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Multiple Sclerosis and Veterans (MS & Vets)

  • Research and Multiple Sclerosis

    10 GIU 2024 · The VA ranks as one of the nation’s leaders in health research. Thousands of studies are conducted at VA medical centers, outpatient clinics, and nursing homes each year. This research has significantly contributed to advancements in health care for Veterans and other Americans from every walk of life. Join Dr. Lindsey Wooliscroft to learn about MS research studies taking place in the VA to improve our understanding of MS and improve the care of people with this chronic disease.
    Played 17 min. 24 sec.
  • Osteoporosis and Multiple Sclerosis

    13 MAG 2024 · Bone fractures can be devastating. They can decrease quality of life by resulting in decreased mobility, increased need for assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), increased likelihood of institutionalization, increased risk of future fracture, and increased risk of death. People with MS are at increased risk for falls and increased risk of injury after a fall making the detection of osteoporosis even that much more important. Join Dr. Kathleen Burgess to learn about osteoporosis and what people with MS need to consider.
    Played 21 min. 3 sec.
  • Importance of MRI in Multiple Sclerosis Care

    8 APR 2024 · Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an excellent resource for people with MS. MRI studies provide a safe and non-invasive way to obtain detailed images of the brain and spinal cord, without any radiation exposure. Join Dr. Mitch Wallin to learn more about the importance of MRI in MS care.
    Played 14 min. 41 sec.
  • Vision and Multiple Sclerosis

    11 MAR 2024 · Vision is very important in almost everything we do, including watching television, reading a book, driving, and many other activities. When MS disturbs vision, it can have a significant impact on quality of life. People with MS can have different kinds of vision problems. Join Dr. Kimberly Winges to learn about vision dysfunction in people with MS and how best to address those symptoms.
    Played 18 min. 52 sec.
  • Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

    12 FEB 2024 · MS symptoms are variable and unpredictable. The duration and severity of symptoms may fluctuate over time. Most people do not have all the possible symptoms of MS, and no two people have the same combination or severity of symptoms. Join Dr. Andrew Romeo, MD to learn about the symptoms of MS, as well as some methods to manage them.
    Played 25 min. 32 sec.
  • Adaptive Driving and MS

    8 GEN 2024 · MS can affect the ability to perform activities of daily living. Driving is the most complex activity of daily living performed every day. Driving requires adequate vision, motor, memory, and thinking skills, and MS can affect all these areas. Join Patricia Niewoehner, OTR/L, CDRS to learn how MS can affect driving, what to look out for, and the adaptive equipment available to help keep you safe.
    Played 15 min. 6 sec.
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation and MS

    11 DIC 2023 · Approximately 40-65% of people with MS experience noticeable changes in cognitive functioning related to their MS. For some, these changes are fairly minor, while for others, the cognitive changes significantly disrupt their daily lives. Declining cognitive functioning is among the top concerns for those with MS because this can affect employment, relationships, driving, health management, and other important areas of daily life. Join Annette Askren, CScD, CCC-SLP to learn about this important topic.
    Played 17 min. 26 sec.
  • Choosing a Disease Modifying Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

    13 NOV 2023 · All people with MS should discuss taking a disease modifying therapy (DMT) with their MS provider. When offered, most people with MS choose to take them. Fortunately, we now have several DMTs that slow the course of MS. These medications have all been proven to benefit people with MS in well-designed large studies. Because DMTs, like any medication, come with risks, people with MS must decide for themselves. Join Dr. Kayla Martin to better understand your DMT options.
    Played 24 min. 25 sec.
  • What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?

    9 OTT 2023 · The cause of MS is currently unknown. What we do know suggests that there isn’t one single reason why someone gets MS. Instead, there are probably a number of different reasons, or factors involved - both genetic and environmental. Join Eric Williamson, MD to learn about what is known about the causes and risks for MS.
    Played 21 min. 53 sec.
  • Occupational Therapy and Multiple Sclerosis

    11 SET 2023 · Occupational therapy focuses on enabling people to do the things they want and need to do in their day-to-day lives. It helps people find meaning and purpose in their lives by enabling them to participate in valued activities related to self-care, household management, healthcare management, community engagement, work/school participation, and leisure engagement. Join Lauren Yacks, OTR/L, ATP to learn how occupational therapy may be able to help you.
    Played 21 min. 8 sec.

Nearly 1 million people in the United States are living with MS. This is more than double the original estimate from a few years ago and means answers for MS...

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Nearly 1 million people in the United States are living with MS. This is more than double the original estimate from a few years ago and means answers for MS are now twice as important. The VA’s Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence (MSCoE) are dedicated to furthering the understanding of MS, its impact on Veterans, and effective treatments to help manage the disease and its symptoms. MS & Vets is a new podcast series from MSCoE and the VA’s Employee Education System that discusses important issues related to the health and quality of life for Veterans with MS. During every episode you’ll hear subject matter experts weigh in on MS issues and also talk about services the VA provides because every Veteran’s health really does matter.
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