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Multiple Sclerosis

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Next on Health Link: Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic and often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system.  More than 250 thousand Americans are living with MS.  The disease usually strikes between the ages of 20 and 50.  The symptoms vary widely making it difficult to diagnose.   On the next HEALTH LINK we’ll examine the warning signs, how families are impacted and what's the latest treatment and outlook for a cure. 

QUIZ: How much do you know about Multiple Sclerosis?

GUESTS

Keith R. Edwards, MD
Dr. Edwards is the Director of Empire Neurology located in Latham.  He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Boston and a Consulting Neurologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  He is Director of the MS Center of Northeastern New York in Latham, NY and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Southern Vermont, Bennington, Vermont.  He has been board certified in neurology since 1978. 

Aaron Ward
Aaron Ward is the Advocacy and Program Manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York Chapter.

Tammy Skellie-Gilbert
Tammy was diagnosed 8 years ago with MS.  For the past 8 months she's been taking a new medication, a once a day pill, that's helping her to maintain her vision.

Julie Bink, caregiver for her husband who was diagnosed in 2008 with secondary progressive MS.  
Amy Brimmer, caregiver for her husband who was diagnosed 2 days before his 46th birthday with relapsing remitting MS.

RESOURCES

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter 

Multiple Sclerosis Center of Northeastern New York (MSNENY)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke-National Institutes of Health-Multiple Sclerosis

MEDLINEPLUS

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