Rutgers Health treats children with multiple sclerosis at the dedicated pediatric MS program

Alexander Wallerson was 12 years old when he saw a popular movie with his mother. Now 26, he remembers that specific day vividly. It was the first time he experienced the signs of multiple sclerosis (MS).”I walked like I was drunk,” says Wallerson, who lives in New Brunswick. “I was limping but not in pain.”

His mother, a nurse, was concerned and brought him to their family doctor. Imaging tests revealed that Wallerson had relapsing-remitting MS.

It’s estimated that more than 8,000 American children are currently fighting MS. The most common presentations of the disease include visual impairment, transverse myelitis, arm-leg weakness, sensory disturbances, inflammation of the spinal cord, or balance problems. And like most diseases, early intervention offers the greatest hope of mitigating patients’ symptoms.

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If you’ve got MS, exercise means much more than moving

For people with multiple sclerosis, the meaning of exercise stretches way beyond health and keeping fit, shows new research revealing what life’s really like with the condition.

From a way to cope and a road to freedom, through to sparking a sense of loss, for people with MS the idea of exercise and physical activity is shown to signify several things.

Two and a half million people worldwide have the condition, which damages nerves in the brain and spinal cord. And exercise and physical activity are shown to ease symptoms.

Researchers at Brunel University London carried out in-depth interviews with people with MS to find out how they really think and feel about exercise and physical activity.

Full story at Medical Xpress


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Pain in multiple sclerosis (MS) is a very common symptom.  The goals of this CEU course is to examine the occurrence of pain in MS patients, to identify the pain conditions and the relationship to important demographic variables, and to determine its impact on quality of life.  Also discussed in this course is the occurrence of central pain (CP) and its characteristics.


Dance participation, through its athletic nature can introduce risk of injury, but unlike sports, is not always recognized that specialist medicinal provision will assist in the mitigation of that risk.  This CEU course examines the extent of injury in dance participation and the impact that specialist dance medicine provision has on overall dance injury incidence, determines the effects of a ballet class on the levels of inflammation markers, and reviews the development and evaluation of a dancer wellness program.

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Exercise is safe for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and is necessary to combat the secondary deconditioning resulting from MS-related weakness and fatigue.  The goals of this CEU course include reviewing the importance of physical fitness in persons with MS, examining if self-efficacy and physical activity have relationships with quality of life (QOL) in individuals with MS, investigating the perception of barriers and facilitators to exercise for those with MS, and comparing the effects of Pilaties, static stretching, and elastic bands resistance training.


Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.  Problems during the childhood and adolescence phases of the human development, during which the adult bone mass density is determined, could compromise bone health in adulthood.  The goal of this CEU course is to analyze the relationship between abdominal adipose tissue and bone mineral density (BMD) in obese children and adolescents.

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Music Therapy for MS: How Rhythm Can Help With Movement and Memory

Have you found yourself clumsier or less coordinated since you developed multiple sclerosis (MS)? Is your walking affected?

One approach that may give you your rhythm back is music therapy — a type of therapy that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, or social needs of individuals.

How can music help with MS? Barbara Seebacher, PhD, a physiotherapist based in Innsbruck, Austria, explains:

“There are three different brain centers responsible for the timing of movement: the motor cortex, the basal ganglia, and the cerebellum. One or another of these can be damaged by stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple sclerosis.”

Full story at Everyday Health

NIH: Treatment Using Patients’ Own Stem Cells Shows Promise for Knocking MS Into Remission

Through a process that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) likens to a “resetting” of the immune system, some individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) are experiencing long-term remission of the disease symptoms with no additional brain lesions. The technique, which depletes a patient’s immune system before rebuilding it through transplants of the individual’s own stem cells, has proven effective at keeping nearly 70% of participants with MS symptom-free for 5 years—all without the use of any additional medications.

The treatment, known as high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HDIT/HCT), was applied to 24 participants with relapsing-remitting MS, the most common form of the disease. The patients ranged in age from 26 to 52 years, and all were experiencing active inflammation, severe relapses, and worsening disability despite taking medications.

Full story of stem cell treatment for knocking MS into remission at APTA

Move Forward Radio: Country Music’s Clay Walker Discusses Living With MS

It was just over 20 years ago, and multiplatinum country music star Clay Walker was riding high, on tour with his band, when he experienced a set of symptoms—poor balance, double vision, and what he calls “lazy legs”—that seemed almost funny at first; just some weird, passing thing. On the morning of the last show of his tour, Walker woke up expecting the joke to be over, the symptoms gone. They weren’t.

“That was a scary moment,” Walker said. “But that was when I knew that I should probably get to a doctor.”

It didn’t take long for Walker to learn that he had multiple sclerosis (MS). His first 2 doctors told him that would be in a wheelchair in 4 years, and likely dead in 8. But here it is, 2 decades later, and Walker is still on his feet, still touring, and still living life to the fullest—thanks, he says, to his faith, an excellent physician, appropriate medications, and a mobility “protocol” he learned from his physical therapist (PT).

Full story of Clay Walker’s life with MS at APTA

Stem Cells Restore Movement to Mice With MS-Like Symptoms

Although far too early to know if the treatment will be effective on humans, researchers have been able to restore movement to mice disabled by a multiple sclerosis (MS)-like condition by using human stem cell transplants. The recovery was quick, long-lasting, and present even though the stem cells themselves had been rejected by the mice.

According to the study’s authors, mice disabled by a virus that mimics MS began walking 10 to 14 days after receiving spinal injections of human neural stem cells, and continued to walk and engage in other movements after 6 months.

Full story of stem cell restoration at APTA