Brain Health

Multiple Sclerosis: Patients’ Cognitive Dysfunction ‘On The Radar’

John DeLuca, PhD, alternates between frustration and motivation as he talks about cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis (MS). As a neuropsychologist and senior vice president of research and training at Kessler Foundation in West Orange, N.J., he is a world-renowned expert, making his simple take on the topic particularly appealing.
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MS Cognitive Decline Linked To Brain Network Dysfunction

Some findings hint that brain reorganization could be compensatory.
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Different MS Cognitive Phenotypes Could Help Guide Care

Researchers have developed a new classification of cognitive function for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) that is based on the identification of five cognitive phenotypes.
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Drug Improves Cognitive Functioning In Patients With Secondary Progressive MS

Researchers have found that administering a drug for multiple sclerosis (MS) significantly improves cognitive processing speed in patients who have secondary progressive MS compared with placebo, according to a new study.
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Improving Cognition In MS: Time To Start Prescribing Exercise?

Exercising the mind through cognitive rehabilitation is now a recommended intervention for the many individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) who experience difficulties with memory, thinking, and other brain functions. Could exercising the body be too far behind?
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Pilot Study Tells Two Stories Of Aging With MS

For individuals with multiple sclerosis the experience of aging appears to follow along one of two paths – some people feel their preexisting disability gives them an advantage in coping and tolerating age-related difficulties, while others feel more acutely the double burdens of MS and aging.
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Mindfulness Interventions May Boost MS Patient Outcomes

Mindfulness-based interventions such as day wellness programs have the potential to improve mood and overall emotional awareness in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to preliminary results of two small, early-phase studies presented at the 2020 virtual meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.
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Measuring The Effects Of MS On The Mind

The first symptoms to come to mind at the mention of multiple sclerosis (MS) are likely to be walking difficulty, vision problems, and increased fatigue. During the past 25 years, many therapies that effectively reduce these symptoms have been introduced. These therapeutic successes have enabled researchers and neurologists to focus on an aspect of MS that sometimes has been overlooked: cognitive symptoms.
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Cognitive Reserve May Help The Brain Resist The Effects Of MS On Thinking

During the past few decades, research has made clear that multiple sclerosis causes not only physical disability but also cognitive problems.
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Employment Rates Vary By Country Among Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis patients who are young, male and have mild disability are more likely to be employed, based on a recent analysis of multiple sclerosis registries across North America, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
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How To Incorporate Cognitive Screening Into Routine MS Patient Visits

The way Frederick W. Foley, PhD, sees it, screening for cognitive problems in patients with multiple sclerosis has been taking a back seat to other routine clinical assessments largely because the deficits aren’t obvious in a typical clinical examination.
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Say Yes To The Om! Yoga Classes Aren’t A Stretch For MS Patients

“I can’t do that, I have MS.” Those are the seven words Megan Weigel, DNP, ARNP-c, MSCN, typically hears when she initially suggests yoga classes to her patients with multiple sclerosis. Her response to their protests is simple: “Yes, you can.”
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