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Selma Blair Talks About Relief of Her MS Diagnosis

'There's no tragedy for me,' says the 46-year-old

(Newser) - Actress Selma Blair drew attention on the Oscars red carpet for an unusual reason: The 46-year-old was using a cane. Blair revealed last year that she had multiple sclerosis, and in an interview with Good Morning America , she talks about her current struggles and the sense of relief she felt... More »

Selma Blair Makes Emotional Reveal on Personal Health

The actress says she's been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

(Newser) - Selma Blair has publicly revealed a medical drama that's been playing out in her personal life. In an emotional Instagram post, the Legally Blonde actress wrote that she was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And... More »

She Set a Burpee World Record, but Her Form Is Bugging People

Elizabeth Llorente says she adhered to Guinness' definition

(Newser) - If you dread doing burpees, this stat might make you blanch: A Melbourne, Australia, woman set a world record last weekend for the most burpees done in 60 minutes by a female at 1,490, topping the previous record of 1,321. Except the internet is freaking out a bit... More »

Link Between Breastfeeding, Lower Risk of This Disease

How long a woman nurses appears to impact her risk in developing multiple sclerosis

(Newser) - Women are most likely to develop multiple sclerosis during their childbearing years—after they hit puberty and before menopause. And recent studies show that oral contraceptive use and levels of sex hormones impact a woman's risk, while women who already have the chronic autoimmune disease are less likely to... More »

Groundbreaking Multiple Sclerosis Drug Cleared by FDA

Ocrevus will be the first drug available to treat the more severe form of MS

(Newser) - A new drug that treats both the severe and the more common forms of multiple sclerosis in adult patients was approved by the FDA on Tuesday. Reuters and the AP report that after a three-month delay due to manufacturing concerns, Ocrevus will become accessible in the United States in two... More »

Strong Chemo Plus Stem Cell Transplant May Halt MS

Study used extremely small sample size, but results are encouraging

(Newser) - The sample size was quite small, but research on patients with multiple sclerosis shows promising results on stopping the progression of the incurable disease that causes the immune system to attack the coating around nerve fibers (and the fibers themselves) in the brain and spinal cord, the BBC reports. Per... More »

Using Chemo to Treat MS Shows 'Remarkable' Promise

It's part of treatment that essentially resets a person's immune system

(Newser) - Chemotherapy is well-known as a cancer treatment, but it could also be a big part of the cure for many with multiple sclerosis, the Guardian reports. Over the past few years, about 20 MS patients in the US, England, Brazil, and Sweden have been given a new treatment—known as... More »

Jamie-Lynn Sigler: I've Had MS Since the Sopranos

Actress reveals 14-year struggle to 'People'

(Newser) - Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been battling multiple sclerosis since her days on The Sopranos, the actress reveals to People . Sigler, now 34, was diagnosed at 20 years old, but she says she "wasn't ready until now" to speak publicly about the illness. She just married pro baseball player Cutter... More »

Coffee Habit Wards Off Yet Another Illness

Caffeine may protect you from multiple sclerosis, researchers say

(Newser) - Rejoice yet again , coffee lovers: A new study says that four or more cups a day may reduce your chance of getting multiple sclerosis, LiveScience reports. An international group of researchers looked at two datasets—one Swedish and one American—and found that people who didn't drink coffee were... More »

Discovered: How Oscar Wilde's Wife Died

Constance Wilde's early passing may have been tied to misguided surgery

(Newser) - The cause of Constance Wilde's death at age 40 has long been a mystery, but now, 116 years later, it appears to have been solved. Family letters unveiled by Oscar Wilde's grandson suggest that the writer's wife died within days of a gynecological operation gone wrong, the... More »

Romneys Opening Center to Fight Brain Disease

Will focus on Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and other ailments with no cure

(Newser) - Their legacy already established in politics, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, are working to leave a lasting mark on neuroscience. Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital today will announce the launch of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, a venture funded by the Romneys and their expansive... More »

Girl With MS Among Fastest Young Runners in US

Kayla Montgomery may actually be helped by the disease

(Newser) - Kayla Montgomery is an 18-year-old distance runner who won the North Carolina state title last month and whose time (10 minutes, 43 seconds to run the 3,200 meters) ranks her among the nation's elite in her age group. The reason she is featured in the New York Times... More »

Food Poisoning May Trigger Multiple Sclerosis

Study suggests that a toxin plays a role

(Newser) - Scientists still don't know what causes multiple sclerosis, but new research suggests that a particular strain of food poisoning may play a role, reports the BBC . The food bacterium in question is called Clostridium perfringens, which NBC News notes is responsible for millions of cases of foodborne illnesses per... More »

Man With MS Makes Record Everest Leap

Frenchman skydived over highest mountain

(Newser) - A Frenchman with multiple sclerosis says he is exhausted, bruised, but very happy after becoming the first disabled man to skydive over Mount Everest. Marc Kopp, 55, swapped his wheelchair for a horse for the long journey to a Himalayan airstrip before jumping out of a helicopter at 38,000... More »

Sofa-Treating Chemical Reborn as Major MS Drug

Analyst predicts $1.7B in Tecfidera sales by 2015

(Newser) - As a sofa-treating agent, dimethyl fumarate gave people blisters and rashes, but now it's getting a second chance—as a much ballyhooed multiple sclerosis drug called Tecfidera, whose sales could be enormous. Among doctors, there's "a strong consensus that Tecfidera offers a more favorable clinical profile than... More »

Paralyzed Woman in Ireland Loses Right-to-Die Case

Marie Fleming, 59, asked court to bend on assisted suicide

(Newser) - A 59-year-old woman in Ireland paralyzed with severe multiple sclerosis has lost her court fight against the nation's ban on assisted suicide, reports the Irish Times . Marie Fleming sought permission to end her life with the help of her partner of 18 years, but Dublin's High Court rejected... More »

Simple Eye Scan Tracks Progress of MS

New tool could aid creation of new therapies

(Newser) - A quick and simple new test can help monitor how fast multiple sclerosis is progressing in patients, researchers say. The eye scan measures the thickness of the retina, which has been linked to the progress of the nervous system disease, reports the BBC . The course of MS can be unpredictable... More »

FDA Hastily OKing Risky Drugs

...warn experts. But the public may be OK with that

(Newser) - The FDA's commissioner has been touting the agency's speedy approval of new medicines—but it has brought risky drugs to market, according to two drug-safety experts. Specifically, Thomas J. Moore and Curt D. Furberg found problems with cancer drug Caprelsa, multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya, and stroke prevention drug... More »

Discrimination Agency Accused of Discrimination

Former EEOC employee with disabilities is suing

(Newser) - You'd think that if you worked for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, you wouldn't need to worry about discrimination in the workplace. But a revived lawsuit claims that the organization, which enforces federal employment discrimination laws, violated the Rehabilitation Act in its treatment of Mary Bullock, a former... More »

13 Celebrities Affected by MS

Jack Osbourne isn't the only famous person touched by multiple sclerosis

(Newser) - Jack Osbourne is "great, he's doing really, really good" since announcing his multiple sclerosis diagnosis , a crying Sharon Osbourne said yesterday on The Talk . "I want to thank everyone for all their texts and goodwill and love they send to us," she added. "It's... More »

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