Neuroscience

What happens when women stop MS treatment during pregnancy?

Two new studies look at the effects of stopping the newer, stronger drug natalizumab for multiple sclerosis (MS) during pregnancy. Natalizumab is generally prescribed for people with MS who have not responded to or cannot ...

Neuroscience

Rituximab tops other disease-modifying tx options in MS

(HealthDay)—Rituximab has better efficacy and lower discontinuation rates than other disease-modifying treatment (DMT) choices for newly diagnosed relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), according to a study published ...

Neuroscience

MS drug tied to rising JC virus antibody levels

People who take the drug natalizumab for multiple sclerosis may have up to a 10 times greater risk of developing a risk biomarker for activity of a virus that can lead to an often fatal brain disease, according to a study ...

Medications

FDA investigating PML in patient taking MS drug

(HealthDay)—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the possible association between a rare brain infection and the multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Gilenya (fingolimod), according to a drug safety alert issued ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Early detection of MS treatment complication may improve survival

The drug natalizumab is effective for treating multiple sclerosis (MS), but it increases the risk of a rare but potentially fatal brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). A study released today ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Leukoencephalopathy risk factors ID'd for MS drug

(HealthDay) -- Drug company researchers say they've determined which multiple sclerosis patients are most vulnerable to developing a rare brain infection while taking a powerful drug called Tysabri (natalizumab).

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