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Multiple Sclerosis May Cause Changes in Thalamus

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Small study finds that MS might reduce volume in area of brain affecting thought process

FRIDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that in addition to the disabling lesions it's known to cause, multiple sclerosis also damages the part of the brain that affects thinking skills, motor function and the senses.

"The thalamus is a central area that relates to the rest of the brain and acts as the 'post office,'" study co-author Khader Hasan, an associate professor at University of...

Small study finds that MS might reduce volume in area of brain affecting thought process

FRIDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that in addition to the disabling lesions it's known to cause, multiple sclerosis also damages...

Multiple Sclerosis May Take a Different Pathway Than Previously Thought

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'Outside-in' disease progression could change approach to diagnosis, treatment, researchers say

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple sclerosis may begin in the outer layer of the brain and work its way into the deep interior, according to a new study that upends long-held beliefs about the nervous system disease.

The new findings, which could spur changes in the way MS is diagnosed and treated, appear to solidify a theory that's emerged in recent years. This new premise suggests...

Brief Psychotherapy Helps Multiple Sclerosis Patients with Insomnia and Depression

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Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience a complex spectrum of symptoms such as fatigue, pain, reduced use of legs and arms, vision problems, and functional difficulties with their bowels and bladders, not to mention sexual problems. They also experience higher rates of insomnia—often linked to their depression and anxiety. A new study suggests that short-term psychotherapy can improve insomnia in these individuals, which may also lower levels of depression and anxiety. A total of...

New Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Promising In Early Trial

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TUESDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple sclerosis patients may eventually benefit from a novel treatment that takes aim at the abnormal behavior of a specific type of immune cell, preliminary research suggests.

The errant behavior of the cells in question -- known as "B cells" -- is viewed as key to the development of this chronic and disabling nervous system disease, commonly called MS.

The new therapy's potential is only in the early stages of exploration, cautions an international...

Night-Shift Problem?

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For young people, working the late shift may lead to worse problems than just being sleepy the next day

Hi, I'm Dr. Cindy Haines, host of HealthDay TV.

About 400,000 Americans have multiple sclerosis, which is also called MS. Many researchers these days are trying to find out if our surroundings can make us more likely to develop the disease.

In a new study, researchers looked at lifestyle factors of thousands of people with MS and thousands more who didn't have MS. They found...