Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.
The cause of MS is still unknown – scientists believe the disease is triggered by an as-yet-unidentified environmental factor in a person who is genetically predisposed to respond.
The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.
Raise Awareness for MS Research Priorities
Last week, MS activists from across the country stormed Capitol Hill to advocate for MS policy priorities. Wednesday, March 14 is the deadline for U.S. Representatives to show their support for MS research:
MS research funding at the Department of Defense: High-risk, high-reward research seeks to prevent, cure, reverse, or slow the progression and the lessen the personal and societal impact of MS.
The National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System at the Centers for Disease Control: Data acquired from this system will expedite the development of novel treatments and allow for better anticipation of health care needs and more efficient utilization of resources.