The four basic disease courses of MS
MS typically follows four basic disease courses, which are also known as types or phenotypes. These are:
🧠Clinically isolated syndrome 🧠Relapsing remitting 🧠Secondary progressive 🧠Primary progressive
A helpful resource from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society explains the four types and more.
'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling gives $18.8 million gift for MS research
Author J.K. Rowling has made a substantial donation (15.3 million pounds, or about $18.8 million) for new facilities at a multiple sclerosis research center at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Rowling made another donation in 2010, starting the Anne Rowling clinic at the university, named after her mother who passed due to MS at 45.
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling made an $18.8 million donation for research into multiple sclerosis treatment at a center named for her mother.
Rejuvenating brain stem cells may hold key to future MS treatments
Researchers are studying ways to make older brain stem cells more youthful.
Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom studied oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs), a type of stem cell. OPCs are important in the healthy functioning of the brain and the rest of the central nervous system. OPCs mature into oligodendrocytes, which produce the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve fibers and preserves the electrical signals that they carry. Destruction of myelin is a hallmark of multiple sclerosis, and changes related to aging OPCs contribute to the process.
Using a mouse model, scientists transplanted OPCs from older rats into the brains of younger rats, and the aged OPCs began to function like youthful OPCs.
More research is needed to understand this phenomenon, and its potential uses in those who have conditions such as MS. The study has been published in Nature.
Scientists have found a way to rejuvenate brain stem cells in rats. The finding offers clues on how to restore lost brain function in diseases such as MS.
Selma Blair tries breakthrough stem cell treatment for MS
We received several questions regarding our last post, which discussed the Selma Blair’s MS treatment.
A recent article from Good Morning America gives further information. She is undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Doctors are attempting to “reboot the immune system” of MS patients. The hope is that it will stop the attack on the brain and spinal cord.
The actress is giving her fans an up close view of her life with MS.
Selma Blair Celebrates Shaved Head in Emotional Post After Latest Round of MS Treatment
A recent article from People features Selma Blair celebrating finishing an intense round of treatment for her MS, and reflecting on her journey thus far.
Selma Blair is showing off her shaved head after completing a new round of treatment for her MS
Need to Know: Managing Stress When You Have MS
A recent article from MS News Today discusses the importance of managing stress, and the effects that stress can have on multiple sclerosis.
Columnist Tamara Sellman writes about the importance of managing further attacks on an already compromised immune system.
"I Have Multiple Sclerosis — And I Won't Let it Stop Me From Crushing a 160-Mile Ride"
Reese Garcia was diagnosed with MS after graduating college in January 2015. After being told she would have to give up her active lifestyle, Reese become even more driven to find a way to maintain it. This year she’s hoping to bike 160 miles for the National MS Society.
A recent article from BICYCLING magazine shares her inspirational journey.
Reese Garcia was first told she couldn’t exercise anymore. She proved them wrong.
How does MS affect vision? Eye symptoms and treatment
A recent article from Medical News Today discusses eye and vision problems that can occur for individuals who have MS. Explanations, causes, symptoms, possible treatments and more are featured.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) can affect a person’s vision due to its effects on the nerve cells. In this article, we look at why MS affects the eyes and discuss eye-related symptoms and treatment options.
Today is World MS Day — raising awareness of multiple sclerosis.
Today is World MS Day. This day is for raising awareness of multiple sclerosis, as well as creating global solidarity and raising hope for the future. According to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation:
💊 A direct cause of MS is not currently known. 💊 MS can affect people of any age, any gender, and any ethnic background. 💊 Scientists are investigating a variety of possible factors that can cause MS, from immunologic reactions to viral agents, environmental exposures, genetics, and more.
Share to spread awareness of this incredibly important day! 🧡
Being open about my multiple sclerosis helps me be a better advocate
A recent article from Science features one woman’s journey with MS, and how choosing to be open about her condition has helped her become an advocate.
Being public about her diagnosis and prioritizing her health are important elements in this scientist’s efforts to advocate for members of marginalized groups
MS: High-strength MRI may predict disease progression
Researchers are studying the use of a powerful MRI for those with MS. In a recent study, researchers were evaluating a link between the volume of cortical lesions and neurological disability.
New research suggests that a powerful MRI scanner may help predict the progression of multiple sclerosis by analyzing cortical lesions on the brain.
Chronically Ill, Very Healthy | Pat Caslin | TEDxDunLaoghaire
In an interesting presentation, multiple sclerosis patient Pat Caslin shares his journey with MS, and what this condition has taught him.
Eleven years ago, Pat was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting progressive multiple sclerosis. After losing his ability to walk he had to make some major adjus…
The FDA approved Siponimod for the treatment of relapsing forms of MS
The FDA recently approved the use of Siponimod for the treatment of relapsing forms of MS, including clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease (SPMS).
What is multiple sclerosis?
Many people have heard of multiple sclerosis, but aren’t sure what it is.
A recent article from CNN discusses MS, what it is, how it is diagnosed, treatments, and more.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system and is considered an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system attacks its own healthy cells. It affects quality of life and can be disabling.
March is National MS Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness of multiple...
March is National MS Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness of multiple sclerosis and what it is like to live with this condition.
Recent research from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society shows that nearly one million Americans are living with this condition, and according to the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, over 2.3 million people globally have multiple sclerosis.
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Selma Blair explains how she felt before MS diagnosis, reveals celebrity pals who supported her
Actress Selma Blair received her MS diagnosis back in August. She has recently been opening up regarding her journey with MS.
A recent article from U.S. News and World Report gives some insight into Selma’s diagnosis, her prognosis, and more.
Selma Blair shares details about her struggles with multiple sclerosis, including her emotional reaction to her diagnosis and the friends who support her.