multiple sclerosis


Definition of multiple sclerosis

: a demyelinating disease marked by patches of hardened tissue in the brain or the spinal cord and associated especially with partial or complete paralysis and jerking muscle tremor

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And on top of that, needle fatigue is a problem for patients who take drugs for chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives," 8 July 2018 None of those treatments—for everything from diabetes and asthma to multiple sclerosis and arthritis—have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Is This Stem Cell Clinic Really Making Cancer Vaccines?," 16 May 2018 Conditions that can cause this include arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, and multiple sclerosis, as well as temporary pain issues like an injury or nighttime discomfort involved with pregnancy. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Sleep Do I Need?," 21 Mar. 2019 But a review of the evidence published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found little evidence for marijuana’s ability to treat health conditions outside chronic pain and muscle stiffness from multiple sclerosis. German Lopez, Vox, "Marijuana is legal for medical purposes in 32 states," 14 Nov. 2018 In general, the National Academies of Sciences has reported that there is substantial evidence indicating that marijuana is effective in treating chronic pain, nausea from chemotherapy, and muscle spasticity from multiple sclerosis. Robert Mccoppin,, "Illinois lawmakers OK medical marijuana as prescription painkiller substitute; bill goes to governor," 4 June 2018 Her dad has suffered from multiple sclerosis for years, and seeing his physical limitations made her appreciate the use of her legs. Amy Kaufman,, "I had a heart-to-heart about body image with Amy Schumer," 19 Apr. 2018 According to the Mayo Clinic, multiple sclerosis symptoms include tremors and a lack of coordination. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Selma Blair Shares Inspirational Video With Tips for Applying Makeup With Multiple Sclerosis," 2 Apr. 2019 In late October 2018, Selma Blair revealed she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis — a disease causing the immune system to mistakenly attack the central nervous system. Ariel Henley, Allure, "How Fashion Lets Me Embrace the Physical Differences Caused by Crouzon Syndrome," 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of multiple sclerosis

1885, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of multiple sclerosis

medical : a disease of the nervous system that causes the gradual loss of muscle control

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Medical Definition of multiple sclerosis

: a demyelinating disease marked by patches of hardened tissue in the brain or the spinal cord and associated especially with partial or complete paralysis and jerking muscle tremor

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