Coronavirus: Cruise ships in quarantine, symptoms, epidemic vs pandemic, vaccine research

One of the aspects of the coronavirus epidemic that has been latched onto by the Press is the fact that thousands of people are stranded aboard two quarantined cruise ships. As a cruise enthusiast, that piqued my interest. There are 3,711 passengers and crew on Diamond Princess anchored off the coast of Yokohama, near Tokyo, … Continue reading Coronavirus: Cruise ships in quarantine, symptoms, epidemic vs pandemic, vaccine research

Mixed messages about beta-interferon safety to treat MS

Research that is meaningful is essential. It is what, after all, what we need to find a cure for multiple sclerosis and other debilitating diseases. However, a new study from the University of British Columbia, Canada, puzzles me. The study “Evaluating the safety of beta-interferons in MS” looked at potential adverse events when treating relapsing remitting MS … Continue reading Mixed messages about beta-interferon safety to treat MS

Meet Phoebe Scopes, First MS Patient from Abroad to Undergo HSCT in Moscow

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, or HSCT for short, is provided at various centers around the world to a mix of people with multiple sclerosis. As regular readers know, two months ago I visited the impressive facilities of the A.A. Maximov Department of Hematology and Cellular Therapy, at the National Pirogov Medical Surgical Center in Moscow. … Continue reading Meet Phoebe Scopes, First MS Patient from Abroad to Undergo HSCT in Moscow