MS

Looking for a way to cope with his late wife's multiple sclerosis diagnosis, North Miami Beach native Dr. Robert Yonover called upon his science background and years spent designing military survival guides and did what he does best : he jotted down information, analyzed it and came up with solutions. 

The first drug to treat an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis has hit the market. 


A medical marijuana bill originally targeting children with debilitating seizures has been expanded to include other ailments. Final language in the expanded “Charlotte’s Web” bill would add people with cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other diseases to the list of ailments that qualify for the form of medical marijuana, according to the Orlando Sentinel.  The bill is awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.

Tysabri is the most effective multiple sclerosis medicine available, but using it for more than two years raises a risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, a brain infection that can be fatal, Bloomberg News reports. 
Almost 60,000 MS patients are continuing the treatment into the danger zone anyway, saying that without it they’d be disabled.

Tampa Bay Times

As the director of the University of South Florida’s MS Center explains, there’s no cure but there are new treatments for multiple sclerosis, which affects more than 2 million people worldwide, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The disease is in the news because it claimed the life of Annette Funicello, an actress and former Mouseketeer, this week.