|[March 30, 2012]
MS Kills Connection > < Connection Kills MS
(NAPSW)-Multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, unpredictable disease of the
central nervous system, is known for destroying connections, but making
connections is helping to defeat this disease.
Meredith Vieira and her husband, Richard Cohen, who lives with MS: "You're not in this alone." (Photo: Business Wire)
MS disrupts signals within the brain and between the brain and the rest
of the body. This disruption results in symptoms ranging from reduced
mobility, to numbness and tingling, to cognition issues and abnormal
fatigue, to blindness and paralysis.
While MS kills connection, connection can also kill MS. That's why the
National MS Society created the "MS Kills Connection > < Connection
Kills MS" campaign: to forge connections among people with MS, people
who treat those with MS and people who search for answers to create a
world free of MS.
Such connections have helped move MS in ess than two decades from being
an untreatable disease to one for which there are at least eight
treatment options for those with relapsing MS, the most common form of
the disease. And there are now even more new therapies speeding through
the pipeline that offer hope to people with all forms of the disease.
This effort to connect those who want to stop MS, restore nerve function
damaged by MS and end the disease for all time is already leading to
• The International MS Genetics Consortium has discovered new MS risk
• An international nervous system repair and protection initiative has
led to one of the first adult stem cell clinical trials;
• Cross-organizational collaboration is being fostered through the MS
Coalition and the Emerging Therapies Collaborative;
• The first worldwide Society-sponsored research initiative to find
effective ways of treating progressive MS is under way;
• New and creative platforms to bring together top scientists are
advancing research in the link between vitamin D and MS, in pediatric
MS, and in quality-of-life strategies to improve long-term disease
To help foster connections among all those currently affected by MS or
who may be affected in the future, the Society has introduced a
multichannel public education campaign stressing the theme: "MS Kills
Connection > < Connection Kills MS."
Meredith Vieira is featured in this campaign along with her husband,
Richard Cohen, who has MS. "You're not in this alone," she said. "We're
all in this boat." Cohen added, "I deny the certainty of possible
outcomes. It really frees you up." To connect and help stop MS from
shutting people down, you can visit www.MSconnection.org.
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