The prevalence of multiple sclerosis in the United States population appears to be nearly double previous estimates. Among servicemembers, however, the rate of new MS diagnoses has dropped significantly in recent years.
OKLAHOMA CITY — While multiple sclerosis (MS) itself remains incurable, development of more effective treatments over the past 25 years has increased life expectancy for patients with the disease. Today, MS patients have a life expectancy only about seven years less than individuals without the disease, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
After a 43-year-old female with multiple sclerosis developed urethral melanoma, with the only potential risk factor being treatment with natalizumab
BALTIMORE—Although physical rehabilitation is one of the few nonpharmaceutical therapies for maintaining or improving walking ability for patients with multiple sclerosis, many patients aren’t able to benefit because of travel distance to rehabilitation clinics, neurological... View Article
PORTLAND, OR—While not many treatment options exist for patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, a new study is suggesting that an over-the-counter remedy might improve quality of life. Research published in the journal Neuroimmunology &... View Article
Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience both falls and bladder dysfunction. In the past, those were generally considered common – but probably unrelated – issues.
Diagnosing multiple sclerosis in its early stages can be difficult in the best of circumstances.
After several years of development and testing, the VA’s Multiple Sclerosis Surveillance Registry (MSSR) is ready for rollout — and that means veterans are likely to receive more consistent and better coordinated care.
PHILADELPHIA – Emerging evidence suggests that diet and vascular risk factors including obesity and hyperlipidemia may influence progression of multiple sclerosis. A poster presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology... View Article
PORTLAND, OR – Multiple sclerosis patients have a high incidence of falls with research indicating that more than 50% of them fall in a three- to six-month period and around 30% to 50% fall multiple... View Article
WASHINGTON – Traveling to VA testing centers can be difficult for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. What if, instead, the testing could be done remotely? That’s what a study led by researchers from the Washington DC... View Article
WASHINGTON — Are veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War at increased risk to develop neurologic disease? That is what a study group, led by researchers from the VA’s multiple sclerosis (MS) Center for Excellence, sought... View Article
PORTLAND, OR — In a recent study, Portland VAMC researchers found that, in short-term trials, dalfampridine extended release (ER) improves walking in veterans with multiple sclerosis (MS). In the study, which was published recently in... View Article
BIRMINGHAM, AL — Veterans with multiple sclerosis who were treated with lithium (Li) had few adverse events, but a consistent effect on their disease was not apparent, according to a review led by researchers from... View Article
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