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DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS Many illnesses mimic multiple sclerosis and it is important to rule out vascular / infectious / inflammatory / structural changes that present with neurological symptoms/signs and with radiological changes.

Unraveling the Mystery of MS Differential Diagnosis



ADVANCED IMMUNOLOGY The complexity of the immune system as it apply to MS.

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ETIOLOGY The etiology of MS circle around the triad of the immune system – genetics – environmental factors.

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ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY Pathophysiology of MS – Inflammation, Demyelination, & Neurodegeneration.

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PROGRESSION Progression of disease as measured by clinical parameters – Relapse rate, disability accumulation as measured by the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) & MRI measures.

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COMPLEX SYMPTOMS MANAGEMENT Complex symptoms management throughout the course of the illness.

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BOTOX® (ONABOTULINUMTOXINA) Receives US FDA Approval for the Treatment of Urinary Incontinence in Adults with Neurological Conditions Including Multiple Sclerosis and Spinal Cord Injury (PDF: 236KB)

WOMEN ISSUES IN MS Women issues including pregnancy & MS, breastfeeding & MS.

Concerns for Special Patient Populations with MS




ASSESSMENT & SCREENING TOOLS IN MS Assessment tools in MS –
Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite=MSFC Expanded Disability Status Scale = EDSS.

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ADVANCED MANAGEMENT OF MS Disease Modifying agents in MS and New treatments in MS.

Predicting Neuropsychological Abnormalities in Multiple Sclerosis
  by Ralph H.B. Benedict & Robert Zivadinov

Reliable Screening for Neuropsychological Impairment in Multiple Sclerosis

Repeated Assessment of Neuropsychological Deficits in Multiple Sclerosis using the Symbol Digit Modalities Test and the MS Neuropsychological Screening Questionnaire


RESEARCH Phase I-IV clinical trials and Double blind placebo controlled trials in MS.

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ROLE OF EXPERIENCED NURSES IN MS Nurses’ role in newly diagnosed patients & patients with advanced disease.

The Evolving Role of the Nurse in the Treatment of MS by June Halper


WELLNESS For patient's wellness.

New Recommendations for Vitamin D
  by Rob Stein

• Food for Thought: Diet, BMI & MS?
  by Aliza Ben-Zacharia




 

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