2008-01-17 / Upcoming Events

MS group meets in Newport

The Rhode Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society holds a multiple sclerosis self-help group at Newport Hospital the last Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The group, led by trained peer leaders, meets primarily for educational and social purposes, allowing attendees to share feelings and find support with others in similar situations.

For more information, call Tom at 682-1128 or Mary at 846-4929

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain and the body and it 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 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.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about the options by talking to a health care professional or contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalMSsociety. org or

1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).

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