Multiple Sclerosis

Should MS drugs cost more than $40,000 a year?

I have been treating people with multiple sclerosis, or MS, for 30 years. While some people with MS have a very mild case — we call that “benign” MS — most do not.  Typically, people develop the illness as young adults and have to contend with the illness for decades. Untreated, over time, most people with MS become permanently disabled. Many lose the ability to walk, become too disabled to work, have thinking problems and … Read More

A Healthy Body Makes for a Healthy Brain

It’s 1960. “Eat your vegetables. Don’t you want to grow up strong and smart?” The boy’s mom dished out this unassailable logic at the dinner table along with the lima beans. What boy wouldn’t want to grow up “strong” and “smart?” And eating the dreaded lima beans surely must be good for you … why else would someone eat them?  But the boy became a young man and forgot his Mom’s dinner table wisdom. Fast … Read More

How scientists collaborate, and how that can lead to cures

Report from Milan, Italy, Feb. 8, 2013: I am sitting in an auditorium in Milan, Italy, with about 100 other neurologists and scientists. This is the second day that I have sat here. We have come from many countries — including Germany, France, Austria, England, Scotland, Canada, Australia, Italy and the United States — for the First Scientific Conference of the International Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Collaborative. This meeting illustrates how scientists from around the world … Read More

Prescription-itis: When are too many drugs too many?

I’m a neurologist and I specialize in working with people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Since I am not a surgeon, I am well trained in the use of medications to treat people. Because MS can cause many different symptoms, we often use medications to try to alleviate these symptoms. As a consequence, it’s not unusual for me to see people with MS who are taking a half dozen or more medications to treat various symptoms.  … Read More

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