Smoking May Worsen Your MS More Quickly

If you have MS and smoke, there’s now more reason than ever to quit. New research shows continued smoking after an initial multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis appears to speed up the disease and lead to greater disability faster.  Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly … Read More

Avoid 8 Common Triggers to Make Your Life With MS Easier

If you have multiple sclerosis, you can do things to help limit unpredictable flare-ups of pain, dizziness, numbness and imbalance. In particular, people with relapsing-remitting MS, can take steps to avoid certain behaviors and situations that trigger MS flare-ups or relapses. Neurologist Alexander Rae-Grant, MD, identifies eight triggers that may lead to relapses or flare-ups. Avoid these … Read More

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

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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

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

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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