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Advances in Vision Assessment in Multiple Sclerosis

Over the past several years, the visual function of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been increasingly recognized as an important marker of quality of life in MS, and as a useful indicator of the severity and activity of MS both clinically, and in MS research. Measurement of a person’s ability to see faded letters (low contrast acuity) has been found to be an excellent marker of MS visual function, and its change over time is related to MS disease activity. Optical coherence tomography (OCT), which measures the health of optic nerves and retinas in individuals with MS, is providing an explosion of data that has increased our insight into the extent, course, and pathology of multiple sclerosis.
 
At this year’s North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society meeting, data was presented on another technique that is being developed and refined for use in the MS population, a questionnaire about visual quality of life.  The ..

Dr. James Bowen to speak about Multiple Sclerosis at Tacoma Science Cafe

Join us for a talk and casual discussion at the next Tacoma Science Cafe.
 
Speaker:          Dr. James Bowen, M.D., MS Center Neurologist and Medical Director
 
Talk:                Multiple Sclerosis in the Pacific Northwest
 
Date:               Tuesday, September 9
 
Time:               6:30 p.m.
 
Location ....

Multiple Sclerosis and the Winter Blues

Many people with Multiple Sclerosis look forward to the cooler temperatures and reduced humidity that comes with fall and winter. Symptoms can be worse in the warm summer months so relief comes to many with the lower temperatures. With fall and winter right around the corner, it’s important to be aware of and prepare for the Winter Blues. 
 
The Winter Blues is fairly common in northern latitudes where the days become shorter and there is reduced sunlight.  The Winter Blues is often characterized by feeling irritable or gloomy, having less energy, sleeping more but not feeling more rested, and eating more, often with cravings for carbohydrates.  So what can one do to prevent the Winter Blues?

Multiple Sclerosis Center Summer BBQ presented by Young Adults with MS Support Group

On August 23 the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center hosted a summer barbeque in honor of the Young Adults with MS Support Group. With nearly 140 patients, family members, friends, and MS Center staff in attendance, the luncheon occupied the clinic’s lounge, wellness studio, and exterior terrace. Speeches were given by Dr. James Bowen, Medical Director and Neurologist at the MS Center as well as members of the Young Adults with MS Support Group. Patients and visitors had the opportunity to socialize and connect with others in the MS community while enjoying appetizers, burgers, hot dogs, and dessert.

 

Having grown from five individuals to over 20, the support group, led by Janice Huertas, MS Center Medical Assistant, is held every 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30 PM at the Swedish MS Center. The support group welcomes those diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20-45 and any supporting family or friends. Members dine together at local restaurants, listen to guest speakers, and enjoy games and activities at the MS Center. Whether the sessions are taking your mind off of the hardships of the disease or allowing everyone to openly discuss  ....

Multiple Sclerosis Center August Pet of the Month

Meet Reggie - this two year old English Springer Spaniel loves visiting retirement homes and sporting hats and bow ties. Reggie may be the most dapper canine around as he enjoys showing off his attire and meeting new people. Found as a stray in Oregon, Reggie was rescued and placed in a shelter for ten days. Matted, disheveled, and smelly, Reggie waited but no one came to claim him. Soon after, English Springer Rescue America (ESRA) was called and he was adopted by his (now) best friend, Jackie Harrison. Jackie has trained Reggie to be her service dog while making him the best dressed dog in town. Reggie was Jackie's 14th foster dog through English Springer Rescue America.
 
Reggie in his patriotic attire at last year's 4th of July parade on Bainbridge IslandFor his training, Reggie and Jackie participated in a program through Summit Assistance Dogs in Anacortes, Washington. This non-profit organization rescues ....

Dealing with the Summer Heat and Multiple Sclerosis

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

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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