Rapid Diagnosis of MS
Week of July 28

MS diagnosisWhen someone is told they have multiple sclerosis. or MS, they not only have to wrestle with the emotional trauma of the news, they then have to figure out which type it is. Not only is testing expensive, it’s time consuming. But patients need to know what type they have in order to begin treatment to ease their symptoms.

To solve the problem, an international group of scientists have now developed a simple blood test. MS is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the myelin sheath that covers and protects nerves inside the brain and spinal cord... More »

E-cigarettes and Your Heart
Week of July 21

Man using an e-cigarette Seventy percent of smokers say they want to quit, but just five percent actually do. Over the last few years, e-cigarettes have emerged as a "safe" alternative, even though studies now place doubt on that claim. The newest research links e-cigarettes to an increased risk of heart disease.

E-cigarettes came out just a decade ago. Users inhale vapor from a hand held device that heats a liquid solvent containing nicotine, flavorings and other substances. Concerned about its health effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now monitors their manufacturing, distribution and marketing... More »

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