemotherapy may not be as important of a factor for some women with breast cancer as previously thought. In fact, in some categories of breast cancer, most patients who received chemotherapy may not…

New Hope in Ulcerative Colitis

Xeljanz (tofacitinib) garnered a lot of interest back in 2012 when it was developed and approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Then, in 2017, studies found that this oral medication also treated psoriatic arthritis and FDA approval was added for that indication. Last week, yet another FDA approval for Xeljanz came: this medication now…

Autoimmune Diseases: Facing More Than One

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease. The family of autoimmune diseases include such diseases as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes, and ulcerative colitis. Unfortunately, someone with one autoimmune disease has an increased risk of also developing a second disease in this category. For example, there is a trend for someone with multiple…

HCV Testing and Treatment: The Time is Now

There are nearly 4 million Americans with chronic hepatitis C infections, yet only 9% of them have been successfully treated, according to some estimates. The gap between these numbers becomes more shocking when paired with the fact that current hepatitis C treatments have been shown to cure 94-98% of all hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes….

How Sweet It’s Not: Crohn’s and Splenda

More than 1.5 million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases, which include both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Each year, another 70,000 individuals hear this diagnosis. With Crohn’s disease, the key troubling symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, and fatigue. The disease is thought to develop when the immune system mistakenly attacks the digestive…

Patient Access = Patient Treatment

When medications exceed the financial resources of a patient, it can create a seemingly insurmountable barrier to accessing important treatment. It’s pretty hard to get better if you can’t fill (or refill) your prescribed medications. Here at BioPlus we spend a lot of time thinking about patient access to treatment, which is why we’ve long…