Put Down the Salt Shaker!

Multiple sclerosis is a complex autoimmune disease of the central nervous system which develops when the protective myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells is attacked by the body’s own immune system. These nerve cells, when stripped of myelin, no longer function properly and symptoms such as numbness, difficulty walking, slurred speech, and vision loss develop. New…

Trick or Treat Guide to MS

Halloween is just around the corner and sugary treats are everywhere. When it comes to multiple sclerosis, though, sugar can be a tricky subject. Overall, sticking with a healthy diet can pay off health-wise for those with multiple sclerosis. Poor food choices can contribute to excess inflammation in the body, which worsens MS progression, as…

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…

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…

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…

Become a Fish Fan

Earlier this year I wrote a blog about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet – a big component of this being regular consumption of fish – for those with rheumatoid arthritis. Anyone concerned about their risk of multiple sclerosis will also be interested to hear about how a Mediterranean diet brings benefits. Including fish in…

Energy Drink Ingredient’s Surprising Role in Multiple Sclerosis

The amino acid taurine has caught the attention of multiple sclerosis researchers. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Taurine can be found in many places throughout the body, such as the cardiovascular system where it plays an essential role in heart function, but it also shows up in the central nervous system. Taurine…

A Dangerous Bump

The autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis (MS) creates muscle control, vision, balance, and sensation problems for those who develop this disease. MS develops as the consequence of inflammation (called plaques) in various areas of the central nervous system, after which the protective coating of nerves, called the myelin sheath, is destroyed. Approximately 350,000 people in the…

Is It Multiple Sclerosis?

Diagnosing multiple sclerosis (MS) can be trickier than one would think. There is not a single test that can be used by itself to rule in or rule out an MS diagnosis. Rather, an entire profile is developed based on medical history, a neurologic exam, and lab tests (including an MRI, evoked potentials, and spinal…

A Hidden Disability

Cognitive changes are a common and disheartening experience for those with multiple sclerosis (MS). Approximately half of MS sufferers report difficulty learning and remembering information, problem solving, focusing, and other high-level cognitive functions. These problems develop because the loss of myelin around nerve fibers interferes with the conveyance of memories to and from storage areas….

Diving Deeper with Oral MS Medications

Over the past few years, new oral medications for multiple sclerosis have gained Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, giving patients treatment options beyond injectable forms of medication. With multiple sclerosis (MS) medications, one of the primary goals is to extend the time between relapses, which is why these medications are known as disease-modifying therapies….

The MS Game Changer

A new medication for multiple sclerosis made waves when research about its effectiveness debuted at the Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) back in October 2015. Now experts are calling this medication one of the greatest developments of the past year for the multiple sclerosis (MS) field. Is…

MS Changes With the Seasons

Multiple sclerosis (MS), for most people, has an unpredictable way it changes over time. While MS is generally progressive, meaning it gets worse with time, there are periods of remission and periods of relapse. Naturally, things that make a relapse more likely are worth avoiding and anything that keeps disease progression at bay is worth…

Quitters Win

Smoking harms health in general, but for those with multiple sclerosis (MS), the stakes are now known to be even higher. It turns out that when smokers are diagnosed with MS and they continue to smoke, the disease progresses much more quickly, according to new research published in JAMA Neurology. Conversely, smokers who quit as…

Have MS? Get Moving!

With multiple sclerosis (MS), it’s not uncommon to feel so drained that exercise is the absolute last thing one would want to do. But there’s solid research revealing that a consistent exercise program can keep people with MS functional and healthier in the long term. The unpredictable nature of MS makes it hard to know…

What If A Pill Doesn’t Make It Easier?

At first glance, it would seem like a slam-dunk idea: improve patient medication adherence by switching from an injectable medication to an oral one. An easy-to-swallow pill must be better than an uncomfortable needle stick, one would assume. Yet this is not necessarily the case. For example, with multiple sclerosis, many patients actually stick to…

Multiple Sclerosis: Multiple Nutrients Eyed

Multiple sclerosis is a disease involving chronic inflammation. Could it be that anti-inflammatory nutrients – or a lack thereof – play a role in who develops this disease? Surely, the cure to this disease is not as simplistic as consuming abundant amounts of certain vitamins and minerals, but there are interesting developments in some small…

Stick With It

A cure for multiple sclerosis (MS) remains elusive, although there are numerous disease modifying treatments available which aim to calm inflammation and lengthen the time between relapses. Not surprisingly, patients with the most faithful use of their prescriptions have the fewest relapses, says a new study of MS adherence published in the journal Multiple Sclerosis…