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A future mono vaccine may have a shot at defeating multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests

Particles of the mononucleosis virus (dark circles) inside a cell.CDC A study provides the strongest evidence to date suggesting the Epstein-Barr virus may lead to multiple sclerosis.  Scientists disagree about whether EBV definitively causes MS. Experts hope a vaccine may one day prevent some MS cases, but it may take decades. Scientists have found the strongest evidence to date that an infection from the Epstein-Barr virus could significantly increase the risk of developing multiple scleros...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Trends, Multiple Sclerosis, Harvard, News UK, National Institutes of Health, Vaccine, Thompson, University College London, Epidemiology, Epstein Barr, EBV, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Alan Thompson

CNN's John King reveals he has multiple sclerosis and says he's grateful for his colleagues who got vaccinated

John King on CNN's "Inside Politics." CNN CNN anchor and chief national correspondent John King revealed on Tuesday that he has multiple sclerosis.King made the announcement on his program, "Inside Politics," and said he was immunocompromised."So I am grateful you are all vaccinated. I am grateful my employer says all of these amazing people who work on the floor, who came in here in the last 18 months when we are doing this, are vaccinated now that we have vaccines," he added."I don...
Tags: Science, News, Media, Trends, Cnn, Multiple Sclerosis, John King, Oliver Darcy, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Speed desk, Kelly McLaughlin Andrea Michelson

Selma Blair: ‘Things fell into place when I was diagnosed with MS’

Hollywood actor Selma Blair talks honestly and with refreshing humour about how her life has changed, her groundbreaking documentary – and the comfort of famous friendsSelma Blair is telling me a joke about three tampons walking down the road: heavy flow, medium flow, and light flow, only I’ve been warned by her representatives that she can only do these video chats in half-hour bursts, and we’re heading for minute 40 if I don’t make her stop. “No, let me finish this joke!” she insists, heading ...
Tags: Health, Hollywood, Film, Los Angeles, Society, Multiple Sclerosis, Netflix, Culture, Selma Blair, Blair, Documentary films

Common Neurological Issues And Their Symptoms: When Should You See Your Doctor?

When you’ve studied the nervous system in your science class before, perhaps you may have been presented with a network of nerves, all interconnected to make it function the way it should, every day. It doesn’t take rocket science to understand that one simple disruption in the way your nerves function or behave may lead to a possible neurological issue, both mild and serious. From simple day-to-day activities like talking, eating, and walking to more complex functions like critical thinki...
Tags: Fashion, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Alzheimers, Health & Fitness, Headache, Lou Gehrig, Neuropsychologist, Neurological, Epilepsy Treatment, Lou Gehrig& 039, s Disease, Hemicrania, Epilepsy Epilepsy

MS charities decry UK postcode lottery for ‘life-changing’ drug

Nearly 70,000 estimated to be missing out on drug available on NHS in Wales and Scotland‘It’s difficult to live a normal life’: MS patient denied drugPeople with multiple sclerosis are paying up to £600 a month for a “life-changing” drug that is available on the NHS in Wales and Scotland but not in England.Charities estimate that tens of thousands of people with MS are missing out on fampridine, which can improve a person’s ability to walk and reduce the risk of falling over. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Multiple Sclerosis, Disability, NHS, Labour, Margaret Hodge, Health policy

MedRhythms raises $25M to get patients back in tune after a stroke

MedRhythms secured $25 million in Series B funding to advance its digital therapy platform aimed at measuring and improving someone’s ability to walk after they have experienced a neurologic injury or disease. Morningside Ventures and Advantage Capital co-led the round, with participation from existing investor Werth Family Investment Associates, to give the Portland, Maine-based company $31 million in funding to date. Company co-founder and CEO Brian Harris was a neurologic music fellow at Spau...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Boston, Funding, Neuroscience, Tech, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Portland, Fda, Parkinson's Disease, Telemedicine, Morningside Ventures, HARRIS, U S Food and Drug Administration

The neuroscience of human consciousness [podcast]

How can the study of the human brain help us unravel the mysteries of life? Going a step further, how can having a better understanding of the brain help us to combat debilitating diseases or treat mental illnesses? On this episode of The Oxford Comment, we focused on human consciousness and how studying the neurological basis for human cognition can lead not only to better health but a better understanding of human culture, language, and society as well.We are joined today by Dr John Parrington...
Tags: Books, Featured, Neuroscience, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Mental Illness, Multimedia, Editor's Picks, Seth, Science & Medicine, The Oxford Comment, Human Brain, Audio & Podcasts, Neuroscience of Consciousness, Anil Seth, John Parrington

Sano Genetics, a startup helping with Long Covid research, raises £2.5M in seed funding

Sano Genetics, a startup with a broad mission to support personalised medicine research by increasing participation in clinical trials, has raised £2.5 million in seed funding. The round is led by Episode1 Ventures, alongside Seedcamp, Cambridge Enterprise, January Ventures, and several Europe and U S.-based angel investors. It adds to £500,000 in pre-seed funding in 2018. Sano Genetics says part of the new capital will be to fund free at-home DNA testing kits for 3,000 people affected by Long C...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Medicine, Tech, Ceo, Genetics, Multiple Sclerosis, Genomics, Parkinson's Disease, Cambridge University, Short, Genetic Testing, Seedcamp, Cambridge Enterprise

Actor David Lander, Known As Squiggy On ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ Dies At 73

Actor David Lander, famously known for his role as Squiggy on the long-running sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died from multiple sclerosis at the age of 73.
Tags: News, Multiple Sclerosis, Obituaries, Shirley, Laverne, David Lander, Laverne Shirley, Laverne and Shirley

Federation Bio Bags $50M to Engineer New Approach to Microbiome Drugs

Scientists at microbiome therapy developers often talk about the importance of community, how the bugs in our gut act in concert in addition to their individual roles. That’s important for microbiome health and for microbe-based therapies, says Emily Drabant Conley, CEO of startup Federation Bio.Conley’s company is developing therapies that build on the understanding of the microbiome community. It’s also going a step further by engineering some bacteria to take on new roles fighting disease. T...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Cancer, Trends, Investing, Multiple Sclerosis, Biotech, Horizon Ventures, Stanford University, Venrock, Life Sciences, Altitude, South San Francisco, Seventure Partners, National blog main, Boston blog main

MS treatment a step closer after drug shown to repair nerve coating

Side-effects of bexarotene rule out use, but trial suggests other drugs may halt multiple sclerosisDoctors believe they are closer to a treatment for multiple sclerosis after discovering a drug that repairs the coatings around nerves that are damaged by the disease.A clinical trial of the cancer drug bexarotene showed that it repaired the protective myelin sheaths that MS destroys. The loss of myelin causes a range of neurological problems including balance, vision and muscle disorders, and ulti...
Tags: Health, Science, Multiple Sclerosis, Medical Research

Shady Stem Cell Therapies Can Cause Tumors, Infections, and Death, Doctors Report

A team of neurologists are raising a red flag over risky and unproven stem cell therapies. Their new study suggests that their fellow doctors are frequently asked about these controversial procedures by desperate patients. Many doctors are also seeing patients with serious complications from stem cell therapy,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Neuroscience, Multiple Sclerosis, Stem Cells, Stem Cell Therapy

Bristol Myers Pays Dragonfly $55M to Bring NK Cells to Neuro Diseases

Bristol Myers Squibb likes what it sees from the immune cell research of Dragonfly Therapeutics so far—enough to pay $55 million to add multiple sclerosis and neuroinflammation to their ongoing partnership.The alliance came to New York-based Bristol (NYSE: BMY) via its acquisition of Celgene last year. The original 2017 deal covered the development of up to four blood cancer drugs. The partnership expanded the following year to cover four more drug targets. As of last November, Celgene had opte...
Tags: Deals, Startups, New York, Boston, Cancer, Trends, Merck, Multiple Sclerosis, Infectious Disease, Immunotherapy, Abbvie, Biotech, Life Sciences, Autoimmune Diseases, Celgene, Waltham

Bio Roundup: Race and Pharma, ASCO Recap, Warp Speed Ahead & More

Race is not a topic that often comes up in pharmaceutical discussions but perhaps it should. Disease doesn’t discriminate by race, but health and economic disparities put some groups at higher risk than others. And yet clinical trials fail to reflect the broad spectrum of patients that drug makers aim to treat.Racial disparities are evident in the COVID-19 pandemic, which is hitting the African American community hardest. Inequality has been thrust front and center following the death of George...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Cancer, Trends, Investing, Merck, Prostate Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's Disease, National, Epilepsy, Pfizer, Vaccine, Abbvie, Biotech, Novo Nordisk

Husband builds 'accessible' Nintendo Switch battle station for wife with aggressive MS

All for the love of Animal Crossing in the coronavirus pandemic. “My (relatively) young wife is in a nursing home with very aggressive [multiple sclerosis], writes her husband, IMGURian @KWIP. “She LOVED the previous Animal Crossing games, but it broke her heart she was no longer able to work the controls of a gaming system because of her MS.” So he built an accessible rig for her to use in the nursing home. All the feels. The setup was inspired by "My Mate Vince's" post on YouTube: https:/...
Tags: Post, Games, News, Diy, Video Games, Ms, Accessibility, Multiple Sclerosis, Disability, Nintendo, Craft, Videogames, Vince, Gord, Animal Crossing, Nintendo Switch

Bio Roundup: Clinical Trials Paused, New MS Drug, Kallyope’s Cash & More

Finding and enrolling patients for clinical trials is always challenging. The coronavirus pandemic has made it nearly impossible.Fallout from the spread of COVID-19 infections led several companies to declare this week that they would stop enrolling patients in clinical trials or postpone studies that have not yet started. Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY) said that many healthcare systems are devoting their resources to treating COVID-19 patients, which makes it difficult for these sites to also start new...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Ipo, Trends, Investing, It, Software, Insomnia, Multiple Sclerosis, Astrazeneca, Fda, National, Type 2 Diabetes, Epilepsy, Pfizer, Parkinson's Disease

On Recklessness and the Coronavirus

What it’s like to be immunocompromised during a pandemic.
Tags: News, Multiple Sclerosis, Anxiety and Stress, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

I was elected then diagnosed with MS. My disease has taught me about representation | Golriz Ghahraman

I am speaking out about my diagnosis because all people deserve to see themselves in our parliamentIn politics, as in any field, we bring the whole of ourselves to our work. My first term will always be a little defined by my health: 2018 was the year I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).That isn’t something I have spoken about publicly before now, because, as most people with chronic illness or disability, I didn’t want it to define me, define my work or what people expected of me. Cont...
Tags: Society, World news, Multiple Sclerosis, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Golriz Ghahraman

Verana Health aims to organize and analyze doctors’ clinical data sets, whether patients like it or not

If the two-year old healthcare startup Verana Health has its way it could become the Google for physician generated healthcare data. The company has raised $100 million from GV (one of the corporate investment arms of Alphabet, the parent company of Google), Bain Capital Ventures, Casdin Capital and Define Ventures and counts the famous life sciences investor, Brook Byers, as the chairman of the company’s board. The company offers products like Verana Practice Insights, which provides aggrega...
Tags: Health, Google, TC, Technology, San Francisco, Chief executive officer, Tech, Getty Images, Multiple Sclerosis, United States, Disease, Machine Learning, Medicare, Epilepsy, Medicaid, Chairman

Quench Bio Springs From Atlas With $50M for a New Take on Inflammation

Cells die all the time in a controlled manner that’s perfectly normal. But the way cells die matters. Sometimes cell death is violent, sparking inflammation believed to contribute to disease.Quench Bio aims to develop drugs that stop the uncontrolled forms of programmed cell death, potentially halting inflammatory disease. The Cambridge, MA-based startup has come out of stealth with $50 million in Series A financing intended to produce a drug candidate ready for tests in humans in about three y...
Tags: Deals, Boston, Trends, Startup, Investing, Multiple Sclerosis, Venture Capital, Cambridge, Abbvie, Biotech, Life Sciences, Autoimmune Diseases, Clinical Trials, Lupus, Max Planck Society, Atlas Venture

Medical News Today: Study shows the progression of multiple sclerosis can be slowed

New research in mice finds that blocking a key molecule can slow the progression of multiple sclerosis. The findings pave the way for new treatments.
Tags: Multiple Sclerosis

Medical cannabis trial will target 20,000 UK patients

Project backed by Royal College of Psychiatrists aims to be largest on drug’s use in Europe• Medical cannabis: Why are doctors still not prescribing it?Up to 20,000 patients in the UK are to be given medical cannabis over a two-year period in an initiative that aims to create the largest body of evidence on the drug in Europe.The move, to be unveiled on Thursday, is backed by one of the UK’s leading medical bodies and it is hoped it will persuade the NHS to prescribe the drug for a range of cond...
Tags: UK News, Psychiatry, Anxiety, Cannabis, Multiple Sclerosis, NHS, Epilepsy, Post-traumatic stress disorder

Biogen’s Ehlers Leaving for Apple Tree, Steps Into Limelight as CEO

Michael Ehlers, Biogen’s executive vice president of research and development, is leaving for a job in venture capital and an opportunity to lead a gene therapy startup.Ehlers has been appointed chief scientific officer and venture partner of New York-based Apple Tree Partners. He’ll also become CEO of one of the firm’s portfolio companies, Limelight Bio. Founded in 2016 based on research from the University of Pennsylvania, Limelight is developing gene therapies for inherited diseases that can...
Tags: Apple, Startups, New York, Trends, Investing, Vc, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's Disease, Venture Capital, University of Pennsylvania, Biotech, Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, RBC Capital Markets, Biogen, Ehlers

What to know about MS fatigue

Fatigue is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS) that can affect a person’s quality of life. Learn more about the causes of MS fatigue and possible treatments here.
Tags: Multiple Sclerosis

Diagnosis: His Symptoms Pointed to M.S. Then He Had a Strange Personality Shift.

The M.R.I. indicated one thing. Eventually a doctor found another problem entirely.
Tags: News, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Cadasil Syndrome

Bio Roundup: Biogen’s Strategy, Drug Price Convo, NASH News & More

The road to every new drug approval is littered with the remains of earlier failures. Biopharmaceutical companies don’t like to talk about the failures. But it’s earnings season now, so some of them don’t have much choice.Biogen’s (NASDAQ: BIIB) earnings call this week was the first since and eviscerated the company’s shares. CEO Michel Vounatsos acknowledged the drug didn’t work. But he also pointed to moves the company has made to shore up its multiple sclerosis franchise and add drug candid...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Cancer, Trends, Merck, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's Disease, Affordable Care Act, Medicare, National, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Immunotherapy, Abbvie, Biotech, Antibiotics

As researchers pursue links between bacteria and human health, startups stand to benefit

In 2009, the National Institutes of Health launched a five-year, $150 million project to stimulate research into a new field of medicine examining the connections between the millions of bacteria living in the human gut and overall human health. Spurred by the advancements in genetics from a decade earlier, this new field of research would map not just the human genome, but the genetic sequences of the microbes living in the body to ascertain their function and the role they played in ensuring t...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Messenger, Y Combinator, Biology, Breast Cancer, Obesity, Entrepreneur, Tech, Bacteria, Insomnia, Depression, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Microbiology

Bio Roundup: Golumbeski’s Legacy, CRISPR Moratorium, Rebate Week & More

While all eyes in the biopharmaceutical world are currently trained on Bristol-Myers Squibb’s proposal to buy Celgene for $74 billion, it wasn’t that long ago that another company’s gaze was fixed on the Summit, NJ, drug maker.In the early 2000s, before the FDA approved Celgene’s flagship multiple myeloma drug lenalidomide (Revlimid), Novartis (NYSE: NVS considered buying the company. It passed, unwilling to risk billions on an unapproved drug. Those details came from biopharma dealmaker George...
Tags: Deals, Startups, China, Ipo, Cancer, Trends, Investing, Merck, Colorectal Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Harvard University, Health Insurance, Astrazeneca, Center For Medicare And Medicaid Services, Fda, National

Selma Blair Shares Her M.S. Story, and Many Hear Their Own

The actress announced in October that she had multiple sclerosis. She made a public appearance on Sunday, patent-leather cane in hand.
Tags: News, Multiple Sclerosis, Selma, Blair, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Nerves and Nervous System

OCD and Multiple Sclerosis

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a complicated illness, and the cause, or causes, remain unknown. Research has shown that OCD is seen more frequently than usual in those with various physical disorders, such as muscular dystrophy. An October 2018 study published in Frontiers in Immunology highlights a connection between OCD and another disease — multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating autoimmune disorder, where the body’s immune system goes haywire and attac...
Tags: Psychology, Research, Multiple Sclerosis, OCD, Obsessions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Health-related, Compulsions, Kant, Avadhesha Surolia