Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Blog

Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Blog

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 ...

Dealing with MS is different for men

Bobbie (Barbara) J. Severson, ARNP

Bobbie (Barbara) J. Severson, ARNP
ARNP, Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) care for men and women--is it a surprise that their MS health care support needs may differ?  As with many things in life, one should not assume that everyone has the same needs regardless of gender.  The prevalence of MS affects women about 3 times more often than men. And much of what we know, from social support research in MS, has been done with a predominantly female population.  The reality is that men and women do have different needs.  For example, evidence suggests men spend less time focused on their health and participate in fewer health prevention activities (poorer nutrition, higher alcohol and tobacco use) than women. Men also differ than women in how they experience MS and the type of support/interventions required to address their needs. An article from International Journal of MS Care (What Are the Support Needs of Men with MS, and Are They Being Met? ) by Dominic Upton, PhD and Charlotte Taylor, MSc, addresses this subject and more.

One of the aims of the article was to identify support needs of men with MS and evaluate whether these needs were being met by current services. (My conclusion, probably not.)

The article  ...

March Pet of the Month

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

 
ROSIE and RINGO



Owners:Donna and Ben
Ages: 8 and 4
Breed: Shih Tzu
Favorite toy: Squeaky ball
Favorite snack: Steak
Favorite activity ...

What the Americans with Disabilities Act says about service animals

Michelle T. Toshima
What does a dog, cat, horse, bird and fish have in common?

These animals and many others share the ability to provide assistance, support, comfort and companionship to humans.  Dogs are the most commonly used animal for therapeutic purposes; however, cats, horses, birds and even fish have been used in this capacity.  There are many benefits to pet ownership that have been well documented including the health benefits of reduced stress, reduced blood pressure, improved physical fitness, improved emotional well-being to name a few.  Many individuals with disabilities have also experienced the benefits of having an animal to assist with specific tasks and/or to provide companionship and support.
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Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

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Kate Floyd
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Bobbie (Barbara) J. Severson, ARNP
ARNP, Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center

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