More MS news articles for Sep 2001

MS patientsí Quality of Life Not Indicated by Neurological Exams

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/articles.asp?SMContentIndex=2&SMContentSet=0

FaxWatch Inc.- September 14, 2001

MS patients' quality of life cannot be predicted from the results of neurological exams or tests of disability, researchers found.

In a recent study that involved 29 people with secondary progressive MS, patients were given Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.'s Taxol (paclitaxel) for six months.

The researchers did not find a consistent correlation between overall quality-of-life scores and MRI outcomes, scores on the Expanded Disability Status Scale or scores on the MS Functional Composite.

Patients' quality-of-life scores were strongly linked to their emotional well-being and distress about their health, as well as their overall physical condition.

The study appears in the September issue of Neurology.

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