Friday, January 22, 2010

Ampyra Approved!

Today Ampyra received FDA approval.

This therapy by Acorda Therapeutics increases walking speed in the four major MS types - RRMS, SPMS, PPMS, and PRMS.

Ampyra is in tablet form, previously known as fampridine. It is being developed in the US by Acorda Therapeutics, the company that works with zanaflex, and outside the US by Biogen Idec.

Ampyra is expected to be commercially available by March of this year. Read the press release.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Two Ideas

Michael B. Gerber has some clever ideas and observations that help us think outside the box. Here are two posts that do just that:

It can be done
Michael tells us a marching band from a blind school reminded him for something to be done, the idea must come to someone who then shares it. He asks us each to ask ourselves "What can I do?" When you have an answer, share it. It may be the beginning of something important.

The Story of an MSer taking a Skydive
I have been thinking about this since I first read it, falling, not soaring. Almost everyone I know really like it whether they can describe it or not. This is not in my bucket, but I am glad he did it and shared the experience with us.

I was struck by the fact that they were not just willing to accommodate him — they were ready and experienced to accommodate people with disabilities! What does this mean? It is not unusual for a person with a disability to take advantage of their service. How great is that!? If it can be done for skydiving, it can be done for many, many other activities.

Thanks for sharing, Michael, and Congratulations on your jump.

In a comment by Andriana she wondered “if our minds disable us from going/doing beyond the norm.” I believe, and I know I am not alone, that the brain IS the biggest personal disabler in people with and without disabilities. Are you feeling your disability excludes you from an exciting activity? Check it out.