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Genetic analysis links cold sores, shingles to NMOSD

Genetic variations linked with cold sores and shingles infections have been associated with the development of AQP4 antibody-positive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), according to genetic analysis. The findings suggest that the herpes simplex virus, which is the cause of cold sores, and the varicella-zoster virus, which leads to…

Uplizna found effective in Asian NMOSD patients in Phase 2/3 trial

Treatment with Uplizna (inebilizumab-cdon) effectively prevented disease attacks and disability worsening for Asian people with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) in the Phase 2/3 N-MOmentum clinical trial, a new analysis found. “In the Asian [patient] subgroup, the risk of NMOSD attacks was reduced with [Uplizna] versus placebo ……

Phase 2 trial of orelabrutinib for NMOSD underway in China

A Phase 2 clinical trial is testing InnoCare Pharma’s experimental oral medication orelabrutinib in people with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). The trial (NCT05284175), being conducted at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, in Beijing, China, was cleared by the country’s regulatory agency last year. InnoCare…

Smokers have worse recovery after NMOSD relapse: Study

A history of smoking is associated with poorer recovery from disease relapses in people with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), a study reports. Findings indicate that patients who smoke or are past smokers are more likely to have neurological lesions that persist months after the relapse, and that these…

NMOSD could underlie neurological symptoms in lupus: Study

Certain neurological symptoms of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) occur at higher rates in patients who also have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), according to a recent review study. Features of NMOSD, including longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis — a type of spinal cord inflammation — and involvement of certain…

Poor nutrition linked to worse quality of life in NMOSD: Study

Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) patients have significantly poorer nutritional status than healthy people which is associated with worse quality of life, a study found. Longer disease duration; poor sleep quality; being a woman; and higher levels of anxiety, depression, or fatigue were found to be significantly associated with…