Accepting art for the Multiple Sclerosis Center Art Show 2015

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

June 27 - 28
Seattle Center Armory
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Submission deadline: June 1

All art abilities are welcome and all art pieces are accepted.
This is an art exhibition for those touched by multiple sclerosis; this is not a contest.

For event details and to print an application:

About the MS Center Art Show

The Multiple Sclerosis Center at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute is proud to present the 6th Annual MS Center Art Show. Over the past five years, the Art Show has welcomed creative works of all ability levels from those affected by MS in the Pacific Northwest. The purpose of this annual event is to:

Tics or Tourette's?

Anthony Bouldin
Tics are sudden, stereotyped and repetitive movements or vocalizations that are involuntary and often appear similar to normal movements.  They can be brief simple movements such as eye blinking or facial grimacing or more complex behaviors such as jumping or repetitive touching.  Common vocal tics or vocalizations are humming, throat clearing and coughing.  Tics can be a temporary or a passing phase (transient tic disorder) or more chronic.   The diagnosis of Tourette’s syndrome is defined as a history of multiple motor tics and at least one vocal tic occurring for longer than 12 months.

Tourette’s syndrome typically begins ...

Spring allergies may make it difficult to swallow

Leslie H. Price, MD

Leslie H. Price, MD

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a disease characterized by the presence of a large number of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, which causes inflammation in the esophagus. This inflammation can lead to stiffening or narrowing of the esophagus, which can lead to difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or food getting stuck in the esophagus. The cause in adults has not been clearly identified, but an allergic reaction to environmental and/or food allergens have been suggested in individuals who are genetically susceptible. There is a strong association with food allergies, environmental allergies, asthma, and atopic dermatitis.

Hence, the worsening of symptoms during Spring and Fall...

Blood Pressure Medication and Myelin Repair in Multiple Sclerosis

James D. Bowen, MD

We have received several inquiries about a recent report of a blood pressure medication that helps with myelin repair. This study was reported in Nature Communications: “Pharmaceutical integrated stress response enhancement protects oligodendrocytes and provides a potential multiple sclerosis therapeutic.”

This article received widespread media coverage because it involved a blood pressure medication that is already on the market.

This study used  ...

New event for young adults diagnosed with cancer

Jolyn Hull

Jolyn Hull
Health Education Specialist, Swedish Cancer Institute

Are you, or someone you know, a young adult cancer survivor? Thrive Through Cancer is hosting their first annual “Ports & Pints” expo for young adult cancer survivors on Saturday, May 2, 2015. This educational and interactive and event will be held at Hale’s Ales Brewery & Pub located between Fremont and Ballard in Seattle. This free half-day event will bring local resources together for educational seminars on nutrition, recreation, fertility, and for a career and finance discussion. Additionally, informational booths and presentations for young adult cancer survivors will be available for participants to learn more about community resources and get their questions answered.

Young adults between the ages of 18-40, experience different barriers when diagnosed with cancer than children and older adults. Whether you are going to college, expecting your first child, buying a house, or starting your career, a cancer diagnosis can be disruptive. Thrive Through Cancer works to support young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer by connecting them with age-appropriate resources and through educational events and networking opportunities to connect with one another. Their hope is to help young adults thrive through cancer.

Roundtable on neuromyelitis optica (NMO)

James D. Bowen, MD

The neurologists from the MS Center recently attended the Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation roundtable on neuromyelitis optica (NMO) in Los Angeles. This organization is devoted to improving the care of patients with NMO and promoting research towards finding a cure.

Neurologists from the MS Center at Swedish, Pavle Repovic, MD, PhD, Peiqing Qian, MD, and James Bowen, MD met with Tony Traboulsee, MD, head of the University of British Columbia Hospital MS and NMO programs

NMO often mimics MS, but has characteristic changes on MRI that allow it to be identified. A blood test is available to help with the diagnosis. It is important to recognize the disease because the treatment differs from MS treatments.

Because it is such a rare disease, there are ...

Advancing care for patients with liver disease

Kris Kowdley, MD

Kris Kowdley, MD
Director, Liver Care Network, Organ Care Research

The burden of liver disease continues to increase in the USA and worldwide. An estimated 5-7 million people have chronic hepatitis B and C and more than 20% of the US population has nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.  Liver Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide.  The CDC and US Preventive Services Task Force recently issued screening recommendations for hepatitis C in the “baby-boomer” cohort, namely those born between 1945 and 1965.  Part of the reason to identify patients with hepatitis C is that dramatic new advances have been made in treatment, with more than 95% of patients able to achieve a cure with the recently approved all-oral regimens for as little as 8 weeks.
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