Multiple Sclerosis

Focus on nursing: Building relationships with the MS patient

Focus on nursing: Building relationships with the MS patient

Because of its chronic nature, MS patients sometimes need access to healthcare professionals beyond regular appointments. Those with mobility and disability issues may also find it challenging to get to their physician's office. MS One to One provides support to registered program members living with MS and their care partners.

MS patients less tense and pessimistic in nursing homes than at home, study finds

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Nursing home residents with severe multiple sclerosis report being less tense and pessimistic than similar individuals receiving care at home, according to recently published research findings.

Residents' artwork goes viral

Residents' artwork goes viral

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Smile. That's the title of Mae Cleveland's colorful painting that won Best Overall Artwork in Signature HealthCARE's recent "Reflect N Us" competition.

MS drug Tecfidera approved, awaited

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The approval of Biogen Idec's MS therapy Tecfidera follows months of breathless Wall Street hype, and it looks like doctors are psyched for the drug, too. In a MedLIVE PULSE survey conducted by WorldOne Interactive, 40% of U.S neurologists polled said they're currently warehousing patients in anticipation of the new multiple sclerosis drug.

A study that may never be done — but should

A study that may never be done — but should

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Government agencies and lobbyists are famous for conducting studies that prove a point — theirs, namely. That's why I'll be very interested to see who will have the courage to conduct one of the most important long-term care-related studies that should be completed over the coming year.

Vitamin D for dummies

Vitamin D for dummies

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It's not a secret that employees who work in healthcare, whether they are medical journalists or nurses, don't always earn gold stars when it comes to managing their own health. Witness the nurses clustering in a "butt hut" outside a facility, an administrator taking a cavalier approach to his or her diet, or saleswomen wearing sole-killing heels at a conference.

When 'Mary Jane' is helpful — but it's not the name of your nurse

When 'Mary Jane' is helpful — but it's not the name of your nurse

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A recent randomized trial showed that marijuana extract pills may help some patients with multiple sclerosis. Apparently, body pain, spasms, and other outcomes responded positively to the cannabis pills. However, there were associated side effects.

Administration proposal would ease Medicare coverage for SNF stays

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Federal health officials have agreed to changes in Medicare coverage rules that would make it easier for beneficiaries with chronic conditions to qualify for nursing home stays, outpatient therapy and home healthcare services, according to reports.

Botox gets FDA approval for treatment of urinary incontinence

Botox (botulinum toxin type A) can be injected for certain types of urinary incontinence, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

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