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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