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Multiple Sclerosis Center August Pet of the Month

Meet Reggie - this two year old English Springer Spaniel loves visiting retirement homes and sporting hats and bow ties. Reggie may be the most dapper canine around as he enjoys showing off his attire and meeting new people. Found as a stray in Oregon, Reggie was rescued and placed in a shelter for ten days. Matted, disheveled, and smelly, Reggie waited but no one came to claim him. Soon after, English Springer Rescue America (ESRA) was called and he was adopted by his (now) best friend, Jackie Harrison. Jackie has trained Reggie to be her service dog while making him the best dressed dog in town. Reggie was Jackie's 14th foster dog through English Springer Rescue America.
 
Reggie in his patriotic attire at last year's 4th of July parade on Bainbridge IslandFor his training, Reggie and Jackie participated in a program through Summit Assistance Dogs in Anacortes, Washington. This non-profit organization rescues ....

5th Annual Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center Art Show

With over eighty art work submissions this year, the 5th annual Multiple Sclerosis Center Art Show was, again, a great success. Held at the Seattle Center Armory this past weekend, the exhibit showcased art work created by MS patients, family, friends, and members of the community affected by the disease. This event is held each year to provide community and regional awareness about MS and to provide an opportunity for those affected to express themselves through art. Displayed on white walls and under glass vitrines, artists showcased paintings, collages, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, poetry, graphics, and photography among other multi-media compositions. As always, the show is free and art work is welcomed from all individuals of all ability levels in the Pacific Northwest. Participants need not be a patient of Swedish, merely influenced or touched by Multiple Sclerosis.

Although a lifelong disease, the event hopes to convey that multiple sclerosis (MS) is not life-ending. Resources are available to support patients and their families. The Swedish MS Center goes beyond health care to assist people living with MS and related neurological conditions and to help them achieve their highest level of well-being.

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Swedish MS Center Summer BBQ

Please join us for the Swedish MS Center Summer BBQ, presented and hosted by the Young Adults MS Support Group and including a talk by Dr. James Bowen, Swedish MS Center Neurologist and Medical Director.

When: Saturday, August 23rd, Noon-5 p.m.

Where: Swedish MS Center
1600 E. Jefferson Street, Level A
Seattle, WA 98122
 

Bike the US for MS donates $20,000 to Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center

Cyclists participating in Bike the US for MS arrived at the Peddler Brewing Company in Ballard, Washington last Monday, some having travelled all the way from Bar Harbor, Maine. There to greet the cyclists was Dr. James Bowen, Swedish Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center Neurologist and Medical Director. To date, the bike tour has contributed $80,000 to the Swedish MS Center helping ensure that patients in the Pacific Northwest have access to vital MS services today as well as into the future.


Bike the US for MS is ...

5th Annual Multiple Sclerosis Center Art Show 2014

The Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center is hosting the 5th annual MS Center Art Show on August 9 & 10 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Seattle Center Armory.  The event is free and open to the public.  Please join us for this yearly celebration of art that is created by people living with MS and all others affected by this disease.
 
Art frees the spirit even when MS tries to limit it. The MS Center at Swedish hopes to acknowledge the lives and talents of everyone affected by MS.  The Art Show will feature over 80 pieces of art including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and more. 
 
The purpose of the annual Swedish MS Center Art Show is to:

Statin Benefits Secondary Progressive MS

No treatments can currently abate the advanced stage of the disease, known as secondary progressive MS, which gradually causes patients to become more disabled. Statins are postulated to have immunomodulatory effects that appear to be independent of their effect on cholesterol. A benefit has been suggested in early multiple sclerosis (MS) based on reduction of magnetic resonance imaging brain lesions.  However, following trials have had inconsistent results.

In this multicenter, double-blind study, investigators randomized 140 participants with secondary progressive (SP) MS to 80 mg of simvastatin or placebo daily for 2 years. Participants were 18 to 65 years old, had active progression over the preceding 2 years, and had difficulties ambulating but were not wheelchair bound.  Whole brain atrophy was 43% slower annually in simvastatin recipients than in placebo recipients. The simvastatin group also had small clinical improvements over placebo on the disability scale and a patient-reported MS impact scale at 24 months.
 
These findings show that simvastatin reduced ...

Importance of planning pregnancies with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

A recent study addressed the outcomes of pregnancy in women with MS who were taking fingolimod (Gilenya). Of 66 pregnancies on the medication, 41 attempted to carry the pregnancy to term. 26 of the 41 had healthy newborns. There were, 9 miscarriages, 24 elective abortion, 4 ongoing pregnancies and 1 with an unknown outcome. Of the elective abortions, four were for fetal malformations. There were 5 cases with abnormal fetal development in the 66 pregnancies. Poor fetal outcomes were found in 14.6% of the pregnancies. This contrasts with a 3% rate of poor outcomes for most pregnancies.

This paper highlights the importance of care in planning pregnancies in MS. It is now known that women with MS have ...

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