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Thursday, March 18, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 a.m.
Multiple sclerosis

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Seattle clinic a Hub for multiple sclerosis treatment and research
With Northwest multiple-sclerosis rates among the highest in the nation, doctors are planning a major new MS treatment and research center in Seattle.  [12:00 a.m. March 18, 2004]

Blood test may predict if someone will get MS
Scientists have developed a blood test that appears to be the first reliable way to predict whether patients with neurological problems such as tingling or blurred vision will develop the debilitating disease multiple sclerosis.  [12:00 a.m. July 10, 2003]

Living in limbo: Portland writer awaits diagnosis of MS
Multiple sclerosis is not simply a disease, but a state of limbo. The symptoms are varied, and may include abnormal fatigue, impaired vision, loss of balance and muscle coordination, slurred speech, tremors, stiffness, bladder and bowel problems, difficulty walking, short-term memory loss, mood swings and, in severe cases, partial or complete paralysis. There is no single clinical or laboratory test for MS, and diagnosis can sometimes take years.  [12:00 a.m. Jan. 28, 2003]

A new mother's nine-month vacation from MS
Multiple sclerosis is a disease whose mysteries include a geographic tendency toward the northern latitudes, including the Pacific Northwest. It strikes mostly young adults; for women, afflicted at twice the rate of men, those are the childbearing years. For many women with MS, pregnancy presents another curiosity &151; a miraculous, if temporary, reprieve from the disease's symptoms.  [12:00 a.m. Jan. 12, 2003]

Drug offers new approach to MS, Crohn's disease
A new type of experimental drug appears promising for treating two devastating illnesses caused by the immune system attacking parts of the body: multiple sclerosis (MS) and Crohn's disease.  [12:00 a.m. Jan. 2, 2003]

Vitamin D may reduce multiple sclerosis risk
A study testing a long-held theory about the cause of multiple sclerosis has found that women who took a vitamin D supplement cut their risk of developing the incurable neurological disorder by 40 percent, compared with those who did not take a supplement.  [12:00 a.m. Jan. 13, 2004]

Stem cells may keep MS from advancing
Stem-cell transplants, first developed to cure blood cancers, may halt the progression of multiple sclerosis, University of Washington researchers reported.  [12:00 a.m. April 17, 2002]

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