Some of the notable additions to the PBS include drugs to treat eye and HIV infections, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.
An independent expert provides his pick of the most notable drugs added to the PBS on May 1, 2017.
A woman with MS leaves a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Illinois.
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There are many anecdotal reports indicating cannabis' beneficial effects for treating MS symptoms, but research with cannabis is difficult to do.
Multiple sclerosis involves the central nervous system, made up of the brain and spinal cord.
Fingolimod is a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease. It is an immunomodulator, which means it works by suppressing the immune system.
There is conflicting medical evidence.
A new type of stem cell therapy for MS seems effective, but the side effects can be catastrophic.
Kirkwall harbour, Orkney.
Orkney's ultra-high incidence has been linked to the weak northern sun. So how come the more northern Shetlands are less afflicted?
A progressive disease.
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There have been some promising initial results for a new MS stem cell treatment, but time will tell if it goes further.
A woman sunbathes on a warm summer day on a private beach in Nice, France.
The risks of UV radiation exposure are well-known, but some scientists are exploring lesser-known benefits of UV light.
Representatives of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries at a press conference in Atlanta, after a deal was reached.
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Before the last round of negotiations, only a handful of issues remained in the way of concluding the TPP. A potential deal-breaker for Australia was intellectual property protections for biologics.
A debilitating disease.
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Prevalence of MS in some areas and not others have led researchers to investigate whether there's a link between the disease and a lack of vitamin D.
Saving lives, one ear at a time.
A novel molecule has been used to target stem cells to damaged tissues within the body, allowing more efficient cell therapy for the treatment of arthritis, Crohn's, cardiovascular disease and MS
The amount of sun exposure and associated vitamin D production is believed to underlie the geographical gradient in multiple sclerosis prevalance.
Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disease affecting almost 25,000 Australians and more than 2.4 million people worldwide. It’s one of the leading causes of disability in young adults. Typically, the…
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The immune system is there to protect us from threats and infections. But to be healthy, it also needs to be tolerant of an individual’s own tissues that are harmless. If it can’t do this, the immune system…
A molecule in parasitic worms could explain why some worm infections can treat a range of autoimmune diseases, including…
Scientists have identified 48 previously unknown genetic variants that make a person susceptible to developing Multiple Sclerosis…
Researchers have discovered a technique that directly converts skin cells to the type of brain cells destroyed in patients…
Reduced mobility among mutiple sclerosisos patients has been linked to a decline in the quality of life, according to new…
New research has demonstrated the key role two proteins play in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS). The study found…
These genes exert their influence through the immune system.
In one of the largest human genetic studies ever undertaken, scientists have identified the major common genetic variants that contribute to the cause of the devastating neurological disease, multiple…
Researchers have shown for the first time that higher levels of vitamin D are associated with a lower relapse risk in multiple…