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The Stigma of Multiple Sclerosis and Its Effects on Depression, Anxiety, and QoL

To clarify the role that stigma plays in the mental health and quality of life in people with MS, researchers conducted an MS-specific retrospective data review. They found that stigma was associated with increased anxiety and depression and with decreased quality of life in both physical and mental health domains.

Frailty and Its Effects on Walking Ability in Patients with MS

A small study of 99 patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis found that moderately and severely frail participants demonstrated slower walking speeds, lower cadence (steps per minute), and less regular steps/strides than non-frail MS patients.

Worsening MS Linked to sNfL Levels

Investigators in Spain have concluded that high serum neurofilament light chain levels confirmed within the first year of a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis are associated with long-term disease worsening.

Deep Gray Matter Atrophy May Provide Clues for Measuring Disease Progression in MS

Researchers assessing the structural and pathological relationships with patient-reported outcomes in patients with MS found that outcomes related to lower limb limitations are significantly associated with neurodegenerative changes within the deep gray matter.

Do MS Patients Have Higher Levels of Toxic Metals in Their Brains?

That was the question that formed the basis of a study from Australia, which found that people with multiple sclerosis are more likely than people without MS to have widespread deposits of potentially toxic elements in their brains.
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Evaluating CNS Pathology and Disability Progression in Patients with MS

Not much is known about the relationship between measures of spinal cord atrophy and daily physical activity levels among patients with multiple sclerosis. A team of San Francisco-based researchers set out to change that.

In MS, We’re Sorting Out the Distinctions Among Relapsing and Progressive Subtypes—and Disability

Researchers in Spain recently explored the long-term outcomes of patients who developed progression independent of relapse activity after a first demyelinating event in multiple sclerosis.

People with Multiple Sclerosis are Ready to Ditch COVID-19—But Keep Telemedicine

A survey of people with multiple sclerosis was conducted before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of telemedicine increased from 25% to 80% during the pandemic, and a large proportion of participants want to continue telemedicine services for their MS care.

Black Patients with Multiple Sclerosis Have Higher Rates of Uncontrolled Hypertension

This retrospective cohort study of patients with MS found that Black American patients had a higher prevalence of uncontrolled hypertension than White Americans, but were also more likely to be receiving therapy for it.