A cross-section of hot trending MS research is spotlighted in USA Today, cutting edge research in which the Society is deeply involved
May 1, 2014
What's new in the fight against MS?
Complex is a good word to describe multiple sclerosis. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, symptoms can vary from fatigue and numbness to vision problems, bladder issues, difficulty walking and more; and individual symptoms can change over time, making the disease tough to diagnose.
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Researchers Suggest Toxin May Be a Trigger for MS
Research which revealed that toxin may be a trigger in MS has prompted the Society to fund additional studies in pursuit of its NOW initiative and new lead in better understanding MS. These studies are proceeding with grant funding to team leader Timothy Vartanian, MD, PhD.
Low Vitamin D Levels Early in MS May Predict Disease Activity and Progression, Suggests New National MS Society-Funded Study
The international team led by Harvard researchers, funded by the Society and the National Institutes of Health, has found that levels of vitamin D in serum early in the course of MS may be predictive of later disease activity and progression. Identifying such lifestyle factors that can benefit everyone affected by MS is a priority area of focus for the Society.
Study Provides Strong Evidence for Benefits of Cognitive Rehabilitation to Improve Learning and Memory in People with MS
Researchers at the Kessler Foundation in New Jersey reported results of a clinical trial showing that a specific designed type of memory training can improve learning in people with MS for at least 6 months after the training has ended, and also benefits other aspects of quality of life. This team is now funded with a Collaborative MS Research Center Award from the Society, the first such award for rehabilitation research.