The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Publishes Informative About MS Booklet
June 5, 2014
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is pleased to announce that the newly published About MS booklet is now available as both a printed and online publication. MSAA’s About MS: An Overview of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Including Symptoms, Treatments, and Research offers an overview of multiple sclerosis including history, process and symptoms, types of MS, possible causes, diagnosing and evaluating disease activity, relapse management, and FDA-approved disease-modifying treatments. Also included are highlights of some of MSAA’s programs and services available to the MS community.
This essential publication, reviewed by MSAA’s Chief Medical Officer and MS expert Dr. Jack Burks, is a valuable resource for individuals with MS as well as for their care partners. Funds for the printing of the About MS booklet have been generously provided through a grant from Genzyme, a Sanofi company. Please read or download the About MS booklet for free or order a printed copy at mymsaa.org
For more information about this publication and MSAA’s programs and services, please contact MSAA at (800) 532-7667 or visit mymsaa.org
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a national nonprofit organization and leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support. MSAA provides free programs and services, such as: a Helpline with professional consultants; award-winning publications, including MSAA’s magazine, The Motivator; MSAA’s nationally recognized website (at www.mymsaa.org), featuring award-winning educational videos and research updates; S.E.A.R.C.H.™ program to assist the MS community with learning about different treatment choices; a mobile phone app, My MS Manager™ (named one of the best multiple sclerosis iPhone & Android apps by Healthline.com); a resource database, My MS Resource Locator; safety and mobility equipment distribution; cooling accessories for heat-sensitive individuals; educational events held across the country; MRI funding; and more. For additional information, please visit www.mymsaa.org or call (800) 532-7667.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which consists of the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. MS damages or destroys the protective covering (known as myelin) surrounding the nerves of the CNS, and can potentially injure the nerves as well. This damage causes reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. Common MS symptoms include visual problems, overwhelming fatigue, difficulty with balance and coordination, and various levels of impaired mobility. Many experts estimate that 2.5 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with this disease, and most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 50. MS is not contagious and researchers continue to look for both a cause and a cure.