The Connection Between MS and Vitamin D

Researchers conducted a study that appeared in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry and published by the Jerusalem Post on December 23, 2012 in which they suggest that pregnant women take vitamin D supplements to ward of  MS, as not enough of the vitamin is produced in the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It has been a known fact that  MS can be contracted by people living in countries with little sunlight. The risk of developing MS is highest during April and lowest during October according to available analysis.
The researchers compared previously published data on almost 152,000 people with MS with expected birth rates for the disease in a bid to find out if there was any link between country of birth and risk of developing MS. At latitudes greater than 52 degrees from the equator, insufficient ultraviolet light of the correct wave length reaches the skin between October and March to enable the body to manufacture enough vitamin D during the winter months.
There was a significant increase in risk among those born in April and May and a significant lower risk among those born in October and November. The studies were only conducted in the northern hemisphere and that should be considered in this analysis.
The researchers state that through combining existing datasets for month of birth and subsequent MS risk, this study provides the strongest evidence to date that the month of birth effect is a genuine one. This supports previous hypotheses and adds weight to the argument for early intervention studies that recommended supplementing the diet with vitamin D to prevent MS.
When MS, nevertheless, develops its limb disabling symptoms the most effective physical therapy solution should be used. Such a solution can be found in the TUTOR system of physical therapy products.
 The recently developed HANDTUTOR and its sister devices (ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR, 3DTUTOR) have become a key system in neuromuscular rehabilitation for stroke victims and those recovering from MS,brain and spinal injuries, Parkinson’s, CP and other limb movement limitations.
These innovative devices implement an impairment based program with augmented motion feedback that encourages motor learning through intensive active exercises and movement practice. The TUTORs consist of a wearable glove and braces that detect limb movement showing the patient how much active or assisted active movement they are actually doing. The rehabilitation software uses special rehabilitation games to set a new target for this movement in terms of the patient’s ability to move their limb. The devices then measure the limb movement and give feedback on the success of the patient in trying to gain this new movement objective. In this  way the patient is given movement feedback that allows the patient to understand which effort is more successful in moving their affected limb again. The Tutor system provides exercises that are challenging and motivating and allow for repetitive and intensive exercise practice.
The Tutor system is now part of the rehabilitation program of leading U.S. German, Italian, French, UK and other foreign hospitals. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for more information.

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