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Household Chemical Exposure and Risk of MS in Children

Household Chemical Exposure and Risk of MS in Children

Several genetic and environmental risks have been associated with MS. Some of the environmental risks that have been explored include Vitamin D levels, EBV infection, cigarette smoking, toxin exposure among others.In a recently published study, the authors examined exposure to household chemicals and the risk of pediatric MS.561 pediatric MS patients ( diagnosed before the age of 18 years) and 644 controls ( children who do not have MS) from 16 pediatric MS centers in the US participated in...
A positive attitude may slow cognitive decline in MS

A positive attitude may slow cognitive decline in MS

In a recent publication, investigators evaluated factors that might influence the change in a test called the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) within a large group of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).  This test measures cognitive function, specifically processing speed, which is an area of cognition most commonly affected in MS.  At least two SDMT tests from 531 patients were collected over the course of 16 years and the average time between tests was approximately three years. The...
High Dose Biotin again showed benefit in progressive multiple sclerosis in a small study in France

High Dose Biotin again showed benefit in progressive multiple sclerosis in a small study in France

Jonathan Ciron, MD from Toulouse France presented their clinical findings in first 91 patients with primary or secondary progressive multiple sclerosis followed for one year on 300 mg day.They looked at EDSS, 25 foot timed walk, 9 hole peg test , number of relapses and gad lesions on MRI.Mean age was 59 yr, 61% were females. Mean EDSS was 5.9. An EDSS of 6 means needing cane to walk.After 1 year, 23% of patients improved on EDSS and 23% improved on 25 foot timed walk.This high dose vitamin...

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