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  • Former ‘Mouseketeer’ Annette Funicello Dead at 70

    04/08/2013 10:29:48 AM PDT · by Artem55 · 94 replies
    Extra TV ^ | 04/08/2013 | artem55
    <p>Sad to report actress Annette Funicello, best known as a child performer on the original “Mickey Mouse Club” and for her beach movies with Frankie Avalon, died on Monday. She was 70.</p>
  • Breakthrough nanoparticle halts multiple sclerosis

    11/21/2012 11:41:34 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | 11/18/12 | Marla Paul
    New nanotechnology can be used for Type 1 diabetes, food allergies and asthma New nanoparticle tricks and resets immune system in mice with MSFirst MS approach that doesn't suppress immune systemClinical trial for MS patients shows why nanoparticle is best optionNanoparticle now being tested in Type 1 diabetes and asthma CHICAGO --- In a breakthrough for nanotechnology and multiple sclerosis, a biodegradable nanoparticle turns out to be the perfect vehicle to stealthily deliver an antigen that tricks the immune system into stopping its attack on myelin and halt a model of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) in mice, according...
  • MS damage washed away by stream of young blood

    01/15/2012 12:48:11 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 1/14/12
    A FOUNTAIN of youthful cells reverses the damage found in diseases like multiple sclerosis, a study in mice reveals. Nerve cells lose their electrically insulating myelin sheath as MS develops. New myelin-generating cells can be produced from stem cells, but the process loses efficiency with age. Julia Ruckh at the University of Cambridge, and colleagues, have found a way to reverse the age-related efficiency loss. They linked the bloodstreams of young mice to old mice with myelin damage. Exposure to youthful blood reactivated stem cells in the old mice, boosting myelin generation.
  • Major ALS breakthrough (and Alzheimer's?)

    08/21/2011 1:27:07 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    Northwestern University ^ | August 21, 2011 | Unknown
    Researchers discover common cause of all forms of ALSCHICAGO --- The underlying disease process of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease), a fatal neurodegenerative disease that paralyzes its victims, has long eluded scientists and prevented development of effective therapies. Scientists weren't even sure all its forms actually converged into a common disease process. But a new Northwestern Medicine study for the first time has identified a common cause of all forms of ALS. The basis of the disorder is a broken down protein recycling system in the neurons of the spinal cord and the brain. Optimal functioning of...
  • Testosterone protects brain in men with MS [scientists say hormones may offer defence for females]

    05/16/2007 12:04:20 PM PDT · by bedolido · 3 replies · 250+ views ^ | 05-15-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Testosterone can help protect against brain shrinkage in men with multiple sclerosis (MS), a small, preliminary trial suggests. Patients who applied a gel containing the hormone every day for a year showed less brain shrinkage than expected for people of their age with MS. The study participants also showed an increase in muscle mass over the course of the one-year trial.
  • Vanity: Multiple Sclerosis and Cost of Medication

    02/27/2007 11:44:38 AM PST · by Puddleglum · 23 replies · 2,245+ views
    To all Freepers and family members who have MS (multiple sclerosis): how much of the cost of your injectable does your insurance cover, if you use betaseron or copaxane or avonex? I was shocked this year to learn my wife's medicine is now a non-preferred drug and that we pay 30% of the cost, which is $500 a month. Now that's a lot better than paying the full price, but it is still very high. I have always had it covered as a flat co-pay before - say $50. Are there ways to reduce the cost or do I have...
  • Multiple Sclerosis May Be Helped By Statins

    11/07/2002 2:04:34 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 207+ views
    Nature Science Update ^ | 7 Novembere 2002 | Helen Pearson
    Widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs could relieve multiple sclerosis, say researchers. The drugs might also work on other diseases where the immune system attacks the body. The drugs, called statins, are commonly prescribed to fight heart disease. The new study shows that they may also work on the immune system, reducing brain inflammation. Multiple sclerosis is thought to arise when the immune system assaults the nervous system. It strikes with unpredictable symptoms including fatigue, tremor and paralysis. Existing treatments can slow, but not stop, the advance of the disease. Scott Zamvil of the University of California, San Francisco, and his team...