Weekend Update, June 16th, 2013- A summary of some of the multiple sclerosis related news and stories released over the past week.
Researchers at Purdue are using toxicity test, which was initially used for smokers, to detect the presence of the toxin acrolein in people with multiple sclerosis. This may lead to new treatment options for symptoms. You can read more by clicking the heading above.
Study: Hemp Seed Oil Associated With Improved Clinical And Immunological Improvements in MS Patients
From an article in the Daily Chronic:
Researchers at the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran assessed the impact of hemp seed oil, evening primrose oils, and a restricted diet in 23 patients diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS. They reported that participants at the study’s completion “were healthier in comparison to baseline” and that “clinical and immunological parameters showed improvement in the patients after the intervention.”
I wrote about the potential benefit of marijuana the other day. While my preferred methods of symptom management remain diet and exercise, this may be of interest to some of you. You can read more by clicking the heading above.
This new treatment was widely reported on last week. If you want to read more or you missed it, click the heading above.
Another article on this possible treatment can be found here.
In the MS community we were already blessed this spring with the story of fellow MSer Josh Harding starting in goal for the Minnesota Wild during the National Hockey League playoffs.
This week came the story of Courtney Taylor playing slotback for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. For those who are unfamiliar, the Canadian Football League (CFL) is the professional football league for American style football in Canada (though the rules and field size are different).
Taylor, who was a Seattle Seahawk (NFL) draft pick and a ‘standout’ at Auburn in the NCAA, is quoted in the article as stating:
Whether it’s a handicap reason, where they can go play in Special Olympics, whether it’s MS or cancer, if you put your mind to it and stay healthy, anything can happen.
As a big believer in the role that exercise and a positive attitude can have on MS, it is great to read about Courtney Taylor. If you have RRMS and you are doubting starting an exercise program, just look to stories offered by people like Courtney Taylor and Josh Harding for inspiration.
You can read more by clicking the heading above.
Until next time,