multiple sclerosis

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. 

UF Health

Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a new therapy that they hope could lead to a cure for multiple sclerosis.

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.

With Monday’s Florida Supreme Court ruling that will allow medical marijuana on the November general election ballot, questions abound about who could use it and when -- assuming it passes, which requires a 60-percent margin.

If passed, state officials would work out many of the details, but in the meantime, the Tampa Bay Times offers a Q&A (paywall alert). It answers questions such as:

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. 

 

There's lots of science trying to connect a baby's birth date to health later in life. It's usually about serious diseases that have no clear cause, like schizoprenia, autism and multiple sclerosis.

And it's almost all junk science, the medical equivalent of astrology. That's because though studies have shown a correlation between season of birth and disease for MS and other disorders, they've never been able to show how seasonal differences in people's bodies or the environment could cause disease.