3rd Oral Drug to Treat MS Is Approved by the F.D.A.
By Andrew Pollack - NY Times

A chemical once used to treat sofas — until it was found to cause rashes and blisters in people who sat on them — is now poised to become a major therapy for multiple sclerosis.

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the chemical, dimethyl fumarate, which will be sold by Biogen Idec under the name Tecfidera, the third of a spate of oral drugs that are transforming the treatment of multiple sclerosis. [More]

Request for Participants
To:         Members of the MS/Cancer Support Group or any interested person dually diagnosed with MS and cancer

 From:    Margaret Barney, Director, MSplus Foundation

 Re:         Information gathering for analysis of medical records of persons dually diagnosed with MS and cancer

This year, we are dedicated to assemble medical information from those of you who participate in our monthly conference call.  The purpose is to compare our medical histories and to make any observations that might surface.  As far as we know, a study like this has never been attempted. [More]

NARCOMS Patient Registry helps research, patients

On the February MS/Cancer support group conference call, participants learned about the North American Research Committee On Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS) Project, what services it provides and the need for MS patients to participate.  This self-help support group is sponsored by the National MS Society and the American Cancer Society.


Dr. Tuula Tyry, NARCOMS program manager, said the organization's main purpose is to expedite multi-center research on multiple sclerosis. [More]

  Resource Spotlight
Flying Wheels Travel
Flying Wheels Travel provides people with physical disabilities, chronic illness or difficulty walking the opportunity to extend their lifestyle with unique travel and recreation destinations while empowering individuals and their family members to explore the world.

MSHelp.org Donor Closet
A Wonderful Resource!
The purpose of the "DONOR CLOSET" is to recycle used DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT (DME) & MOBILITY EQUIPMENT from people who no longer need or use the item. Many have up-graded, moved on to a more useable item, or otherwise no longer require the item. They donate the item to a person who needs it and has no financial means of purchasing it, or has been denied by an insurance company or government agency. [More]

MS Learn Online
Providing quality information and convenient access

Since its first broadcast in 1999, MS Learn Online, the National MS Society's Internet program, has been a successful way to educate about multiple sclerosis. View pre-recorded webcasts to learn more about MS from the convenience of your own home. Programs cover a wide variety of topics such as information for people newly diagnosed, MS basic facts, symptom management, employment, intimacy, care-partners, and progressive MS.

Each program may include:

  • Audio broadcast
  • Slide presentation
  • Program transcript (PDF format)
  • Technical support instructions
  • Survey
  • Additional resources
New MS Learn Online webcasts are also available as podcasts. [More]


Barrier Free Travel
A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers

This useful resource contains detailed information about the logistics of planning accessible travel by plane, train, bus and ship.

The ACAA and Air Travel
Protecting Your Wheelchair
Traveling With Oxygen
How To Advocate For Yourself
Finding A Travel Agent - Do You Even Need One?
Accessible Ground Transportation Tips
Accessible Recreation Options
Budget Travel
Finding An Accessible Room

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Improve inflammation through diet

Dr. Merry Harris, a chiropractic neurologist in Seattle, addressed the MS/Cancer support group members about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and brain balance to help with multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms. Dr. Harris has been in private practice since 1995 and focuses on neurological issues.

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Let’s get physical

Exercise is important for everyone’s health, including those with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and cancer.

Jason Geroianni is a neuro-fitness specialist and executive director of Pressing On, which is a non-profit gym in San Antonio, Texas, that offers specialized exercise-based training program for those with paralysis due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, MS, stroke and other physical disabilities.

Geroianni said, “It always is important to stay active. We recommend that people with MS and cancer exercise or be active 30 to 60 minutes a day, five days a week.”

People who exercise regularly may notice several benefits including improved strength, possible diminished fatigue and depression, help with sleep problems and keeping mentally sharp.

However, MS patients need to be careful during exercise. [More]

MS/Cancer Support Group explores benefits of massage therapy

“Being on a massage table is a wonderful place to be for a person with Multiple Sclerosis (MS),” said Denali Walden, a massage therapist in Olympia, WA.

And Walden knows what she is talking about. She graduated from massage therapy school with an emphasis on medical and injury treatment techniques. She has continued her education in modalities related to MS and volunteered for four years in a program that provided massages to cancer patients and their caregivers.

Walden spoke to the MS/cancer conference call in February about massage therapy for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). [More]

Affordable Care Act benefits MS patients
Director of Advocacy at the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Jim Freeburg is educating people about the many advantages of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including people who have MS.


During the MC/Cancer telephone support group meeting on September 25th Freeburg said, “The existing health care industry in this country is badly broken for people with chronic diseases, is not available for everyone and is not coordinated. Those are some of the many reasons why the reformed health care law was enacted in 2010.”


Universal coverage is important because everyone becomes ill at some point. When someone doesn’t have health care coverage, everyone else has to pay for his or her care through higher premiums.


Individual Mandate

The ACA requires everyone to have health care insurance, called the Individual Mandate. If you are insured through your job, Medicaid or Medicare, you are not required to make a change. If you are uninsured, you must purchase insurance for yourself or pay a tax. [More]

Small Trial Shows Estriol, A Pregnancy Hormone,
Reduces MS Lesion Activity In Women With MS

Summary: In a small-scale, early-phase trial of the hormone estriol, a form of estrogen, women with relapsing-remitting MS showed decreases in MRI-detected brain lesion activity and immune responses during treatment, suggesting that additional study of estriol is called for to determine longer-term efficacy and safety.

  • Women who have MS and are pregnant often experience fewer MS symptoms and relapses, especially during the second and third trimester. Because the hormone estriol is elevated during later stages of pregnancy, and mice given pregnancy levels of estriol were shown to have fewer symptoms of an MS-like disease, the hormone was considered as a candidate for testing against MS.
  • Estriol was well tolerated. Six women with relapsing-remitting MS experienced significant decreases in brain lesion numbers and volume, as well as reductions in levels of immune proteins indicative of inflammation. [More]

Nerve Conduction & Research of Dr. Stephen Waxman
by Diane O’Connell, InsideMS
Winner of the prestigious 2002 John Dystel Prize for MS Research unravels basic nerve functions to set the stage for nerve repair. Click here to read the article.

CDC provides info about MS and Cancer risk
Dr. Matthew M. Zack of the Division of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided extensive references from MEDLINE that show studies of the risk of cancer associated with multiple sclerosis since 1966. [More]


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