New Treatments and Approaches to Controlling Multiple Sclerosis
February 15, 2014•11 min
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an autoimmune disease in which the body's own immune system mistakenly attacks normal tissues of the body.In MS, these attacks are aimed at the myelin in the Central Nervous System (CNS).There has been extensive research about MS over the past 50 years. While we still do not know the cause of MS, we know that it is an inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system that occurs in people with a tendency to such a problem. We know that about 350,000 people in the United States have MS, about one in a 1,000 people. Since the first FDA approved medication became available in 1993, a total of seven medications have been FDA approved for use in multiple sclerosis (MS). Each of the approved medications in some way alters the course of MS.Each medication is available in injection form only. In general the medications reduce the frequency of exacerbations of MS, reduce the amount of activity seen on MRI scanning, and may slow the progression of MS. Each medication has its own side effects and risks. All of the approved medications have information materials to guide patient education provided by the manufacturer. Listen as the experts from Cleveland Clinic give you the most up to date information on MS and how you can live a full life even with MS.We're Talking About Your Health with Cleveland Clinic!