Drink Up! Coffee May Reduce Your Risk of MS

Coffee intake has been linked to a reduced risk of several diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.  New research finds drinking coffee also may protect against the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), a disabling neurological disease that affects about 2.5 million people world-wide. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Northern California studied more than 2,000 people, half of whom were … Read More

How Numbness, Tingling Are Connected to Your Multiple Sclerosis

Numbness and tingling are often the result of minor nerve injuries or inflammation. But for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), these symptoms can become severe and interfere with walking or doing everyday tasks. Why does this happen? In patients with MS, we know what happens, but researchers are still puzzled about why it happens. What … Read More

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New Mom Focuses on Joys of Motherhood, Not Risks of MS

There was a little scare during Dion W.’s delivery of her first child, in June. Her baby’s heart rate became elevated, leading to a cesarean section for Dion and some time for the baby in the neonatal intensive care unit at Hillcrest Hospital. But Dion’s multiple sclerosis was not a factor during delivery. [Tweet “C-section, … Read More

Postpartum Planning Is a Must If You Have MS

Women with MS are more likely to suffer from depression than the general population, meaning they also may be at greater risk of the condition after they have a baby. They need to plan ahead with their doctors and watch for mood swings during and after pregnancy, since these can affect care for self and … Read More

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Breastfeeding Is Best, Even When You Have MS

Bringing a newborn home from the hospital when you have multiple sclerosis adds a whole new dimension to common decisions like whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby. The benefits of breastfeeding are well-known. However, the chance that mom could transmit her medications to her baby via breast milk also is a concern. [Tweet “Is … Read More