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Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis

Approved for patients with relapsing forms of MS, the drug generally should be reserved for those who have had an inadequate response to 2 or more drugs indicated for MS treatment.

As more treatments become available, patients will have more preferences and will play a more prominent role in directing choices.

Determining who is at risk for MS remains difficult, and symptoms may take time to develop even in patients who already have some destroyed myelin. MRI may help.

A new study provides hope for MS treatment with IGF-1, which could ultimately halt the attack of T effector cells on myelin, thereby stopping disease progression.

New study findings do not suggest a need for a change in vaccine policy, but even a small increased risk could have an effect on public health.

Studies suggest that acupuncture can improve MS-related symptoms, but poor design makes it difficult to draw robust conclusions.

This, the least common MS disease course, carries the worst prognosis. Treatments are urgently needed to prevent or delay the rapid disease progression.

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