Life stressors may contribute to multiple sclerosis flares, disability

Stressors across the lifespan — including poverty, abuse and divorce — are associated with worsening health and functional outcomes for people with multiple sclerosis, a new study finds. Researchers say the findings can inform MS research as well as clinical care, including referrals to mental health or substance use support.

MS Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center Nationally Recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Multiple Sclerosis Center, a leading provider of care for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in New Jersey, has been officially recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program. It is one of only two Centers for Comprehensive MS Care in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Stem Cell Transplants May Delay Disability Longer than Some MS Medications

In people with active secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), hematopoietic stem cell transplants may delay disability longer than some other MS medications, according to a study published in the December 21, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study involved autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplants, which use healthy blood stem cells from a person’s own body to replace diseased cells.

ACTRIMS Forum 2023 themed MS: Going Viral

The Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) annual Forum will be held Feb. 23-25, 2023, in San Diego, California at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Themed “MS: Going Viral,” the Forum 2023, will address the role of different viruses that have been implicated in the ongoing disease process in MS, in particular the Epstein-Barr virus, which has been associated with the onset of MS. The Forum also features the Kenneth P. Johnson Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered by Dr. Lawrence Steinman.

Does Multiple Sclerosis Play a Role in Cancer Screening and Diagnosis?

Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) are less likely to have breast cancers detected through cancer screenings than women without MS, according to new research published in the April 27, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Conversely, researchers also found that people with MS are more likely to have colorectal cancers detected at an early stage than those without MS.

Study Finds Rate of Multiple Sclerosis Similarly High in Black and White People

The rate of multiple sclerosis (MS) cases varies greatly by race and ethnicity. A new study suggests that the prevalence of MS in Black and white people is similarly high, while much lower in Hispanic and Asian people. The research is published in the April 27, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Study may show why MS patients develop progressive disability but those with related diseases do not

Did you know multiple sclerosis (MS) means multiple scars? New research shows that the brain and spinal cord scars in people with MS may offer clues to why they developprogressive disability but those with related diseases where the immune system attacks the central nervous system do not.

In a study published in Neurology, Mayo Clinic researchers and colleagues assessed if inflammation leads to permanent scarring in these three diseases:

Multi-sensor Band Quickly and Simply Records Subtle Changes in Patients with MS

An international team of scientists, led by UC San Diego researchers, has developed a new, multi-sensor tool that measures subtle changes in multiple sclerosis patients, allowing physicians to more frequently and more quickly respond to changes in symptoms or patient condition.