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Scientists Announce Big Find on Multiple Sclerosis
Scientists Announce Big Find
on Multiple Sclerosis
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Scientists Announce Big Find on Multiple Sclerosis

Findings 'strongly suggest' Epstein-Barr virus is 'a cause and not a consequence of MS'

(Newser) - Researchers say more treatments for multiple sclerosis may be possible after finding a likely "initial trigger" of the auto immune disease. It's unknown what exactly causes MS, a condition affecting 2.8 million people in which immune system cells attack the protective coating on nerve fibers, though some...

Dead to Me Star Opens Up About MS, 50th Birthday

Christina Applegate had a tough day on Thanksgiving

(Newser) - Christina Applegate turned 50 last Thursday, and she had a tough day. Not just because she had to share her milestone with a national holiday, but because living with multiple sclerosis was taking a toll that day. "Yup. I turned 50 today. And I have MS. It's been...

John King of CNN Reveals MS Diagnosis

Says he is immunocompromised as he advocates for vaccines, mandates

(Newser) - CNN's John King, perhaps best known to viewers as the updater of voting maps during live election coverage, revealed Tuesday that he has multiple sclerosis. “I’m going to share a secret I have never spoken before," said the 58-year-old during an Inside Politics segment on the...

Christina Applegate: 'It's Been a Tough Road'

Actor reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis, asks for privacy

(Newser) - More than a decade removed from her battle with breast cancer, Christina Applegate is facing down a new health challenge: multiple sclerosis. The Emmy-winning actor revealed she was diagnosed with the chronic disease "a few months ago" in a late Monday tweet. "It's been a strange journey,...

Different Vaccine Is Making Headlines, This One for MS

BioNTech vaccine reduces severity of symptoms and delays progression, study suggests

(Newser) - BioNTech has a second vaccine making headlines, but this one has nothing to do with COVID. Instead, it shows promise against multiple sclerosis. In a study at Science , researchers say the vaccine reduced the severity of symptoms in lab mice, delayed the disease's progression in mice with early signs...

Rowling Makes Huge Move for MS Research

The 'Harry Potter' author's mother had the disease and died at 45

(Newser) - JK Rowling's mother had multiple sclerosis and died from complications of the disease at age 45. Now, the Harry Potter scribe is making a big move to fight the disease: She's donating $18.8 million for new facilities at a research center named after her mom, the AP...

Selma Blair Talks About Relief of Her MS Diagnosis

'There's no tragedy for me,' says the 46-year-old

(Newser) - Actress Selma Blair drew attention on the Oscars red carpet for an unusual reason: The 46-year-old was using a cane. Blair revealed last year that she had multiple sclerosis, and in an interview with Good Morning America , she talks about her current struggles and the sense of relief she felt...

Selma Blair Makes Emotional Reveal on Personal Health

The actress says she's been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

(Newser) - Selma Blair has publicly revealed a medical drama that's been playing out in her personal life. In an emotional Instagram post, the Legally Blonde actress wrote that she was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And...

She Set a Burpee World Record, Got Pilloried for Her Form
She Set a Burpee World Record,
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She Set a Burpee World Record, but Her Form Is Bugging People

Elizabeth Llorente says she adhered to Guinness' definition

(Newser) - If you dread doing burpees, this stat might make you blanch: A Melbourne, Australia, woman set a world record last weekend for the most burpees done in 60 minutes by a female at 1,490, topping the previous record of 1,321. Except the internet is freaking out a bit...

Link Between Breastfeeding, Lower Risk of This Disease

How long a woman nurses appears to impact her risk in developing multiple sclerosis

(Newser) - Women are most likely to develop multiple sclerosis during their childbearing years—after they hit puberty and before menopause. And recent studies show that oral contraceptive use and levels of sex hormones impact a woman's risk, while women who already have the chronic autoimmune disease are less likely to...

Groundbreaking Multiple Sclerosis Drug Cleared by FDA

Ocrevus will be the first drug available to treat the more severe form of MS

(Newser) - A new drug that treats both the severe and the more common forms of multiple sclerosis in adult patients was approved by the FDA on Tuesday. Reuters and the AP report that after a three-month delay due to manufacturing concerns, Ocrevus will become accessible in the United States in two...

Strong Chemo Plus Stem Cell Transplant May Halt MS

Study used extremely small sample size, but results are encouraging

(Newser) - The sample size was quite small, but research on patients with multiple sclerosis shows promising results on stopping the progression of the incurable disease that causes the immune system to attack the coating around nerve fibers (and the fibers themselves) in the brain and spinal cord, the BBC reports. Per...

Using Chemo to Treat MS Shows 'Remarkable' Promise

It's part of treatment that essentially resets a person's immune system

(Newser) - Chemotherapy is well-known as a cancer treatment, but it could also be a big part of the cure for many with multiple sclerosis, the Guardian reports. Over the past few years, about 20 MS patients in the US, England, Brazil, and Sweden have been given a new treatment—known as...

Jamie-Lynn Sigler: I've Had MS Since the Sopranos

Actress reveals 14-year struggle to 'People'

(Newser) - Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been battling multiple sclerosis since her days on The Sopranos, the actress reveals to People . Sigler, now 34, was diagnosed at 20 years old, but she says she "wasn't ready until now" to speak publicly about the illness. She just married pro baseball player Cutter...

Coffee Habit Wards Off Yet Another Illness

Caffeine may protect you from multiple sclerosis, researchers say

(Newser) - Rejoice yet again , coffee lovers: A new study says that four or more cups a day may reduce your chance of getting multiple sclerosis, LiveScience reports. An international group of researchers looked at two datasets—one Swedish and one American—and found that people who didn't drink coffee were...

Discovered: How Oscar Wilde's Wife Died

Constance Wilde's early passing may have been tied to misguided surgery

(Newser) - The cause of Constance Wilde's death at age 40 has long been a mystery, but now, 116 years later, it appears to have been solved. Family letters unveiled by Oscar Wilde's grandson suggest that the writer's wife died within days of a gynecological operation gone wrong, the...

Romneys Opening Center to Fight Brain Disease

Will focus on Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and other ailments with no cure

(Newser) - Their legacy already established in politics, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, are working to leave a lasting mark on neuroscience. Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital today will announce the launch of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, a venture funded by the Romneys and their expansive...

Girl With MS Among Fastest Young Runners in US

Kayla Montgomery may actually be helped by the disease

(Newser) - Kayla Montgomery is an 18-year-old distance runner who won the North Carolina state title last month and whose time (10 minutes, 43 seconds to run the 3,200 meters) ranks her among the nation's elite in her age group. The reason she is featured in the New York Times...

Food Poisoning May Trigger Multiple Sclerosis

Study suggests that a toxin plays a role

(Newser) - Scientists still don't know what causes multiple sclerosis, but new research suggests that a particular strain of food poisoning may play a role, reports the BBC . The food bacterium in question is called Clostridium perfringens, which NBC News notes is responsible for millions of cases of foodborne illnesses per...

Man With MS Makes Record Everest Leap

Frenchman skydived over highest mountain

(Newser) - A Frenchman with multiple sclerosis says he is exhausted, bruised, but very happy after becoming the first disabled man to skydive over Mount Everest. Marc Kopp, 55, swapped his wheelchair for a horse for the long journey to a Himalayan airstrip before jumping out of a helicopter at 38,000...

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