Multiple Sclerosis is obviously close to my heart and I'm determined to make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from the disease by raising the profile of MS, as well as raising funds for advocacy and research - Ann Romney
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MS is more common in women than in men and in Caucasians of northern European ancestry than in other ethnic groups and is widely believed to be an autoimmune disorder, mainly for lack of a better cause. Currently, there is no known cure, despite allegations suggesting otherwise. But could there be one on the horizon?
MS remains a very difficult disease to diagnose for the following reasons: •The majority of MS cases are the relapsing-remitting type, e.g. the symptoms may come and go. •Up to now, no single lab test can give a positive-negative answer for MS. •Early symptoms are difficult to interpret and may be similar to other more common diseases.
Similarly the treatment for MS continues to remain just as difficult as making the diagnosis. Over the years, drugs have been developed and approved that slow down the progression and minimize the severity of MS attacks. Unfortunately, many of these MS drugs are associated with many side effects, some of them serious. And, the benefits of treatment greatly depends on the disease course and the stage when detected.
However, in 2009 a new theory and possible treatment for MS was put forward by an Italian doctor that challenged the conventional thinking of MS as an autoimmune disease. Zamboni's theory is now popularly known as Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI).
As one would expect, the medical establishment remains cautious, even openly skeptical about Zamboni's theory and treatment procedure. There are experts, though, who are more open-minded and willing to give Zamboni and his CCSVI the benefit of doubt.
Keep track of the ongoing clinical trials. Ultimately, this could be the elusive cure for some MS patients. It's worth considering.
Montel Williams - I have MS. It doesn’t have Me
“I have one of the biggest mouths on this planet, and I decided to keep using it until everyone, everywhere, knows about MS, what can be done to fight it, and a cure is found”...Montel Williams.
My MS Diagnosis: A Story About Living A Positive Life
Of the more than 2.3 million people worldwide who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I am only one story. I am a wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, friend, and woman living with an incurable and unpredictable disease. And even though I am only one person, my story can add great value by educating others about what it's like to live with an autoimmune disease. One story can make a difference.
Toxin From Common Foodborne Bacteria Linked With Multiple Sclerosis
A toxin produced by a common foodborne bacteria could play a role in multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests. Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College found that the epsilon toxin, produced by certain strains of the foodborne bacteria Clostridium perfringens, targets the same myelin-producing cells that also die in multiple sclerosis, as well as other cells that play a role in inflammation in multiple sclerosis. These cells include the meningeal and retinal vascular cells.
The online community for people in North Carolina who want to do something about MS NOW!
All About Multiple Sclerosis
All About Multiple Sclerosis aims to provide accurate and comprehensive medical information about multiple sclerosis (MS) written in plain English by people living with the disease and its symptoms. It contains a detailed description of multiple sclerosis, a large archive of news stories about MS, an MS encyclopedia and a large links section containing hundreds of commented and rated links.
Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases
More than 50 million people worldwide suffer from neurologic diseases. With so many lives at stake, the time is now to take action.
The Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is a collaborative global pursuit to accelerate treatments, prevention, and cures for five of the world’s most complex neurologic diseases: multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease, and brain tumors.
Montel Williams MS Foundation
The Montel Williams MS Foundation was established to further the scientific study of MS in October 2000. The goals of The Montel Williams MS Foundation are to provide financial assistance to select organizations and institutions conducting the most current research, to raise national awareness about MS, and to educate the public.
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John Studdy AwardAbout Us
"MS Australia strives for a world without multiple sclerosis through quality research and for service excellence to people with multiple sclerosis and their careers."
MS in America: MS treatment
The MS In America 2015 online survey gathered insights from over 5,900 individuals who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, to better understand what living with MS is really like. This survey not only asked about patients’ diagnosis and treatment journey, it also included the impact on quality of life, symptoms, HCP engagement, and much more. Survey respondents were primarily female and over age 40, similar to the profiles of MS sufferers across the U.S.
MS Ireland provides a range of services and resources to the whole MS Community, those with MS, family members, employers and Health Professionals.
MS Society of New Zealand
We have worked since 1967 to support, educate and advocate for people with MS and their support networks. We have educated the general public, employers and health professionals about MS and actively encouraged on-going medical research to find the cause and a cure for multiple sclerosis.
Multiple Sclerosis - A Personal Account
I am not medically qualified, so this web site is purely a record of my experience with Multiple Sclerosis. Any observations I make are only my personal opinion, my personal account.
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation provides a comprehensive approach to helping people with MS maintain their health and well-being. We offer programming and support to keep them self-sufficient and their homes safe, while our educational programs heighten public awareness and promote understanding about the disease.
Multiple Sclerosis Society
We are committed to bringing high standards of quality health and social care within reach of everyone affected by MS and to encourage and support medical and applied research into its cause and control. We have a vision and mission for action across the UK.
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
The mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is: To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.
Multiple Sclerosis Trust
The MS Trust is a UK charity, providing information for anyone affected by multiple sclerosis, education programmes for health professionals, funding for practical research and campaigning for specialist multiple sclerosis services.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.
Rocky Mountain MS Center
The Rocky Mountain MS Center is a patient-centered organization dedicated to changing the way we think about and treat MS in order to protect the futures of those living with the disease.
MS ActiveSource is a place that offers information to support people living with Multiple Sclerosis. Information on MS ActiveSource is updated to provide new ideas for living well and staying active. In short, it is a tool to help you take control of your MS. Here you can use any of your MS ActiveSource tools to build a personalized homepage or connect with a mentor or support
At MultipleSclerosis.net we empower patients and caregivers to take control of MS by providing a platform to learn, educate, and connect with peers and healthcare professionals.
Shift.ms is a community for young people affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Users can share, support and interact with each other throughout the site. Register now to create a profile, plot yourself on the map and start adding your voice to the community.
Comprehensive site on MS including a Multiple Sclerosis Blog.
Better Health Channel Australia
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common chronic disease of the central nervous system among young Australians. Victoria has more people with MS than any other state in Australia. MS is not contagious, but it is progressive and unpredictable.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, chronic, degenerative disorder that affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates nerves and facilitates the conduction of nerve impulses is the initial target of inflammatory destruction in multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially debilitating disease in which your body's immune system eats away at the protective sheath that covers your nerves. This interferes with the communication between your brain and the rest of your body. Ultimately, this may result in deterioration of the nerves themselves, a process that's not reversible.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which the nerves of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) degenerate. Myelin, which provides a covering or insulation for nerves, improves the conduction of impulses along the nerves and also is important for maintaining the health of the nerves.
No one knows what causes MS. It may be an autoimmune disease, which happens when your body attacks itself. Multiple sclerosis affects women more than men. It often begins between the ages of 20 and 40. Usually, the disease is mild, but some people lose the ability to write, speak or walk.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders
An unpredictable disease of the central nervous system, multiple sclerosis (MS) can range from relatively benign to somewhat disabling to devastating, as communication between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted. Many investigators believe MS to be an autoimmune disease -- one in which the body, through its immune system, launches a defensive attack against its own tissues.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common neurological condition among young adults in the UK, affecting approximately 85,000 people. It is possible for MS to occur at any age, but in most cases symptoms are first seen between the ages of 20 and 40.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disorder of the brain and spinal cord. It can cause a variety of symptoms. In most cases, episodes of symptoms 'come and go' at first for several years. In time, some symptoms usually become permanent, and cause disability.
Imagine knowing what treatments work for people just like you '' and having the ability to easily connect with those people. That''s what makes PatientsLikeMe different. By sharing your symptoms, treatments and more, you can gain insight into what affects your condition while helping others learn from your experiences. Together, we can achieve more.
Multiple Sclerosis takes several forms, with new symptoms occurring either in discrete attacks (relapsing forms) or slowly accumulating over time (progressive forms).