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Saturday, May 7, 2011

I WALK BECAUSE (tm) ....

Acorda Therapeutics, the maker of Ampyra, has an organization called : "I Walk Because", which is featured at many National MS Society walks across the Country (USA). At these events, the staff films people who want to  discuss their MS or their affiliation with the National MS Society walks.

At a recent walk in Miami, I was asked to say a few words.
But before you click on the link found below, know that if were not for Susan Dorne ( a Board Member of the MS Views and News organization), we would not have had a team at this year's walk.

CLICK: http://www.iwalkbecause.org/walks/walk_videos.aspx?id=29&mid=131137


My thanks to Susan's desire to put together a walk team. I only wished I had said that in the video clip as well...




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Friday, May 6, 2011

"MS Evolving Management in the new Scenario" St.Petersburg, Russia - May 6-7, 2011


ROME, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Serono Symposia International Foundation will gather a team of leading international experts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) meeting on May 6-7 in St.Petersburg to attend the symposium "MS Evolving management in a new scenario" during the 2011 CME Annual Meeting in Multiple Sclerosis.




With the optimization of existing therapies and the introduction of new diagnostic tools and treatments, the environment in which MS is treated is changing rapidly and there have been substantial advances in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients. These innovations provide the possibility of improved clinical management, but may also present a challenge to physicians as they shape their practices for the benefit of their patients.

Therefore, when approaches evolve rapidly, continuous refinement of skills is required and this symposium aims at providing participants with a unique opportunity to debate practical issues and solutions that MS specialists will then be able to apply in this stimulating and evolving scenario. By attending the conference participants will be informed on new and improved diagnostic tools, get better skills to optimize interaction with patients, be updated on existing options to individualize treatment and discuss in an interactive setting practical issues and solutions aimed at improving outcomes.




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EMPLOYMENT and Insurance information for those with Multiple Sclerosis

Please explore our video library of MS Learn Online segments on this topic. Note that these videos are categorized into two types of segments. You may jump directly to your preferred segment type by clicking on one of the three links below.
Daily Minutes: Short informational clips about this topic, usually lasting around a minute or so.
Feature Presentations: More comprehensive coverage of a topic, usually featuring a variety of experts and/or perspectives. These are usually broken into 2-4 segments lasting 6-10 minutes each.

Daily Minutes - Employment & Insurance

Working with Cognitive Issues

Confidentially Disclosing MS Medicare and MS


Source: National MS Society's educational video series




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Thursday, May 5, 2011

How to S.E.A.R.C.H. (sm) for the Right MS Therapy

The Changing Landscape


Much like the design of a GPS navigation system, MS patients and their physicians can employ the S.E.A.R.C.H.SM model to navigate through this dynamic, everchanging landscape to reach their desired destination.
The first treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993. This forever changed the landscape of how MS could be managed. The approval of Betaseron® (interferon beta-1b) for RRMS ushered in a remarkable surge of MS treatments designed to reduce the number and severity of exacerbations and help lessen disease progression. Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, several effective medications for MS have become available, giving neurologists and patients a variety of treatment options for slowing disease activity.
Along with these treatments, known as disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), came the expanded use and improved technology of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Through diagnostic and follow-up MRI scans of the brain and spinal cord, physicians could now better diagnose, treat, track and manage the ever-changing course of MS in a more definitive and proactive manner.
As the recommendation and usage of MRIs grew, MSAA recognized the need to assist MS patients who required these valuable tests but lacked insurance coverage or the financial means to pay for the exams. As a result, MSAA developed and implemented the MRI Diagnostic Fund and MRI Institute programs. To date, these two programs have combined to serve nearly 5,000 MS clients who have benefited from an initial or follow-up MRI exam. For more details on these two programs, please visit MSAA's website, www.msassociation.org, or call (800) 532-7667, extension 120.
Advances in MRI techniques, along with years of consistent research data, have demonstrated that most patients who begin and maintain a DMT will experience fewer active lesions on the brain and spinal cord, fewer and less severe exacerbations, a reduction in symptoms, and a delay in disease progression and disability. In addition, more recent clinical trials have found that many of these DMTs also delay time to a second MS-like event, in cases of clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). CIS refers to the first presenting symptom of MS, prior to a confirmed diagnosis.

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