October 2017: News from BMC Neurology
A summary of relevant guidelines detailed the effectiveness of regular physical activity as a means of rehabilitation for MS patients. In MS patients affected by mild or moderate disability, appropriate exercise can cause noteworthy and important improvements in aerobic fitness, muscle strength, flexibility, balance, fatigue, cognition, quality of life and respiratory function. Patients may also positively adapt to resistance training which may result in improved fatigue and movement. Flexibility exercises such as stretching the muscles may diminish spasticity and prevent future painful contractions. Balance exercises result in fewer falls and better overall balance. Exercise should be considered as an effective means for optimizing physical functioning and mental health without concern of triggering the onset or exacerbation of disease symptoms or relapse.
News from University of British Columbia:
Examining 1250 patients, 49% of whom had a psychiatric disorder identified a link between a psychiatric comorbidity and disability progression of MS. Interestingly, the link held true only for women. The findings indicate that optimizing management of psychiatric comorbidities should be explored as a means of potentially mitigating disability progression in MS.
News from the Philippines:
Medical Marijuana was approved by the legislature for use in treating symptoms for 10 different disease including MS.
News from Sweden:
Teenagers who suffer concussions have a 22% higher risk of developing MS a study at Orebro University found. Between 1964 and 2012, 7292 patients were diagnosed with autoimmune disease.
September 2017: In Neurology
The latest study from Finland examining the relationship of Vitamin D to risk of MS. While the study failed to adjust for MS risk factors such as bodymass index, smoking, or presence of Epstein-Barr virus infection or that the study was primarily white subjects, the investigators concluded that correcting vitamin D deficiency among reproductive age women may reduce their future risk of developing MS.
September 2017: Study out of Denmark
Led researchers to conclude that resistance training may slow down the progression of MS by enhancing brain volume. The initial study included mostly high-functioning people. They are not sure if exercise works for those in a more progressed stage of the disease. Studies have also shown that exercise reduces depression and fatigue as well as improving cognitive function and learning.
July 17, 2017: 5 Areas of research that could change the Future of MS Treatment
The MS Society in the UK reports movement in a number of areas in the search for better treatment and cure for MS.
Stem Cell therapy – A greater understanding of the myelin-producing stem cells in the brain could lead the way to treatment promoting myelin repair.
Genetics – Although not the only contributing factor, genetics do play a role in the development of MS. Understanding more about inheritance factors may help develop strategies to prevent MS or tailor treatments depending upon a person’s genes.
Vitamin D – MS is more common in countries further from the equator meaning fewer hours of sunshine and lower levels of Vitamin D. Research is need to determine the link between vitamin D and MS and if supplements could be an effective method of treatment .
Myelin repair – There are a number of myelin research projects to develop treatment that could stop the progression of the disease.
Neuroprotection – Latest research has indicated that protecting nerve cells from damage could be a potential strategy to prevent of slow down the progression of MS. The idea is to develop drugs to protect nerve cells from damage.
July 14, 2017: Tips for Managing Cognitive Health
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, around 65% of people living with MS suffer from some cognitive issues – most notably memory, concentration and speed of processing information. Cognitive health can be improved by participating in activities such as painting or drawing, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords and sudokus, learning a new language, creative writing, watching game shows and playing cards and board games – all enjoyable ways to keep your mind active. Also consider taking part in groups – a good way to exercise your mind while enjoying the company of others.
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