Biotin is vitamin B7. There is a group in France studying Biotin. They published a small study a few months ago, and a larger study was presented at the AAN meeting last month. The results of the study were reported to show a benefit in patients with primary or secondary progressive MS. There were 154 patient enrolled in this study, half on biotin and half on placebo. The outcome measured was the number of people who improved on their disability at 9 months and who continued to be improved at 12 months. 13% improved in the biotin group compared to none in the placebo group. While this is encouraging, this has to be viewed with caution. First, it is surprising that there would be improvement after only 9 months since the nervous system is very slow to heal. Also, only 13 patients improved. This low number improving suggests that the biotin was not helpful for the majority of patients, but it also brings into question whether the results could be due to difficulties with study design such as inadequate numbers of patients or problems with blinding of the treatment/placebo arms. A larger study with a phase III design will be needed to determine whether biotin is truly helpful. This would need to include outcomes such as MRI, eye examinations or evoked potentials to demonstrate that any improvement was actually due to healing of the nervous system.
On May 27, Swedish launched a redesigned website to help patients and website visitors find useful informat...
Most Recent Articles
Creative writing program offers virtual connection and expression
Make the pledge to Just Drive and reduce distractions in the car. Discover why it’s so important and just how dangerous taking a call may be.
April is Cancer Control Month, a time to honor our loved ones affected by cancer and to pledge to stay on top of our own cancer screenings. Learn more.
Feeling a little lighter and brighter with the warmer days of spring? You’re not alone! Read about spring fever, its signs and benefits to your health.
Swedish highlights two physicians who provide gender-affirming care during National LGBT Health Awareness Week. Learn more.
The MoM, is described as a contemporary art center with a mission to increase the artist population of Seattle and inspire the local arts ecosystem.
Benjamin M. Starnes is the new medical director for Pediatrics at Swedish. Learn more.
In America’s largest cities, anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 150%. Swedish stands with the AAPI and Asian immigrant communities and condemns these acts of hatred and racism.
Swedish Chief Health Equity Officer Nwando Anyaoku, M.D., who leads Swedish’s mobile clinic efforts, is often called upon to speak with community groups and panels about her work and experience in add
Painful periods that keep you from enjoying daily life aren’t normal. Find out if yours is caused by endometriosis – a common and treatable condition.
Concussions account for 75% of all traumatic brain injuries. Learn the signs and symptoms, and why it’s so important to get care from a medical professional.
Your gut is home to trillions of bacteria, some of which help improve your physical and mental health. Learn more about how to keep your gut health in balance.
Due to the COVID-19 vaccine side effects, we recommend that you schedule a screening mammography a minimum of six (6) weeks after your final vaccination dose.
Donna D. suffered a near-fatal bacterial infection that left her completely paralyzed. Learn how she got her life back with Swedish spine services.
Heart disease is the most common cause of death and disability in women in the U.S. Get the facts about warning signs, prevention and early detection from Swedish cardiologist, Dr. Pan.
When children express themselves, it can improve their self-esteem, build confidence and encourage independence. Swedish offers fresh ideas for creative self-expression that parents can try at home.
In-person learning during COVID-19 brings unique challenges to the back-to-school experience. Learn what experts recommend to keep your family safe.