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Spinal Fluid Marker May Predict More Rapid MS Progression in People with Newly Diagnosed MS

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is caused by the attack of the patient’s immune system on the coating of nerve fibers (myelin) in the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord). We also know that the nerve fibers themselves can be damaged, which causes even greater disability.   Researchers have identified a molecule in the spinal fluid […]

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New Criteria for Staging and Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

The Alzheimer’s Association has created a new biology-based criteria for the diagnosis and staging of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). These criteria, last revised in 2018, now include cognitive performance and functionality as well as new blood and CSF (spinal fluid) biomarkers. It has long been known that the neuropathological changes occur long before clinical suggestion of

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Is Ozempic OK for MS Patients?

More than just ok for MS patients, Ozempic may actually be beneficial to those who would have developed it. Recent studies have shown the potential neuroprotective effects of diabetes and weight loss drugs (called semaglutides) in different neurologic conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease (https://becarelink.com/the-meds-americans-crave-for-weight-loss-may-benefit-patients-with-early-parkinsons-disease/). A study presented at a MS conference (Actrims) in 2024 showed

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Diagnosis of Parkinson’s and other Neurodegenerative Disorders can be made through a skin test

Roughly 2.5 million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease and other similar disorders including dementia with Lewy Body Disease and Multisystem Atrophy. Almost 200,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with Parkinson’s Disease alone.  This group of neurodegenerative conditions is called Synucleinopathies. These conditions have similar presentations including tremors and cognitive changes; all have an abnormal protein

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MS Disability Progression Increases In patients with other Autoimmune Disorders

A recently published study suggests that MS patients are likely to have greater disability progression if they also carry diagnoses of other autoimmune disorders, such as Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Type 1 Diabetes. The gold standard tool of measuring disability in MS is called the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS).  The scale ranges from

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The Difference Between Advanced and Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

The most well-known type of Multiple Sclerosis is Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS) in which the patient experiences a distinct onset of symptoms and significant improvement of the symptoms as the flare remits.  As this is a chronic disorder, repeated flares can cause permanent damage and therefore long-term and permanent disability.  The longer someone lives with MS,

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Does MS directly cause depression or is depression a reaction to having MS?

There has been a longstanding debate as to whether depression, which is noted exceedingly frequently in MS patients, is caused by the disease state (in other words biologically distinct from depression that occurs in other neurologic and psychiatric conditions) or is a co-morbidity of MS (meaning that MS and depression tend to occur together but

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