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Two programs to be held in St. Cloud next month for people with MS

Aug. 18, 2008

Contact: Emily Wilson

MINNEAPOLIS — The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter will host two programs in St. Cloud, Minn., throughout the month of September, covering topics such as cognitive issues related to multiple sclerosis and the latest assistive technology available for people with disabilities.

The Solving Cognitive Issues program is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud, Division St. and 37th Ave. At the program, Dr. Allen Ingenito from the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology will provide basic information about MS-related cognitive problems and ways to manage this symptom of the disease. There is no fee for this program and the deadline to register is Sept. 2. For more information, contact Timothy Holtz at 612-335-7930 or tholtz@MSsociety.org.   

The Housing and Independence Workshop is from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Michael’s Restaurant in St. Cloud, 510 S. Highway 10. At the workshop, participants will hear from industry experts about the latest assistive technology available to help maximize independence at home. There is no fee for this workshop. The deadline to register is Sept. 22. For more information, contact Steve Korngable at 612-335-7974 or skorngable@MSsociety.org.

To register for one or both of these programs, visit http://www.mssociety.org/ or call 800-582-5296.

About the multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

About the National MS Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50 state network of chapters. We fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS now. The Minnesota Chapter represents an estimated 9,000 people with MS in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Join the movement at nationalmssociety.org.

Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ or 1-800-344-4867 to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.


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