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Video: Music, Movement and Meditation Class at the Multiple Sclerosis Center

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center


Click on the link below to watch footage of the Multiple Sclerosis Center’s Music, Movement and Meditation class with instructor, Gayle Cloud. This upbeat class is a blend of music and song combined with lighthearted activities. Bring your dancing shoes or wheels—Gayle will have you doing gentle movements to the beat. Music is offered to all patients with MS, Parkinson’s, stroke, or similar disease. Family members, caregivers, and friends are welcome to attend as well. No music experience required; wheelchairs are welcome.

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) published research that shows how music can help:

December Pet of the Month

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

Pup: Katie
Age: 14
Owner: Carlo
Breed: Australian Cattle Dog
Favorite toy: Hedgehog Baby
Unique fact: Katie has three legs

What makes your pet special?

I am her focus.  She is my shadow.  We have been together for over 10 years.  We went across country on an antique wheelchair trying to raise money and awareness for MS.  We started the nonprofit, "The Spirit of Hope Foundation."  The U.S. government asked Katie and I to attend one of their events in Washington D.C.  It was a  ...

Seasonal Celebration at the Multiple Sclerosis Center

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

Join us!

The Swedish Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center is hosting a gathering to celebrate the holidays and show our appreciation for the MS Community. Join us for refreshments, appetizers, music, activities, and a raffle of prizes. This is a FREE event.

FREE gift wrapping

Bring your gifts and we will wrap them for you! Wrapping paper and ribbon will be provided by the MS Center.

 
When:   Friday, December 19
Time:  Noon – 3 p.m.
Where:  MS Center at Swedish
1600 Jefferson Street, A Level
Seattle, WA 98122
RSVP:  Mallory Higgins at 206.991.2200 or just drop by!

Catching Kayla – High School Girl with MS Becomes Top Runner in Country

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

Here is a remarkable story about high school runner Kayla Montgomery -- who, despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, has become one of the best young distance runners in the country. Click here to watch the video.

Multiple Sclerosis and Affordable Care Act

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

Take a look at this panel discussion interview where Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center neurologist Dr. James Bowen and a nationally recognized health insurance expert discuss the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace as it specifically relates to the needs of the multiple sclerosis community. Some of the key topics include cost and coverage of MS medications, the benefits of a selecting a silver-level plan, ways to ensure access to care, expansion of Medicaid, and how to appeal coverage denial.
 

Power of reflection: Mirror therapy in MS

Angeli Mayadev, MD

Angeli Mayadev, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center

The great wisdom traditions teach us that internal reflection is a useful means to grow.  Reflecting upon that. I thought that we could spend some time reviewing a technique of external reflection in rehabilitation known as mirror therapy. This was first described in 1995 by Ramachandran and his team who studied phantom limb pain.

Many concepts in multiple sclerosis (MS) rehabilitation come from stroke and pain rehabilitation fields.  There is evidence in these fields that supports the use of mirror therapy to help rehabilitation of the weaker side.  It also helps reduce neuropathic pain in patients who have phantom limb ( arm or leg) pain after an amputation.

There is very limited published research on the use of mirror therapy in MS.  We think that adding this type of therapy in the care of MS patients might be beneficial to reduce pain and weakness, and perhaps reduce "learned disuse" of the limb.

A brief summary of how to perform Mirror therapy is the following:

Lemtrada is FDA approved for people with relapsing MS

James D. Bowen, MD
On November 14, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) for the treatment of patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) who have responded inadequately to two or more MS drugs.  Lemtrada is already approved in over 40 countries around the globe including the EU, Canada and Australia.

The FDA approval of Lemtrada is a significant milestone for people living with relapsing MS.  Lemtrada demonstrated superior efficacy over Rebif on annualized relapse rates in two pivotal randomized Phase III open-label rater-blinded studies in patients with relapsing remitting MS which were the basis for approval.  The clinical development program for Lemtrada involved nearly 1,500 patients including patients at the Swedish MS Center with more than ...
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