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Biotin for Progressive MS: Surprise from the American Academy of Neurology Meeting

June 06, 2015

Undoubtedly the most talked-about study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Washington, DC, was the study of high-dose biotin for progressive MS (PPMS or SPMS). The authors conducted a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study across 16 MS centers in France, comparing placebo with MD1003, a proprietary purified high dose biotin. 154 patients participated in this 12-month study. The primary endpoint of the study was the proportion of patients who improved at 9 months (compared to the entry at the study), with sustained improvement at 12 months. 12.6% of patients in the MD1003 arm improved, compared to 0% in the placebo arm. The treated group, as a whole, had improved disability scores compared to placebo group. MD1003 was well-tolerated.

Neuroplasticity Model of Music Therapy

June 04, 2015
Listen to this podcast about how music therapy can help stimulate alternative pathways in the brain as well as help facilitate control of movement.  The MS Center at Swedish offers group Music Therapy sessions with a licensed musical therapist. 

Study in France Shows Patients with Primary or Secondary Progressive MS Benefit from Vitamin B7

May 26, 2015
Biotin is vitamin B7. There is a group in France studying Biotin. They published a small study a few months ago, and a larger study was presented at the AAN meeting last month. The results of the study were reported to show a benefit in patients with primary or secondary progressive MS. There were 154 patient enrolled in this study, half on biotin and half on placebo. The outcome measured was the number of people who improved on their disability at 9 months and who continued to be improved at 12 months. 

Nutrient Rich Foods for Multiple Sclerosis

May 22, 2015
Many multiple sclerosis (MS) patients take supplements for their health. The natural substances that have the most evidence based medicine for health in MS are ensuring adequate levels of Vitamin D, B-12, Omega 3 fatty acids, and Calcium.

Life with multiple sclerosis for children and parents

May 20, 2015

A patient of mine said that if he did not tell his children about his MS, he would have missed 10 years of their support.

The article, Informing the Children When a Parent Is Diagnosed as Having Multiple Sclerosis, mentions chronic neurological disease in one person affects the entire family and has a significant impact on the lives of children. Typically, when a person is diagnosed with MS, information from the health care provider is disseminated to the "ill" person, who then informs the rest of the family. However, children in the family are seldom the primary recipients of information delivered by health care professionals. Unfortunately, it has been reported that children without "thorough" information about their parents' MS have lower emotional well being than those who are better educated.

Prosser Kid Refuses to Let Multiple Sclerosis Steal his Childhood

May 15, 2015
12 year old Luke Merritt deals with MS everyday but refuses to let the disease steal his childhood.

Musician David Osmond Tours the Multiple Sclerosis Center with Dr. James Bowen

May 08, 2015
Musician David Osmond, from the famous musical Osmond family, visited the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center, touring the clinic with medical director, James Bowen. Having been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 2005, Osmond was interested in learning more about comprehensive care for MS.

Country Music Artist Clay Walker Visits the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center

March 04, 2015
Country music artist, Clay Walker, visited the Swedish MS Center last Tuesday, touring the clinic with medical director, James Bowen. Having been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS 19 years ago, Clay was interested in learning more about comprehensive care for MS. After researching MS Centers around the country, Clay decided to visit a handful of centers that offer the best comprehensive programs.

Walker believes an emphasis on non-medical aspects of the disease could benefit patients. He was particularly interested in learning about the MS Center’s physical rehabilitation program and wellness offerings including, gym access with specialized equipment for MS patients, exercise training, Pilates, and Yoga. Walker was also eager to learn about the MS Center’s emotional wellness offerings including psychology, psychiatry, support groups, music and pet therapy, and the annual art show. Other areas covered during his tour were elements of community wellness including social work, voca...

HPV vaccination and risk of MS

February 25, 2015
As long as the cause of multiple sclerosis (MS) remains unknown, it will be tempting – for patients and doctors alike – to search for an explanation among events that occurred before the diagnosis. This approach, known from antiquity as post hoc, ergo propter hoc (after the fact, therefore because of the fact), though sometimes successful, can also be misleading. History of science in general, and multiple sclerosis in particular, is rife with such fallacies. It is important to remember then, that this approach is best thought of as “brainstorming”, generating potential leads, but (almost) never the definitive proof.

Sensory integration balance training in patients with multiple sclerosis

February 21, 2015

There is increasing evidence that impairment of the sensory system in multiple sclerosis contributes to balance and gait disorders. The majority of the disruption of sensation comes from spinal cord lesions. MS spinal lesions have a propensity to affect the posterior portion of the spinal cord. This involves the Posterior column-medial lemniscus pathway (PCML) (also known as the dorsal column-medial lemniscus pathway) that conveys localized sensations of fine touch, vibration, two-point discrimination, and proprioception (position sense) from the skin and joints. It transmits information from the body to the postcentral gyrus of the cerebral cortex (brain).

A recent research article, “Sensory integration balance training in patients with multiple sclerosis: A randomized, controlled trial”, highlights that rehabilitation targeted to this issue may help: