You, MS and the Mind: Overcoming Cognitive Challenges

When people think about multiple sclerosis (MS), they may not associate it with memory loss, difficulty concentrating or struggles with organization. But if you or someone close to you has MS, these can be troubling symptoms.  It’s more common to think first about physical impairments, even though at least 65 percent of MS patients also … Read More

‘Sunshine Vitamin’ Holds Promise for MS Patients

A new study suggests that vitamin D levels for patients in the early stages of multiple sclerosis (MS) predict the disease’s severity and how quickly it progresses. The findings, recently published online in JAMA Neurology, suggest that patients in the early stages of MS could stave off disease symptoms by increasing their vitamin D intake. … Read More

Early Study: Vaccine May Help Prevent MS

A vaccine developed to prevent tuberculosis may also prevent multiple sclerosis, an Italian study has found. Vaccine affects MS damage Neurologist Daniel Ontaneda, MD, did not take part in the study but treats multiple sclerosis patients at Cleveland Clinic. “The rationale is that you give a vaccination which typically protects you against an infection like tuberculosis … Read More

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New Million-Dollar Trial for Multiple Sclerosis Drug

Cleveland Clinic has been selected as the primary investigator in a $11.3 million nationwide study funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health to conduct a trial of the oral drug ibudilast for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The Phase 2 study will enroll patients at 28 clinical sites across the U.S. The trial is … Read More

New Pill Treats Multiple Sclerosis (Video)

For people who suffer from multiple sclerosis, an experimental drug called BG-12 shows signs of being a promising new treatment. A recent study, led by Robert Fox, MD, of Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment, found that BG-12, which comes in pill form, is not only very safe but also well-tolerated by MS patients. The … Read More

A Beloved Mouseketeer and Multiple Sclerosis

Annette Funicello, one of the original mouseketeers of the 1950s “Mickey Mouse Club” and star of numerous 1960s “beach party” films, died on April 8 from complications due to multiple sclerosis (MS), For more than 25 years, Ms. Funicello struggled with MS, a central-nervous system disorder that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Different people … Read More

Childhood Obesity Link to Multiple Sclerosis

There may be another troubling consequence of childhood obesity: an increased chance of developing multiple sclerosis. A new study finds obese children and teenage girls may be more at risk for developing the chronic, debilitating central nervous system disorder. Mary Rensel, MD, who treats pediatric MS patients at Cleveland Clinic explains, “Fat increases the inflammation … Read More

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Stress Management for Multiple Sclerosis (Video)

The stress of dealing with a chronic disease can be tough for some people to overcome. A new study finds stress management programs may help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) keep the disease from progressing. Amy Sullivan, Psy.D., a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis, says, “I think this study exemplifies the … Read More

Multiple Sclerosis: Hope on the Horizon

For people living with the debilitating disease multiple sclerosis (MS), what if hope came from within their own bodies? According to new research, it might. Adult stem cells from patients could one day relieve symptoms and repair damage caused by MS. Jeffrey Cohen, MD, Director of Experimental Therapeutics at Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center, is the … Read More