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National MS Society Continues to Propel Research Forward to End MS - Launches 2010 With Call for Research Grants to Pursue CCSVI Leads
Date:12/22/2009

ournal Multiple Sclerosis to guide neurologists through the complex process of distinguishing MS from look-alike disorders ("differential diagnosis"). This paper was the most frequently downloaded paper from the journal's Website this year.
  • Fast Forward made its first investments in promising agents. This effort to speed the delivery of new treatments to people with MS has already attracted over $20 million in new funding.
  • A small NIH-supported study by Stanford University researchers found that women who breastfed their babies exclusively (without giving supplemental bottles) for at least the first two months post-partum were less likely to have an MS relapse than those who did not breastfeed or who did not breastfeed exclusively during the first two months.
  • Multiple previous studies have documented that smoking cigarettes increases the risk of developing MS. Harvard researchers have now tracked hundreds of smokers, ex-smokers and never-smokers, all of whom had MS, for an average of over three years. They reported that disability progressed more quickly in smokers. In several measures, ex-smokers did not differ substantially from never-smokers, suggesting that quitting may delay MS progression. In two other separate studies, State University of New York, Buffalo researchers reported links between smoking and brain tissue damage observed on MRI scans of people with MS, and Karolinska Institute investigators in Sweden confirmed negative effects of smoking, but found no association between the use of snuff and the risk of developing MS. The latter study suggests a component of cigarettes other than nicotine is responsible for the increased risk of developing MS
  • Early, small-scale trials are underway or getting started to test the potential of a special type of adult stem cell found in the bone marrow, called mesenchymal stem cells. Although these cells have the potential for both turning down MS immune attacks and stimulating
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