Monday, September 01, 2014

Lisa Emrich's Posts

Hot Topics and MS Research News for August 2014

Decreased sense of smell can be associated with greater disability in MS. Change in the ability to smell (i.e. olfactory function) is a less common symptom of MS.  It is one that has been detected in all forms of MS, but may be more common in primary progression MS according to Schmidt et al. (2012) who found olfactory dysfunction in... Read moreChevron

11th MS Disease-Modifying Drug Approved in the US

Late Friday afternoon, August 15, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave Biogen’s PlegridyTM (peginterferon beta-1a) a green light (i.e., approval) for use in relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. This new drug, basically an improvement on two longtime gold standard medications, Avonex and Rebif, is a longer-acting formulation of... Read moreChevron

Researchers Recruiting for MS Study: Physical Activity in Persons with MS

Have you ever participated in a research study related to multiple sclerosis?  I have as a member of for which I complete periodic surveys related to my disease and treatment.  On occasion I’ve completed other surveys online for various small projects. But this week I’m doing something a little different. ... Read moreChevron

Hot Topics and MS Research News for July 2014

TMJ is More Prevalent in MS Patients with Mild or Moderate Disability Approximately 33-86% of the world population exhibit signs and symptoms of tempororomandibular disorders (TMD), a group of conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), jaw muscles, and nerves on the side(s) of the head.  TMD can cause pain in the jaw, face, head... Read moreChevron

Exercise, Education, or Medication: Which is Better for Fighting MS-Related Fatigue?

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) affecting up to 90% of people with MS.  Fatigue has the power to negatively impact any aspect of a person’s life.  The type of fatigue which people with MS experience is often described as a feeling of extreme mental or physical exhaustion.  It can interfere... Read moreChevron