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Multiple Sclerosis

VA-led Study Finds U.S. MS Prevalence Is Double Previous Estimates

WASHINGTON—Researchers and policy makers estimated that 300,000 to 400,000 people in the U.S. had multiple sclerosis in 2010, but new data indicates that number grossly undercounted the number of people affected by the neurological disease.... View Article

Multiple Sclerosis

New Biomarker for MS Discovered; Could Replace MRI for Detection

BALTIMORE—A University of Maryland research team has discovered a biomarker that can determine whether a patients has multiple sclerosis or is relapsing, thanks to VA funding. Now two VA organizations focused on technology transfer are... View Article

Multiple Sclerosis

MS Surprisingly Prevalent in U.S., Dropping Among Servicemembers

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.

Multiple Sclerosis

Focus on Diabetes Control, Cancer Screening Helps Reduce MS Deaths

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.

Multiple Sclerosis

Study Suggests Physician Awareness of Natalizumab Side Effects

After a 43-year-old female with multiple sclerosis developed urethral melanoma, with the only potential risk factor being treatment with natalizumab

Multiple Sclerosis

Home Exercise Helped Maintain Gait in Veterans With MS

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

Multiple Sclerosis

Lipoic Acid Promising in VA-Funded MS Study

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

Multiple Sclerosis

Treating Bladder Symptoms Appears to Reduce Falls in VA’s MS Patients

Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience both falls and bladder dysfunction. In the past, those were generally considered common – but probably unrelated – issues.

Multiple Sclerosis

MS or Chronic Multisymptom Illness? Making the Tricky Diagnosis in Recent Veterans

Diagnosing multiple sclerosis in its early stages can be difficult in the best of circumstances.

Multiple Sclerosis

New Surveillance Registry Helps VA Provide Consistent Care to MS Patients

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.

Multiple Sclerosis

Dietary Changes Show Promise in Slowing MS Progression

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

Multiple Sclerosis

What Causes High Incidence of Falls in MS Patients?

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

Multiple Sclerosis

Remote Evaluation Possible for MS Patients

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

Multiple Sclerosis

First Gulf War Veterans Not At Increased Risk for MS

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

Multiple Sclerosis

Dalfampridine ER Improves Walking in Veterans with MS

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

Multiple Sclerosis

Lithium Has Few Adverse Effects in MS; Benefits Inconsistent

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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