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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.

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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.

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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.

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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.


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