Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Blog

Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Blog

Research update: Ganglion cell layer thickness may predict clinical recovery in acute optic neuritis

Peiqing Qian

Peiqing Qian
Neurologist, Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center

Optic neuritis is a common presentation of MS.  Acute inflammation of the optic nerve can lead to transient swelling of the peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (pRNFL). Further injury of axons within the optic nerve may lead to degeneration of the retinal ganglion cell (RGC) layer within the macula. RGC layer thickness has been proposed as a measure of neurodegeneration because it is relatively resistant to confounding inflammation. A study was done to track the changes in the retinal layer during a 6-month period in 27 patients with acute optic neuritis to identify patterns of RGC layer changes.

A quest to raise money for comprehensive MS care

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

Ever since Amy’s husband was diagnosed with MS, life has not been the same. Rehabilitation and treatment at the Swedish MS Center have become a routine part of their lives. Grateful for the resources available at the MS Center, Amy has gone on a quest to raise money for the clinic through her marathon training. With the end goal being the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on June 13, Amy has been running three days a week and cross training with 60 minutes of Barre3 classes. While somehow juggling two young children, her own business, and the ups and downs of this disease, Amy has trained relentlessly and will graciously donate all the money raised to the MS Center.


 

  • For every mile she runs, she will donate $1.

  • For every cross training Barre3 class completed, she will donate $5.

  • Upon crossing the Rock 'n' Roll finish line, she will donate $100 and Microsoft will generously match 100% of the total amount raised.

Amy wishes the money raised to go towards patient and family education/support at the Swedish MS Center. During her training, Amy is ...

Get Back Your Music Sessions at the Multiple Sclerosis Center

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

The MS Center at Swedish is offering a new music program for practicing and formerly practicing musicians who have lost the ability to play piano or guitar due to their neurological condition. One hour private sessions are being held with musician, Phil See, to recondition one’s musical abilities. Instruments are provided. All session are free!

When: Wednesdays, 10 and 11 a.m. or by appointment
Where: MS Center - Jefferson Tower, Level A  - Hedreen Wellness Studio
Who:  Phil See
RSVP: Mallory Higgins, 206.320.2200

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  ...

Last chance to sign up for the WalkMS this Sunday

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

The Swedish MS Center, Neuro-ophthalmic Consultants Northwest, and Seattle Radiologists have formed a team for Walk MS to experience a great event and help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people with MS live their best lives.

Walk MS is a day that brings friends, families, and coworkers together to embrace an important cause. Join us to make a powerful statement and to keep moving toward a cure. Each step we take brings us closer to a world free of MS.

Dr. James Bowen and Musician David Osmond to speak at Talaris Botanical Gardens this Friday

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

Friday, April 10
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Talaris Conference Center
4000 NE 41st Street Seattle, WA 98105


Join us for a presentation by James Bowen, MD, Medical Director of the MS Center at Swedish and singer David Osmond from the famous musical Osmond Family. Come learn from one of the leading experts in the MS field and hear Osmond sing "I Can Do This"--his personal composition about life with multiple sclerosis.

 


Event is FREE, complimentary lunch and parking included.

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 ...

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Mallory Higgins

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