7 Surprising Uses for Botulinum Toxin

Most people are familiar with the cosmetic uses of Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin® and other forms of injectable botulinum toxin. But this drug is good for more than just paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles. It can also be used to treat a range of conditions – from serious pain disorders to less serious medical issues. … Read More

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

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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

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

Why You Should Consider a Yearly Eye Exam

Your next trip to the ophthalmologist could reveal more than a vision problem. It turns out, you can find out a lot about your health during an eye exam. Ophthalmologist Rishi Singh, MD, says diseases and other issues may show up when you have your eyes checked. What your eye exam could reveal Dr. Rishi … 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

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6 Wellness Tips to Manage MS

It’s understandable when patients with multiple sclerosis focus only on treating symptoms and forget their bodies have other needs, but that’s not the best course of action. “A therapeutic approach that incorporates a variety of wellness strategies along with treatment recommendations will help MS patients feel their best,” says Devon Conway, MD, a neurologist at … Read More

A Light on Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Television reality star Jack Osbourne, son of rocker Ozzy, recently revealed he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a central-nervous system disorder that attacks the brain and spinal cord. There is no cure. Mary Rensel, MD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis, did not treat Osbourne, but says treatment can … Read More