Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Blog

Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Blog

Dealing with the Summer Heat and Multiple Sclerosis

Angeli Mayadev, MD

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

Seattle's summer is not over yet and temperatures have been on the rise. Many individuals with Multiple Sclerosis experience a worsening of symptoms when the weather is hot or humid. The heat can temporarily induce symptoms; however, it does not cause more disease activity. Should one become overheated, simple steps can be taken to lower your body temperature. The following can assist in easing the effects of heat: 

Free Wellness Classes at Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

Gentle Yoga and Wellness
Yoga is BACK! Please join us Tuesdays for Gentle Yoga and Wellness classes with new instructor, Sharon Lightfoot-Pound. Appropriate for all mobility levels and those brand new to Yoga. Transitioning to the floor is optional; wheelchairs are welcome. 

When: Starting in September, Tuesdays 1 - 2:15 PM
Where: MS Center - Jefferson Tower, Level A  - Hedreen Wellness Studio. 

 
RSVPs recommended for all classes, please call 206-320-2200.
 
Music, Movement, and Meditation Class   
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5th Annual Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center Art Show

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

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

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

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

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS 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.


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5th Annual Multiple Sclerosis Center Art Show 2014

Bobbie (Barbara) J. Severson, ARNP

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

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

Peiqing Qian

Peiqing Qian
Neurologist, Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center

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.
 
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Kate Floyd

Kate Floyd
Education Coordinator, Swedish MS Center

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Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

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