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Two New Multiple Sclerosis Trials

August 2, 2017

A new trial assessed the effects of 8-weeks aquatic exercise training program on functional capacity, balance, and perceptions of fatigue in women with multiple sclerosis (MS). The study is titled, “A randomized controlled trial to examine the impact of aquatic exercise training on functional capacity, balance, and perceptions of fatigue in female patients with multiple sclerosis.” The trial was a randomized controlled design and consisted of women diagnosed with relapsing-remitting (RR-type) MS. After undergoing baseline testing by a neurologist, participants were allocated to either an intervention (aquatic training program) or a control group. The intervention consisted of an 8-week aquatic training program. 32 women completed the 8-week aquatic training intervention. Results showed a significant group-by-time interaction, which was evident between the experimental and controls groups. You can read more about the study here.


Another trial, titled “Memory rehabilitation for the working memory of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS),” aimed to determine the effectiveness of memory rehabilitation on the working memory performance of MS patients. The main cognitive impairments in MS affect the working memory, processing speed, and performances that are in close interaction with one another. There is evidence that cognitive rehabilitation is considered one of the promising methods for cure. 60 MS patients with cognitive impairment and similar in terms of demographic characteristics, duration of the disease, neurological problems, and mental health were randomly assigned to three groups: experimental, placebo, and control. The experimental group received a cognitive rehabilitation program, the placebo group received relation techniques, and the control group received no intervention. Results showed that the cognitive rehabilitation program had a positive effect on the working memory performance of patients with MS in the experimental group. Overall, the study demonstrated that there is evidence for the effectiveness of a memory rehabilitation program for the working memory of patients with MS.

Via MS Views & News